Iran is a vast country. Its geography is home to many wonderful phenomena. You might think that Iran is only a huge desert. But it’s not. In fact, on the map of Iran, you can easily see that she has two seas: one in the north, and one in the south. Iran beaches and shores span for 5800 km in total. In this article, we are going to take a look at these beautiful spots in the south of Iran and all the surprising beauty they contain.
You’ll easily see the Persian Gulf on the map of Iran. It’s connected to the Oman Sea, where there is a way to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Many cities and towns in the south of Iran are close to the sea, with beautiful beaches. These range from Khoram Shahr out in the southwest to Chabahar’s amazing beach in the southeast. Boushehr, Bandar Lengeh, Bandar Abbas, Minab, and Jask are in the middle.
South of Iran is very hot, and it’s also very humid. The people are mostly workers of the sea: from fishermen to people who trade by the sea. They are famous for being kind, hospitable, warm, and friendly. In many cities down in the south, they live through the night because days are very hot. They have great food, mostly spicy.
Bandar Lengeh is a harbor city in Hormozgan and one of the most important cities in the south. You can go to Kish by boat from Bandar Lengeh.
Kish Island is one of the islands of the Persian Gulf and is a part of Bandar Lengeh city in Hormozgan province. In the past, it was called Qays. The island resembles an ellipse. It is located 12 kilometers off the Shibkuh coast. On average, more than 1 million tourists visit the island annually.
Marjan Beach (Coral Beach) is a popular part of Kish and a great one among Iran beaches. Watching the sunrise here is unforgettable. There are scattered alcoves on the beach, as well as the Kish Cycling Track. There is also a seaside entertainment center for visitors to enjoy on the beach. You can find jet ski, banana, shuttle, and parasell diving. There is also a small boardwalk on the beach that guides you through the beautiful waters and coral beaches.
One of the Iran beaches in Kish is the Greek Ship Beach. There is a ship lying on this beach, old and full of untold stories. It came to Kish almost 55 years ago. 23 years earlier than that, The William Hamilton Company made the ship in Glasgow. It weighed 7061 tones and its length was 136 meters. Over the course of years, it had many English and Iranian owners. The last owner, however, was a Greek person. That’s why they call it the Greek Ship.
Nobody knows why this ship ended like that. There were rumors of piracy and conflict in the sea. There are also theories about how Lloyds company wanted to get insurance money and tried to sink the ship. Whatever the truth, the ship remains a tourist attraction for hundreds today.
Another wonderful Iran beaches is Mirmohana. Mirmohana Beach Park is the largest beach park of Kish located on Darya Boulevard. Darya Boulevard is one of the major boulevards in Kish. It is a relatively busy route. Most of the restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, markets, hotels, and guesthouses of the island are on this boulevard. For this reason, tourists and travelers do not have to travel a great distance from hotels and shopping centers to the beach.
Mirmohana Beach Park is near the Arab neighborhood, which is home to the natives of Kish Island. You can enjoy the modern recreational activities of Kish as well as the traditional texture and life of the locals. There are a variety of animal species living in Mirmohana Beach Park. You can see all kinds of birds, such as herons and storks, flying in the sky and over the surface of the water.
On the beach, you can also see corals, mussels, eels, snails, and strange and beautiful rocks that are brought to the beach by roaring waves. A large number of Persian Gulf turtles live on this beach, which is especially exciting and spectacular for children.
There is a special fishing pier at Mirmohana Beach Park that allows tourists and islanders interested in hunting and fishing to catch fish at certain times of the day. For those who are not, there is a fish market where tourists can buy fresh fish. Plus, there are markets for souvenirs, handicrafts, clothing, food, and a variety of other goods that cater to visitors’ need to travel long distances to shop. There is also a convenient cycling location for those who are interested in enjoying the sport while visiting the beach and the sea.
The fisherman beach is on the east coast of Kish. The Fisherman Statue holds the record of the country’s largest figurine statue with 12 meters of height. There are two waterfalls located on both the eastern and western sides of the beach, and the two fountains are connected by a 100-meter-long water stream.
Iran beaches are full of amazing trees. Another Iran beach on the east side of Kish is the coconut beach. This place is home to numerous coconut trees. It also has one of the most beautiful sunsets in Kish. Damoun is in the north of Kish. It is near Damoun Market, where you can find almost anything you need. Damoun is among the popular markets for tourists in Kish. There are very nice hotels here. The reason why these hotels are very popular is, aside from great services, the great view they offer in their rooms.
Damoun is on the north of Kish, and very popular among Iran beaches. It is near Damoun Market, where you can find almost anything you need. Damoun is among the popular markets for tourists in Kish. There are very nice hotels here. These hotels also provide great views in their rooms.
Kolbeh Hoor is a rocky outcrop in the western part of Kish Island, and a wonder among Iran beaches. Any Kish travel guide would offer Kolbeh Hoor to you. The abundance of fish, mussels, and turtles in the area has led many tourists to fish in this part of Kish Island. The area is also of particular interest to diving enthusiasts.
There is a small cave here, only 5 meters in length, in the south of the beach. It will be very enjoyable to pass through when the tide is full. At Kolbeh Hoor, one of the most spectacular phenomena is the saline water that is lifted from the bottom of the earth by the force of the wind. Then, it is made sweet and usable by solar energy. Plus, in this solar water heater complex in Kish, there are various types of solar ovens that tourists can use. The wild nature of this area is another attraction. It is very exciting to see large waves hitting rocky cliffs, especially in this outcrop where water flows through the gaps and erupts up.
Simorgh Beach is another one of Kish Island’s beach parks. It is in the southeastern part of Kish Island, along the coast, next to Marina Park Hotel, Simorgh Hotel, and Kish Dolphinarium Complex.
Simorgh Seaside Park is between Jahan Road and Cycling Road. Its approximate area is 15,000 square meters, and it spans for 300 meters along a phenomenally beautiful sandy beach. Simorgh Beach also has a playground for children. You can find table tennis, skating rinks, hiking trails, fountains, toilets, and a cycling station here. One of the spots that attract many tourists is the statue of Simorgh, which has given the park a special beauty. This white statue is near the Persian Gulf.
Ladies’ Beach on Kish Island has to be top of the list for any female reader about Iran beaches. Here women are free to enter the water, which isn’t always possible with other beaches in the country. This coastal site provides an interesting insight into beach life in Iran. With clear water, women can enjoy going into the sea while they discover the vibrant coral reefs. Lines of sunbathers can be seen relaxing and you can have a massage on the beach. Be aware that you are not allowed to take pictures here and you may be asked to hand in your phone upon entry. Also. It should be mentioned that you can either find ladies’ beaches in the north of Iran in different cities and beaches.
There are many ways to get to Kish. The comfortable and easiest way is taking a flight to Kish Island from all the airports all around the country. But it is not the just and last way, you can go to Aftab port or Lengeh port by your own car and then by passenger ship or ferry go to Kish Island.
Kish is a tourist spot, filled with many tourist accommodations. These include small guesthouses to grand hotels. There is no lack of facilities whatsoever, but for the sake of safety and security, it’s better to stay in hotels. Some of the great hotels are Toranj, Dariush Grand Hotel, Marina, Sorinet Sadaf, and Flamingo.
Hendurabi Island lies between the two islands Kish and Lavan. The island is 23 km away from Kish and 325 km away from Bandar Abbas. You can also go to Hondurabi from Port Lengeh. The port is 133 km away from Hondurabi.
Legend has it that there used to be two lovers named Hend and Rabi living on this island. That is the reason why they call it Hendourabi. While many think that nobody lives on this island, it has almost 200 inhabitants who are mostly fishermen. It has a school, a health clinic, and a police station.
There are very few tall cliffs on Hendourabi. So if you want to dive into the water, you need to go to the west of this island. The highest point is 43 meters from the ground. You can also swim if you want, but you need to choose the northern parts for this. There, the water’s depth is 5 to 8 meters. There are also lots of starfish here. In the eastern and southern parts, the water’s depth is 8 to 18 meters. So you can’t swim safely, but many people choose the southern parts to camp. It’s more beautiful.
Qeshm is one of the Iranian islands in the Strait of Hormuz. It is separated from the mainland by Khuran in the Persian Gulf. Qeshm has wonderful weather conditions. If you’re there in winter, you’ll see how amazingly beautiful it is. Qeshm is also the largest island in Iran that offers you the most beautiful Iran beaches.
Qeshm Island is a few kilometers away from the southern coast of Iran. The island’s free zone area is 300 square kilometers. The average temperature here, which is very attractive to many tourists, is approximately 27 °C. The warmest months in Qeshm are June through August, and if you don’t like hot and humid weather, you’d better not be here at this time. The coldest and the best, months to be in Qeshm are from October to January.
Qeshm Island has multiple attractions to attract more domestic and foreign tourists. Among these attractions are many beautiful beaches that you can visit. The inhabitants of the island are mostly fishermen. They also grow melons and dates. In the southern parts of Qeshm, some people are in the business of mining salt. Many come to Qeshm to see its wonderful Hera forests.
In the heart of Qeshm, there is a large beach with a variety of amenities. Throughout the year, being on this beach is a true refreshment. The corner pavilions attract many travelers. The main attraction of the beach is its beautiful seaside view, which makes campers camp here almost every night of the year. They enjoy the night, with the sound of the sea, and its cool breeze in the morning. The sunset and sunrise are truly spectacular here.
You can find futsal, basketball, beach volleyball, skateboarding, and cycling in Olive Beach. The restaurants and diners offer the most delicious local and seafood dishes. Coffee shops and cafés are also here to offer great drinks and desserts. Live and indigenous music is played in Qeshm’s Olive Park amidst the palm trees, which provides a lovely atmosphere. Although Qeshm has many beach parks, the proximity of Olive Beach to the city center, its lively nights and amenities make it one of Qeshm’s most popular spots. If you are planning a trip to Qeshm, you can visit the shopping centers where you can find almost everything.
The Naaz Islands are different from all the beaches you’ve ever seen. Here, in the tide, a beam of glistening sand connects three rocks that rise out of the water to Qeshm. The islands are called DoGardeh by locals and are listed on the map of Iran as Naaz Islands. Tourists know them by the same name. Although Naaz Islands are accessible for a short time, travelers can enjoy being there and watching Lark Island. It is interesting to note that Naaz Islands are part of Qeshm World Geopark and one of the seven wonders of the island. According to many experts, the area has long been a place for fishermen to rest. There are no shops or amenities on the islands themselves, except for the vendors. But near the parking lot, there are basic amenities for the visitors.
Naaz Island amenities include seaside walks, Afro riding on the islands, horse and camel rental, and aerial recreation over the islands. All water sports including swimming, scuba diving, and jet skiing can also be done here. You have to cross the Star Valley to reach the islands.
Hormoz Island Beach is 16 km from Bandar Abbas. Because of its strategic position, people call it the key to the Persian Gulf. Attractions include the Portuguese castle, salt goddess, rainbow valley, statue valley, snow mountain, salt cave, red soil mine, silver beach, and the sandy beach. The red beach is made up of red soil and known as one of the most important Iran beaches. This soil used to be exported until people’s protest led to its halt. The soil is edible because most of it is a type of spice. Local people call it “Gelak”. You can swim in Hormoz, and the best time to go there is the second half of winter and the entire spring. Mornings and afternoons are great to be on the beach. You can go there through Qeshm and Bandar Abbas.
Hengam Island is also famous as Silver Island. Qeshm travel guide always suggests Hengam as one of the great Iran beaches, because of the picturesque view it offers you. During your journey to this Island, you see dolphins that swim around your boat, and the seagulls which expand this view. There are two ways to go there: either from Qeshm, which is 2 km away or from Bandar Abbas. If you go from Bandar Abbas, you should take a boat from Zakeri Port and another boat from there to Kandelou, and finally, to Hengam Island.
Turtle Island Beach is another wonder in Qeshm. Many kinds of turtles walk slowly around the beach. You can see the lovely play between them and the sea. One of the famous turtles of the beach is Eretmochelys Imbricate. You can find them from mid-March to the end of June.
Also, it should be mentioned that turtles oviposit on this beach at nights and if anybody bothers them they will leave the beach and choose another beach.
There are flights from all airports in Iran to Qeshm. If you don’t want to go by plane, you can go to Bandar Abbas (either by car or train). From Bandar Abbas, there are boats that take you to Haghani Port. Then, you can take a boat to Zakeri Port of Qeshm.
Because it is a tourist island, it has various facilities and accommodations. But for the sake of health and safety, it is better to stay in a hotel. Two good hotels are Eram Hotel and Irman Boutique Hotel.
Chabahar is one of the southeastern cities of Sistan and Baluchestan Province in Iran and the only oceanic port of this country located on the coast of Makran Sea and the Indian Ocean. Its berth is capable of holding oceanic vessels and it is one of Iran’s free trade zones. Most Chabahar people are Baluchi and Sunni and speak the Baluchi Makran language. Chabahar has many attractions including beaches, lagoons, the Martian Mountains, and banana and mango gardens.
From Chabahar to the east on the banks of the unparalleled golden beaches of Makran is a winding promenade between the Manaturi Mountains and Oman Sea, some 60 kilometers to a beautiful harbor along the coastline of Oman (Makran Beach). At the top of the rocky walls, whose outcrops overlook the sea, there is the port of Beris. It is always calm with warm and hospitable people. On the Chabahar road to the Beris Beach are the Martian Mountains. Temples and Lake Lipar are other attractions along the Kachou area to the Gulf of Gwadar.
Darak Village, located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Makran Coast, is about 170 km west of Chabahar Free Zone and 120 km from Konarak city center. This beautiful and pristine village, in addition to its hospitable and lovely people, has four rocky beaches, sandy beaches, and coral beaches, which makes this tourism area more astonishing. Darak Beach is amazing in that it’s a huge dessert that merges with the sea.
The beautiful beach of Tiss is a beach that is really unique. The beach is about one to one and a half kilometer deep, and up to one kilometer wide. The slope rises so gently that you just don’t notice it. There is no need to know the techniques of swimming on this beach and anyone can enjoy the warm water in the clear waters of Makran Beach. The same feature will make many people have fun at this beautiful beach. Around the beach, sometimes your eyes fall to the camels that drive kids and adults to the beach.
About 60 kilometers east of Chabahar, there is a beautiful harbor called Beris. This harbor beach is located in the village of Beris, which has a warm and humid climate. Blue skies have made the seabirds of this Iran beach more attractive. To the north of the village of Beris is the high Martian Mountains and to the west is the Oman Sea. Visitors to the port can enjoy the rocky beaches and spectacular sandy beaches along Oman’s endless sea and explore other natural attractions called the Old Brice Estuary. A rocky village near this fishing pier is also close to Beris. Photography alongside its relatively quiet cliffs has become one of the attractions of the village.
Lipar Wetland is located on the coastal road of Chabahar to Gwader on the coast of Oman. The lagoon lies in a gorge and rocky valley overlooking the mountains. In this wetland, the water of the Oman Sea has been static and has created a suitable habitat for plant and animal life. You can visit Lipar to enjoy wildlife.
You can go to Chabahar either by airplane or by car/train. There are daily flights to Chabahar from almost all cities in Iran.
There are many guesthouses in Chabahar. However, you would be better off if you stay in a hotel. Some good hotels are Lipar Hotel, Laleh Hotel, and Ferdows Hotel.
Bushehr is a large city in the south of Iran, along the coast of the Persian Gulf. It’s one of the ancient cities of Iran. Since hundreds of years ago, it has been a crucial hub for trade.
Reishahr Beach is in the south of Bushehr, close to Shiraz and Abadan. It is almost a thousand years old and one of the most beautiful Iran beaches. You can find all kinds of amenities in Reishahr Beach, including places to stay and entertainment centers. The best time to be in Reishahr is in winter and spring when the weather is excellent.
The Chabahar miniature mountains created by the erosion of water and wind in the area have made it one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Iran. When you set foot in this beautiful area, it looks like you have traveled to Mars, a planet with special, rainbow mountains. But this is a planet in the heart of Chabahar with mountains known as the Martian Mountains. This beach is located in Deylaman Port.
Asalooyeh, whose name means “a place for honeyed waters”, is a city where you can find many refineries. This is the city of oil and petroleum. An industrial landscape in the heart of the south of Iran, and extremely beautiful.
Banoud Village is located 35 km east of Asalouyeh. This village is one of the easternmost villages of Bushehr Province. With a population of 800, is located six kilometers from the well of Mubarak and is close to the Persian Gulf, a region prone to fishing, tourism, and beach sports. The village of Banoud is best known for its rocky coastline. The village is very close to the sea; however, the sea is not visible from the village.
Bandar Abbas is the largest port in Iran with a large amount of transit through Shahid Rajaee and Bahonar Ports. The distance from Bandar Abbas to Tehran is 1287 km, 931 km to Isfahan, and 491 km to Kerman. Its population varies in different seasons of the year. Bandar Abbas has always welcomed many guests from all over the world due to its special conditions. People call it the bride of the south of Iran because it is the heart of southern culture and a phenomenally beautiful city.
The Soru Beach Park is located in Bandar Abbas, near the sea. The park has amenities such as a children’s play area, tables, and stone benches, and trees such as coconut, ornamental palm, date, sycamore, and plumeria. The Forest Torch has distinguished this seaside park from other beach parks.
North of Iran is the place for the lovers of forests and greenery. It’s very different from the south in terms of nature and culture. The Caspian Sea is in the north of Iran. Two large provinces make up most of the north: Mazandaran and Gilan. They include many towns and also many beautiful beaches. The northerners are less dependent on sea-related jobs than the southerners. The weather here is humid throughout the year. You’ll get many rainfalls, especially in spring, which is the greatest time to travel to the north.
People in the north of Iran have many beautiful customs and traditions. There is always an air of bliss around you in the north, and people are very hospitable. They are famous for their amazingly delicious local Iranian foods.
Gilan Province is next to the Caspian Sea. It is in the west of Mazandaran. If you take a look at the map of Iran, you’ll find Rasht City at the center of Gilan. Other towns and cities of Gilan include Astara, Lahijan, Masouleh (which is phenomenally beautiful), Manjil (famous for its winds), Rudbar (famous for a historical castle), Rudsar, Shaft, Hashtpar, and Sowme’eh Sara.
Bandar-e Anzali (Anzali Harbor, which was previously known as Bandar-e Pahlavi, before the Islamic Revolution) is a city in Gilan. Anzali is a free zone. When it comes to tourism, Anzali holds a great record of attracting travelers. It is home to an island called Mianposhteh. A clock tower called Manareh is a great tourist attraction in Anzali. Another tourist attraction is the harbor promenade. Plus, the water-logged delta and the beach along the Sefid Rud are the destinations of many tourists every year.
One of the most beautiful beaches of Gilan is Chamkhaleh Beach. If you want to enjoy the beautiful nature of the various farms spread along the coast and the mountain view, and the beauty of the sea, go to the beautiful Chamkhaleh Beach and enjoy the seaside relaxation on the shoulders of the mountains. The name of this place consists of two words: “Cham”, which means “river” in Kurdish, and “Khaleh”, which means branch in Gilaki. So it means “consisting of branches of rivers connected together”.
The inhabitants of Chamkhale are very hospitable and warm-hearted. They engage in agriculture and fishing. Their most famous produce includes rice and watermelon. Much of the land in the tourist towns of Chaf and Chamkhale is by the seaside. They give the beach a unique and exquisite beauty.
Chamkhaleh Beach is one of the safest beaches in the country. In 2011, the Ministry of Interior Affairs selected Chamkhaleh as the best beach in the province. Chamkhaleh had many beautiful beaches and villas before the 1979 revolution, but, unfortunately, it did not prosper after the revolution. Another spectacular sightseeing spot is the beautiful lagoon with its many birds and quiet, pristine beaches. One of the beauties of this lagoon is the river which is one of the deepest rivers in the country. In some parts, it reaches 6 meters deep. The river used to be a crossing point for Russian and Iranian ships.
Sadaf Beach in Astara is one of the cleanest coastal areas near the Caspian Sea. It is ecologically very valuable. Every year, tourists on their journey to the north of the country visit this beautiful beach to spend relaxing moments in this peaceful atmosphere. As you walk along the beach, you will find mussel flooring in different shapes, small and large mussels that have been coming to the beach for many years. This is an especially fun and entertaining sight for children. The beach is approximately 15 minutes (7 km) from the city center and is an ideal location for leisure and water sports. The 17-hectare beach is home to a beach-sanitation plan that houses Red Crescent and lifeguard rescuers.
Convenient amenities for tourists are available on the shores of Sadaf Beach. These include a lodge, traditional resorts, shops and a buffet, a bath and a fresh shower (for bathing swimmers), and other amenities. Just a short walk from Sadaf Beach, you can reach the great Astara Beach Market and find everything you need at the most affordable prices. In addition, if you are a thrill-seeker, you can take the path to Heiran Canyon. There, you can spend hours in the tourist village and the cabins of Heiran while watching the breathtaking views of Astara nature.
Gisoum Forest is one of Talesh’s tourist attractions. Many travelers are eager to get through the forest and get to where it merges with the seaside. The legendary forest Gisoum joins the Caspian Sea in a breathtakingly beautiful spot, a sandy beach. Walking along the road that connects Gisoum to the sea gives peace and freshness to the soul. At the end of this green route, Gisoum Beach awaits you to complete the tranquility and pleasure of the journey. There is a mosque at the end of the road which is 1000 years old. You will have an awesome experience visiting it.
Ramsar is a city where the sea merges with forests and mountains. It is one of the most beautiful Iran beaches in Mazandaran. In some places, it is sandy and pebbly in others to attract anyone of all tastes. In Ramsar, whenever you want, you can go to the sea from most parts of the city and stroll along its beautiful beach to hear the sound of waves. There, you can enjoy the peace that urban life has taken away from you.
Mazandaran Province is along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. In the amazing nature of the province, you can find plains and rainforest. Many lush jungles and villages stretching from the sandy beaches of the sea to the Alborz Sierra. Mazandaran, too, is famous for its delicious foods. It is also a densely populated province, and very popular among both foreign and domestic tourists.
Sisangan is a vast area that contains both forests and beaches. You can go to Sisangan through Nowshahr or Noor City. The coastal area is 30 hectares. It is on the roadside and has trees and shrubs such as alder, oak, azalea, lilac, fig, hornbeam, pomegranate, red walnut, forest tomato, mulberry, blackbird, and black elk. You can find recreational and water sports (jet skiing and boating) beach sports (horse riding, beach volleyball, and racing), a recreational complex, and computer games. There are amenities available on this beach, including restrooms, family camping sites, and car parks.
Miankale Peninsula is a peninsula in Mazandaran and in the south-east of the Caspian Sea. It is highly important ecologically, not just to Iran, but to the world. This is due to the fact that it is home to numerous rare animals and plans. Most Caspian birds live here. It is close to Ashoorzadeh Island, so you can visit both when you go there. If you are in the east of Mazandaran and want to visit this place, you should go from Behshahr City.
To reach Chapkrood, you can use the two routes of Khazar Abad and Jouyabar, both of which reach and connect to the village of Kuh-e Khil in Larim area, crossing Kuh-e Khil and crossing the road westward before reaching Bahman Mir. A dirt road is separated from the main road and continues to the north. Chapkrood Beach is one of the most beautiful Iran beaches in Mazandaran Province in terms of natural conditions and facilities for a short stay.
Namak Abrood Beach Resort is located on the northern margin of the town and north of the Chalus-Tonekabon Road. It has a spectacular view of the Caspian Sea. This beach resort is covered by swordfish. It attracts tourists because of its tranquil, beautiful environment and diverse water sports. The beach offers boating, swimming, jet-skiing, hovercraft, shuttle, and river fishing. You can also go for the ATV motor and car track, horse riding, cycling, and amusement track here, and give your ride a vibrant color. Other benefits of Namak Abrood Lake Resort include its summer festival. Every year, from July until the end of summer, the project runs on Healthy Beach.
For reaching to some of Iran beaches you don’t have to worry about Iran visa. Some spots of Iran are free zones and without applying for the visa you can enter them and have fun. These free zones are Bandar Anzali in Gilan province, Kish and Qeshm Island in Hormozgan province that you can come even by sea from Dubai; and Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchistan province.
Iran is not just a huge desert. It has numerous beaches and seaside areas. The northern parts are different from the southern parts both in terms of culture and nature. Next time you plan to visit Iran, make sure you’ll see at least one of the many beautiful beaches.