There are an abundance of gorgeous beaches just a short trip outside the city.

What better place to enjoy the sun when it appeaars than at the beach? Whether you’re hitting the sandy shores for a quick dip in the cool water or you simply want to work on your Irish tan, Dublin’s beaches have plenty to offer.

Many visitors to Dublin don’t realize how close and accessible the beaches are. Don’t miss out! Check out this list of must visit beaches in and around the capital.

1. Dollymount Strand

Dollymount strand, located just north of Dublin bay, is the closest beach to the city. The sandy shore stretches 3 miles long and you can find a chain of sand dunes bordering the eastern end of the beach. As Dollymount Strand is a very exposed beach it’s the perfect place for kite surfing.

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2. Portmarnock Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Dublin, Portmarnock is ideal for swimming and sunbathing due to it’s long and wide shoreline. It is a very picturesque location with clear views of the Dublin mountains and Howth Harbor. So stock up the cooler bag, grab the beach chairs and head on down to the golden coastline of Portmarnock.

3. Bray

Bray is often referred to has the “stony beach,” but most of the locals will admit it’s not a beach at all. However, that's not to say that Bray's Victorian promenade doesn't have many purposes. It's the ideal place for an evening stroll and the walkway is lined with traditional pubs and small dainty shops. In the summer the seafront becomes a concert venue with local acts performing during Bray's Summerfest.

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4. Skerries

No doubt every Irish kid has spent a hot summers day basking in the sun on Skerries beach. This beach has all the ingredients for a great day out, including amusements, promenade walks and playgrounds.The southern part of the beach is quite windy so if you’re not in the mood to get windswept then head to the northern end of the beach for some great family fun.

5. Killiney Beach

If you’re looking for a beach with a view, this is the one for you! Much like Bray, Killiney beach is also a stony beach, but it’s still suitable for swimming and bathing. Many well known sites such as the Dublin mountains and Bray head are visible from the shores. The best views of the beach can be seen from the DART train. As you round the corner from Dalkey station the views of the bay are simply breath-taking.

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6. Sandycove

A small beach located outside of the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove is great for family days out lying on the sand, splashing in the sea and building some sandcastles. Make sure you try the 99er ice-creams from Teddy’s corner shop beside the beach. They are simply delicious!

7. Bettystown

This beach is located at the edge of the thriving village of Bettystown in Meath. Although it is a little outside of Dublin it’s known as a haven for the weary city dwellers. This beautiful sandy beach is perfect for long summer evening strolls. It’s also a popular location for families with dogs as the spacious beach is ideal for your canine companions to roam free.

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* Originally published in 2014.