There are no shortages of beaches around Tangier. We are having so much fun exploring them all. Interestingly enough, it didn’t really become beach weather until mid-June with the temperatures only in the low 70’s until then. Now they are hovering around the low 80’s and the water is still very brisk!
Easiest to get to, so always very crowded is the beach at Tangier Bay. This is the area where hotels abound on the strip of Mohammed V, so the folks staying there just have to cross the busy street to arrive at the beach.
A small local’s beach stands to the west at the end of the corniche called Merkala. This is a lovely small beach with mostly Moroccans. That made me feel a little less comfortable as most of the women are fully covered, even when they go into the water. I, of course, am not. This was my own self-consciousness however and not the judgment of anyone around me.
Further, down the west coast, you can find Ashakar. This beach is wide and long and seemingly goes on forever. You can certainly find a private spot here, but the waters of the Atlantic can be forceful and cold.
The stretches of undeveloped beach on the drive out to Asilah is amazing. It goes on for miles and miles. You can see cows, sheep, and goats grazing in the grasses between the road and the sand. This time of year, people stake out a small area to spend the day, but there are no services here (aka, bathrooms), so you have to make do as you see fit.
As you get closer to Asilah, more resort developments start to crop up and the beaches in Asilah are active and busy. Most all of the beaches in Morocco are public and there is no cost to visit them. This is a sharp contrast to my experience in Italy. Most beaches are private and rows upon rows of umbrellas and chairs are set out for a price.
There are disadvantages and advantages to both styles, but for now, I am enjoying finding the perfect spot to spend the rest of my summer days.