See & Sand
The Baltic Sea has many advantages over resorts by the Mediterranean Sea. It guarantees two things the kids love: a large expanse of shallow water and vast beaches of fine, clean sand!
The most beautiful beaches at the Baltic Sea? That’s a tough question.
Those near the Wisla Spit are the whitest; those on Hel are unique because there are two kinds: one in Pucka Bay and the northern beach facing the open sea. Near Swinoujscie they are vast and on Wolin Island the beach is ‘embraced’ by 93 meter high cliffs!
Parents with young children like in particular Swinoujście, Krynica Morska, tiny Pogorzelica, Dziwnow, Kolobrzeg, Jastarnia and Hel (according to ‘Stars on the beach’ in the ‘Polityka’ weekly magazine). On these beaches you will find lifeguards, windbreaks, umbrellas, beach games and basket chair rentals, changing rooms and showers by the beach (sometimes you have to pay). Restaurants fronting these beaches also serve those special favourite meals for children.
Ustka is considered to be especially children friendly and there is a kindergarten near the public beach where toddlers are given ID wrist bracelets.
Apres beach can be spent in aqua parks (with pools of heated sea water in Darlowek), in playgrounds or on an excursion in the electric train. Don’t miss the seal display and the butterfly collection in Miedzyzdroje. The children will definitely like the Slowinski National Park where they will find a giant sandpit where they can climb up and roll down some of the dunes.
The blue flags of the EU are visible over two of the Polish public beaches – in Swinoujście and Gdansk. They indicate a clean environment, security and good accessibility to the beach. Tests made by Sanepid over the year are also indicators that the beaches are clean and free of any bacterial danger. The decision whether to open a beach or not are based on the results of these tests. There are no dangerous creatures in the Polish sea, but some of the over abundant algae in places can make swimming difficult.
The average temperature of the water in the summer is 17-21˚C. The most popular type of accommodation is to be found in private houses and costs 35-60 zł per person per night. It is advisable to book in advance, sometimes as early as three months before the holiday season starts.