Beaches in Alibaug
Alibaug beach: This is the main beach of the town. A very flat stretch makes for a long walk. Reasonably clean beach and has thin crowds during the week. The sand has a hard texture and is a shade black. Not easy to create sand-castles. Note that the tide rolls in from all sides. You may have to wade through water on the way back.
Alibaug Fort: Alibag is the seat of District Administration of Raigad (formerly Kolaba) district since 1852. The name Kolaba is attributed to a Sea Fort Kolaba built by Shivaji the great, in 1680 to fight the mighty naval prowess of the Siddis' (Abyssenians) of Janjira and the British of Mumbai. Kolaba fort is famous for many battles, between Siddis and Kanhoji Angre, the British and the Portuguese.
THAL beach: Isolated Beach 9 km from Zirad.
Varsoli Beach:Located about a mile from the main beach, home to a very large naval base.It is situated just on the outskirts of Alibaug. It is relatively less visited site and as a result is a quiet beach with sparkling white sand and cleaner seawater. Varsoli is a small satellite village across Alibag, complete with thick vegetation of coconut and Casuarina.
Awas: It is situated about 3.5 km away from Zirad.
Saswane: It is situated about 8 km away from Zirad.
Akshi Beach: It is situated 6 km away from Alibag. It is a favourite spot for advertising, TV serial and film shoots. This beach is well suited for the children and ladies as the sea is flat for a long distance. One can walk through to a considerable distance towards the sea.
Mandawa: It is situated about 20 km north of Alibaug and 8 Kms from Zirad. The catamaran/ferry services are available from Gateway of India, Mumbai to the Mandawa jetty. Many Bollywood celebrities own bungalows here.