Iran’s Caspian Coast: Unwinding in the Serenity of the North

Get to know about southern part of Caspian Sea

Iran’s Caspian coast with its golden sandy beaches, emerald forests, and historic seaside towns, is a tranquil retreat into nature and culture. Let the sound of waves relax your mind as you explore this scenic region.

The World’s Biggest Inland Body of Water

The Capsian Sea, the largest enclosed body of water in the world, is located between five countries: Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. Its lush green coastline stretches across several Iranian provinces, including Mazandaran, Gilan, Golestan, East Azerbaijan, and Ardabil.

Caspian Coast
Caspian Sea Location

No matter where you visit along the Caspian shore, you can enjoy swimming, boating, or just viewing the magnificent sea. It’s the perfect place to unwind near this inland ocean.

Iran’s Caspian Coast: Best Destinations

When you’re ready to spread out your towel and feel the sand between your toes, these are some of the most highly renowned beaches the Caspian has to offer:

Chamkhaleh Beach, Gilan

When you arrive at Chamkhaleh Beach, the shining blue water and bright sun will amaze you. The sunlight sparkling on the waves, and the relaxing sound of the small waves wash away stress. Walking on the beach’s white seashells is an unforgettable experience. The beach is also fun for children to play in the sand and swim safely. 


Chamkhaleh Beach has many valuable amenities like restrooms, drinking fountains, and shaded areas to escape the heat. It is one of the best-equipped beaches in Iran.

Motelghoo Beach, Mazandaran

At sunrise, the light shines on the shiny, blue-green water as small waves move onto the golden sand. Seabirds fly and call out over the beach, covered with seashells and smooth stones like treasures from the sea. 

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Book Hotel North of Iran

Motelghoo Beach nourishes the soul and helps you briefly forget worries. Visitors can shop at many stores for colorful souvenirs. You can ride ATVs on the beach for excitement. The beach also has sports like boating, water skiing, beach volleyball, and more for adventurous travelers.

Noor Beach, Mazandaran

Noor Beach is a beautiful and calming spot along the Mazandaran coast. It has peaceful waters, brown sand, and many plants. It attracts visitors from near and far. Noor Beach is ideal for sunny days, evening walks, or quiet meditation. It has incredible sunsets with red, orange, and pink colors across the sky as small waves come onto shore. 

Noor City, Caspian Sea
Noor Beach

Bandar-e Kiashahr, Gilan

Bandar-e Kiashahr Beach is one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches in Gilan. You cannot miss the magnificent sunsets here. It has a long wooden bridge connects the coastal road over the lagoons and reeds to the sea. Walking on this wooden bridge is a fantastic experience.

Astara Shell Beach, Gilan

Astara Shell Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the north. It has many small and large shells that create beautiful scenery. Walking at night and hearing shells crack under your feet gives a peaceful feeling you can only fully experience at Astara Beach.

Astara, Caspian Sea
Astara, Iran

Sisangan Beach, Mazandaran

Sisangan Beach in Nowshahr is one of Mazandaran’s best beaches at the end of Sisangan Forest Park. Its proximity between the forest and the Caspian Sea makes it highly popular with travelers.

In addition to the famous forest park, activities like boating, horseback riding, and jet skiing add to its tourist appeal.

Chapakroud Beach, Mazandaran

Chapakroud Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Mazandaran province due to its natural scenery. It has facilities for swimming in the sea and short-term stays.

To get there, take the dirt road 3 km west from Kohi Khail village in the Larim region of Jooybar before reaching Bahman Mir.

Namak Abrud Beach, Mazandaran

Namak Abrud Beach in Chalus offers the perfect blend of enjoying the forest, sea, and sky in one place. This recreational complex allows hiking in the forest and enjoying the beach simultaneously. You can take a cable car ride that will transport you to the top of the forest and the mountain, allowing you to savor breathtaking moments amid the serene nature.

Namak Abrud, Caspian Sea
Namak Abrud, Caspian Sea

For those seeking thrilling and slightly scary experiences, there’s a zip line that offers an adrenaline rush. You can also walk on a suspended bridge over Namak Abrud to experience walking in the sky. The paragliding adventures here provide the ultimate thrill of soaring through the skies.

Additionally, you can test your skills in car racing, improve your shooting abilities, and even embark on a flight above this beautiful natural setting.

Mahmoodabad Beach, Mazandaran

Mahmoodabad is one of the scenic cities of Mazandaran province with the best northern beach. Mahmoodabad beach is essential for tourism development and has many recreational and tourism facilities. Interestingly, the sea beach reaches its narrowest width in Mahmoodabad.

Bandar Torkaman Beach, Golestan

Bandar Torkaman Beach is one of the safe, calm, and beautiful beaches along the coast of Golestan Province, spanning about 40 kilometers.

Bandar Torkaman, Caspian Sea
Bandar Torkaman, Golestan

At Bandar Torkaman, you can enjoy motorboats and paddle boating, take in the sights of the pier and beach bazaar, and experience the beauty of Ashuradeh Island (the only island in the Caspian Sea).

Gomishan Beach, Golestan

Gomishan Beach is the third point of access to the Caspian Sea coast in Golestan Province, located about 60 kilometers from Gorgan city.

Situated at the mouth of the Gorgan River and adjacent to an internationally recognized natural wetland that was once a bird habitat, Gomishan Beach is made more attractive by its fish market, motorboats, and paddle boats.

The presence of various birds such as flamingos, ducks, and geese, various wildlife like Caspian seals, wild boar, and Torkaman foxes, as well as sturgeon, and other fish like bream, kutum, carp, and others showcase the diverse attractions near Gomishan’s shores.

Best Time to Visit

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are ideal seasons, with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are cold, with heavy snowfall in the mountains.

Aim for March-April to witness the spectacular wildflower blooms. June-August is peak beach season with more crowds. Late September-October promises golden autumn hues and pleasant weather. By November, snow transforms the mountains into scenic winter wonderlands.

Travel Tips

  • A reliable local guide helps overcome language barriers and navigate less touristy areas.
  • Dress modestly when visiting small villages and religious sites. Women should bring scarves.
  • Get appropriate hiking, skiing, or climbing equipment for mountain adventures. The varying terrain calls for proper footwear.
  • Bring swimwear and sun protection for beach days. The seaside sun can get very strong.
  • Travel with some essential medications, including motion sickness tablets for boat rides.

Final Words

With its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and charming towns, Iran’s Caspian coastline offers the perfect spot to unwind surrounded by nature and culture. As you let your stresses float away, dip in the magnificent Caspian Sea, the world’s largest inland body of water.

Caspian Sea, Ramsar
Caspian Sea, Ramsar

Explore top beach destinations like Chamkhaleh, Motelghoo, Noor, and Sisangan. Each has its own unique landscapes, activities, and peaceful coastal vibes. Watch the sunset over the sea, take leisurely strolls along the shore, or try thrilling watersports.

The options for recreation are endless – go hiking and swimming, shop for local souvenirs, ride horses, or zip line over forests. Historic seaside towns provide glimpses into traditional life—sample delicious regional cuisine from the land and sea.

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