There’s been a lot of bad press about Lebanese beaches lately–well mainly one article that made some incredibly sweeping generalizations.

But while pollution is a serious problem in many places, we shouldn’t forget that we also have some great Mediterranean coastlines, such as this beach near Naqoura in south Lebanon.

It’s one of many clean beaches in the country, but unlike the popular resorts, there are no poolside bars blasting techno music and you can actually hear the waves crashing.

The beach is surrounded by a forest

Small plants near the shore reminded me of Nantucket:
I searched high and low for a piece of garbage:
But all I found was sea weed and shells:

And more sand than you can shake a stick at.

You have to cross an orchard to get there, run by the sweet folks at Orange House, who maintain this hidden gem, which also serves as a turtle reserve.
They also run a nice bed and breakfast on site.

There are more beautiful spots a little further south, not far from border with Israel.

But the people at Orange House warn that developers are interested in the area. So go support them!

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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.


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