You can check out all the best beaches in Romania in one day if you have a car and just rush from one to another. The amount of beaches that Romania offers is not that big, actually: only a relatively small strip of land (compared to the size of the country) actually meets the Black Sea – and a big chunk is the Danube’s Delta area which is indeed beautiful, but lacking in terms of sandy beaches.
Therefore, you don’t really have a ton of options when it comes to the sheer number of beaches in the country, but that shouldn’t matter much as they are generally wide and nice, with fine sand and beautiful, shallow water. There aren’t many wild beaches left in Romania, not many that haven’t been built on and around like crazy, but there are still options, for sure.
And in today’s article, we’re going to talk about them all as I will share the best beaches in Romania: I initially wanted to stick to the top 10 in my opinion, but the truth is that I had to share 11 with you, so that’s what I did.
Before checking out the actual list, it’s worth saying that one of the longest stretches of sand and beautiful places for you to soak in the sun and enjoy the Black sea actually begins to the South of Constanta in Olimp and stretches all the way down South to Saturn, with Neptun, Jupiter and Cap Aurora in between. This is a huge, uninterrupted beach shared by 5 resorts… so you if you want a ton of options, this is the area that you should choose.
It’s also a must say that the beaches in Romania are usually extremely crowded, despite their size and unfortunately very noisy. I prefer to hear the waves and relax, but in most of these places you’ll have music blasted through huge speakers, with terraces competing against each other in a battle of the decibels…
Add to that the fact that you have people roaming the beaches, yelling and screaming to advertise the products they sell – sometimes with huge poems that are supposed to be funny and which many people appreciate.
This is definitely something you grow used to – you don’t have another choice, actually, and it’s not really that bad: there are still areas on these popular beaches where you won’t hear the music (as much) so you have some options… but be prepared for a lot of noise and huge crowds of people.
These are perfect for having fun and making friends and not that good for those who want to go to the seaside and relax and spend some time in silence. But fortunately I have some options that will allow you that – even though not ideal. You’ll see why.
So let’s not delay this any longer and instead let’s check out below the top beaches you must visit in Romania!
11. Corbu Beach
Until recently, this was a wild beach, but new constructions – restaurants and taverns mostly have changed this a bit. Still, the Corbu beach (located near the village with the same name) is still generally off the beaten path, offering privacy and, surprisingly, silence.
The sand is nice and fine, just like anywhere on the Romanian seaside, but the water gets deep fast and is not very spectacular. But do take advantage of it while it lasts – if you are looking for more secluded, less touristy places, that is – as most likely in the next several years things will change a lot here, turning this beach into yet another tourist place.
10. Modern Beach
One of the two beaches that are actually in Constanta, the Modern beach was generally considered dirty and crowded, but the truth is that in recent years things have changed a lot and this beach is now clean(er) and very beautiful.
It does get extremely crowded, as the people living in Constanta choose it – but it can also be surprisingly empty every now and then since most people living here prefer the nearby, larger beaches.
But if you are in Constanta and especially without a car, the Modern Beach is a nice choice for you with its nice sand and proximity to restaurants, shops and maybe even your apartment!
9. Vadu Beach
One of the few wild(er) beaches left in Romania, and also one of the last that hasn’t seen massive construction projects yet. As a result, it’s silent and off the beaten path – something you rarely can find in the country.
A bit secluded – only accessible via a dirt road, 9km away from the Corbu village, the beach still offers some fine, nice sand and shallow waters.
This is the place that you must visit if you want silence, total relaxation and a deeper connection with nature. But don’t expect any amenities nearby (no shops, no restaurants).
This beach is close to my first recommendation, but you’ll probably enjoy it better since it has finer sand, it’s larger and the water is nicer.
8. Neptun Beach
Offering the largest stretch of sandy beaches from the Olimp to Saturn resorts, the “Neptun Beach” is basically a list of various private beaches, one better than the other.
I actually prefer the Northern part, near the aptly named Neptun Lake 3, a beach that is a bit less crowded and especially a bit more silent than the others. You have the lake to one side, the sea to the other… it’s really beautiful!
If you enjoy the crowds and the party vibe, go down South to the Space Beach area, where you will have more people, more amenities and a lot of music. In all cases, the sand is fine and the beach itself very wide, with nice, shallow water, as well as long piers to walk on if you need to do some extra exercise.
7. Eforie Nord
This resort is considered to be most suitable for families, so expect to see here fewer younger people and more families with kids. Older people choose it as well for the nearby treatment facilities – seeing them covered in mud and baking under the sun is not an uncommon sight here.
This is actually the place where we went the most since our son was born and we all had great fun in Eforie Nord. Yes, the beaches are crowded (as it’s always the case) and noisy, but extremely cheap if you compare them with my highest ranked beaches.
And if you get tired of the sand or the water, there’s a large water park (also on the beach) where you can spend a nice day or just a few hours.
6. Vama Veche Beach
This is one of those places where legends were written. Located close to the border with Bulgaria, the Vama Veche beach was initially the place for nature lovers and rockers to meet and enjoy the sea.
That’s where you could see nudists mixed together with people wearing leather jackets and boots, people sleeping in tents nearby and passing on drinks and other substances that are definitely not legal.
Vama Veche was actually different and special… but like most things today, it became more and more popular over the years mostly because of the stories you heard about things happening there, so now many of the original Vamaiots (this is how the people going there were called) are complaining that things have changed.
And while Vama Veche has indeed changed, it still is a place where open minded folks gather, sing songs together, mingle and enjoy life. The beach and the sea themselves are not as important when you visit Vama Veche, replaced by the overall experience instead.
Obviously, the place is not very suited for kids, although you will see enough children there as well.
5. Olimp Beach
Olimp was – together with Neptun recommended above and Venus below – one of the main Black Sea resorts during the communist regime, but all the resorts in the area went through some tough times afterwards. They started to recover a bit lately, but they’re still a bit behind.
Still, Olimp offers a really nice beach – a truly unique one as well, thanks to its wall of tetrapods that are placed like a wall in front of the sea itself. They do ruin the view, but replace it with an interesting experience for sure.
The beach itself is sandy and the water very shallow because of the unique build of the beach. It’s also not as popular and pretty silent, so you won’t get the crowds and noise you can expect mostly everywhere else. A nice place to be, for sure.
4. Costinesti Beach
The Costinesti resort is considered the place where students go, so it’s the perfect place for the younger audiences. You have parties running non stop, you have some of the largest and better known pubs and party venues on the Romanian seaside and you have a lot of (usually cheap) alcohol everywhere.
I have to admit that I haven’t been to Costinesti since I was a student (that’s more than 10 years ago!) and the time spent there is mostly a blur, but I do remember enjoying my time, as well as the beach – but mostly the parties. And having in mind that Costinesti remains one of the most popular destinations, especially for the younger folks, I’m sure things haven’t changed much!
It’s also the place where you have the famous shipwreck (pictured above) – a place where the bravest swim to, climb up on and jump from to prove their bravery.
3. Venus Beach
Part of the set of resorts with their names coming from the Greek gods, Venus is the place that grew the most (out of the bunch, at least) in recent years. It’s still not as popular as others and not as party-oriented, so better for relaxing.
The place itself is not very big – on the contrary, but it has its charm and the water is really, really nice, just as the sand. You can basically walk on the beach to nearby Saturn to the South or Cap Aurora to the North and not really know that you’re not in Venus anymore… but that’s exactly part of the charm.
Like in most cases with resort beaches in Romania, expect to see it filled with loungers and offering few options for just placing your towel on the sand and enjoy the beach (for free). When in Venus, we stayed at Hotel Dana – which we highly recommend, even though it’s not very close to the beach itself.
2. Gura Portitei Beach
My only recommendation that’s actually in the Danube Delta and not a traditional summer resort. Gura Portitei is getting more and more popular each year, but it’s still widely unknown and pretty secluded, so if you’re looking for a really special experience, this is where you’ll find it.
It is a place that you can only reach by boat (probably the main reason why it’s not more popular) but it is totally worth the “trouble” of getting there. The beach itself is extremely beautiful, you have the delta behind you, a lot of wild life (especially birds) nearby, but also golden sands and a perfect sea.
Gura Portitei is becoming more and more touristy each year, with lots of constructions popping up each year, but until now it hasn’t lost its charm and it’s definitely one of the most unique places you can visit by the Black Sea in Romania.
1. Mamaia Beach
It’s almost cliche to rank Mamaia first in any kind of top list related to the Romanian beaches, but the truth is that it is considered the best place for all the right reasons: it’s the place where the biggest amount of money was poured in and you can see that.
Mamaia beach is also the most expensive resort in Romania (but prices are still affordable by Western standards), with a nice, long beach and many hotels offering breathtaking views of the sea. I’ve recommended the best hotels in Mamaia in a previous article – make sure to check them out as well.
The good thing is that you can skip the higher prices and the luxury amenities on the beach by going a bit up North to Mamaia Sat. The beach is equally spectacular, but everything else is a bit more relaxed, including the prices. Good to know!
And these would be my recommended beaches in Romania, ranked from 11 to 1. As I said, you can basically visit them all in one day if you have a car and see which one fits your needs best, but I really believe that even if you end up with a coins toss, choosing any of the beaches recommended above will result in a perfect experience.