Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pihlajasaari: the favorite beach island of Helsinkians

Summer 2014 is pretty amazing. Temperatures have not dropped under 20 degrees for over a month and it almost never rained. Perfect weather to go to a beach. Pihlajasaari islands (West and East islands connected by a bridge) are located just a few kliometers in the southern bay of Helsinki. The West island is a large area with long sandy beaches flanked with colorful wooden changing rooms. There is also a picturesque wooden restaurant and other protected wooden villas. The East island is dedicated to people willing to camp or to stay on the naturist beach. Locals love to jump in a water boat and spend some hours chilling on the sand, swimming, barbequing (3 fire places), having a sauna or camping. The boats are operating daily until August 31st from the pier behind the café Carusel in Kaivopuisto (Merisatama) and from Ruoholahti. The last chance to visit the island is during the weekend of September 6th and 7th. Please note that dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the boat. But if you are visiting the island with your own boat, dogs are allowed in specifically marked areas. It is a place that boat photographers like. The large ferries from Tallinn, Saint-Petersburg, the Caribbeans and Polynesia are passing close to the West coast.


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