The main tourist beach facing the centre of town with lighthouse at the end. Quiksilver surf school next to Cafe de Grand Plage where you can also rent boards. Beach gets busy in August.
Little sheltered cove just around the corner from the fishing port. No undercurrents so great to swim. Rocher de la Vierge stretches out on one side of cove. Swim out past the rocks and enjoy the view down to Spain / Pyrenees.
Cotes des Basques.
At high tide the sea comes up to the rocks and there is no beach. When the tide goes out however, the long sandy beach stretches southwards for miles. There are a few surf schools which hires boards. For beginners this beach is preferable to the grand plage as it is shallower and also much less crowded. Be wary of strong currents.
Milady / Ilbarritz
At the far end of Cotes des Basques lies Plage Milady and the Plage d'Ilbarritz at the far end of Milady.
Plage Milady is a good option in August as an alternative to the crowded Grand Plage. There is a beach cafe and restaurant.
Plage d'Ilbarritz has great options for lunch. Blue cargo (pictured), along with other beach bars / restaurants are nestled in the dunes. A great spot to spend the day.