Warning – this blog includes photos of people on the beach in their bathers.
Do not look if this offends you!
Sunset on the coast of Jūrmala, looking out into the Baltic Sea.
Location of Jūrmala within Latvia
Jūrmala (Latvian pronunciation: [juːrmala] ( ) “seaside”; German: Riga-Strand, Baltische Riviera) is a city in Latvia, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Riga. Jūrmala is a resort town stretching 32 km (20 miles) and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. It has a 33 km (21 miles) stretch of white-sand beach, and a population of 55,580, making it the fifth largest city in Latvia.
While Latvia was a part of the Soviet Union, Jūrmala was a favorite holiday-resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials, particularly Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. Although many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair. Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.
Imants Ziedonis, one of Latvia’s most important poets and folklorists of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, was born in the Jūrmala district.
Visitors can access Jūrmala from Riga by suburban rail (30 min) or along the highway by car (20 min). Since 2008 Jūrmala and Riga airport are connected with a bus service. Visitors with private vehicles must pay 2 euro for each day spent in Jūrmala.
In publications dating from the Soviet period, the city name was occasionally spelled in English as Yurmala, a back-transliteration from Russian.
From my Google Map
The Promenade, Houses and Hotels
The Beach Culture