Most tourists come to Pattaya to enjoy the beaches, not only for the swimming but also for the relaxed atmosphere and the calm and soothing sea breezes. Pattaya offers a wide choice of beaches, with a more than 15 kilometres of sandy coastline offering everything from private coves to long sweeping beaches and busy fun-filled waterfronts.
The most convenient and popular beach for tourists staying in Central or South Pattaya is Pattaya Beach itself. It is within walking distance of the majority of hotels in this area and is surrounded by Beach Road on the landward side. Pattaya Beach is parallel to city centre, and runs from Pattaya Nuea south to Walking Street. The beach is mostly covered by umbrellas with deck chairs and small tables underneath, for which you will be charged 20 baht each for as long as you’re there. These areas are open from around 7am to 6 pm. There are restaurants, shopping areas, and night attractions along the beach.
Jomtien lies in the southern part of the bay area, segregated from Pattaya beach by the promontory of Pratumnak Hill. This beach is cleaner than the Pattaya beach and the quality of water is also better than that in the Pattaya Bay. The tourists may take a taxi for 10 baht from the corner of South Pattaya Road to Jomtien. Here you will find roughly the same facilities as Pattaya Beach, but it is a bit more modern. The beach consists of high-rise condominiums, beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, shops, bars, and restaurants. Jomtien is also the best option for sailing, windsurfing and other water-sports.On weekends, it tends to become very crowded, with many Thai visitors coming from Bangkok
The offshore beaches are very quiet, calm and clean. These beaches are referred to as "Near Islands", "Far Islands" and "Coral Island”. But these names are used for tourist purposes only and do not correspond to any naming conventions of the island groups and are not shown on maritime charts published by the Hydrographic Service of the Royal Thai Navy. The "Near Islands" include Ko Larn (main island), Ko Sak and Ko Krok located 7 km from the western shores of Pattaya Ko Larn. The "Coral Island", consists of Mu Ko Phai. The "Far Islands" include Ko Phai (main island), Ko Man Wichai, Ko Hu Chang and Ko Klung Badan, located offshore further west of the "Near Islands", and Ko Rin, located offshore to the southwest, south of Mu Ko Phai. For enjoying a peaceful ambience by the sea, it is worth taking a ferry (20 baht) to Koh Larn which has a selection of white sandy beaches and very clear water for snorkelling enthusiasts. Some of the islands in the group are accessible by speedboat in less than 15 minutes and by ferry taking about 45 minutes.