White House Hotel

AZ street, Autostrade Jal-el-Dib, Jal-el Dib, P.O. Box 113-6958, Beirut, Lebanon
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Visiting Beirut with a two year old.

by NordicInLondon

Hi, this is my first post here :-)

I will have an opportunity to travel to Beirut in March but I would need to bring my two year old son with me. The trip is only for three nights but I'd love to visit the place and experience the famous Lebanese hospitality.

The question is, is it safe to travel there with a toddler? UK home office strongly advices against it but some other forums say it's fine which is very confusing. Naturally I'd avoid the dodgy areas, I just want to know how normal life is in the safe parts of the city? And how bad is the traffic?? Bit nervous hiring a cab without any children's safety seats.

Many thanks.

Re: Visiting Beirut with a two year old.

by travelinxs

Would hate to give ill advice when a kiddie is involved. but visiting Beirut last year I did not feel any bad vibes there. I was only there a couple of days, true. Actually, because I was on a budget and couldnt afford to go out to restaurants or clubs I found the place boring.

Perhaps look up VT members who live in Beirut and have been on VT recently (ie not left) and ask direct. They might miss your posting.
Cheers
Chris

Re: Visiting Beirut with a two year old.

by speakyourmind

Hi,

It's perfectly safe all over the country and it's been like this for over 8 month now.

A new Government was elected and rival parties have established a coalition government so things are pretty mellow and safe these days.

Traveling with a toddler brings its own problems where ever you might be heading and it's true you won't find cabs with safety seats here.

Other than that you'll find the country full of life and very vibrant especially in March with the arrival of Spring.

Tourists are all over the place and everything has been safe and fine.

Having your Son with you should be fine, you'll be surprised to how similar to the West Lebanon is.

I hope this Helps.

Happy Traveling ...

Re: Visiting Beirut with a two year old.

by NordicInLondon

Thank you ever so much for replying! Very helpful.

I've since found out that we'd be staying in Jounieh and as far as I can tell, it'll be fine in there. When googling Jounieh, a word Kaslik pops up - excuse my ignorance but what is Kaslik? A place, sight or what?

Re: Visiting Beirut with a two year old.

by speakyourmind

Hi Again,

Jounieh is a Bay and Kaslik is a very famous area in Jounieh Bay, got lots of shopping and resturants there.

If you are staying in Jounieh then Byblos is a place you must see, it's 30 minutes away and full of great historical sites and there's a famous wax museum there as well and it's a very safe place too.

Hope this Helps.

Happy Traveling ...

Travel Tips for Beirut

Be informed! Local media

by Delia_Madalina

Time Out Beirut

After the July war, tourists avoided Lebanon because of the unstable political and social situation. Though sometimes accurate (just sometimes) in their reports, Western media don't always do justice to this country. This is why I warmly advise you to stay updated by reading local publications such as Naharnet or DailyStar, to name just a few.

On The Bus...

by coceng

When I took this photo, I felt like going down the bus because I love KFC !
I like chicken meat !
Somehow it reminds me of KL, maybe Lebanese KFC was better ?
Huh ! That guy SMS-sing infront of KFC...Just like everybody here as well !
Me, I don't even have a mobile !

BEIRUT BEFORE AND AFTER

by sarrahh

IN THE COMMING PAGES I WIL SHOW YOU BEIRUT BEFORE AND AFTER WAR
IT IS RECONSTRUCTED AND SOME OF THE BLDGS. WHERE REBUILT AGAIN
COME AND SEE LEBANON AFTER THE WAR FINISHED IT IS NICER THAN B4THIS PIC IS IN BEIRUT DOWN TOWN AND U CAN C AN OLD CHURCH ON THE LEFT AND ON THE RIGHT IT IS HOW IT LOOKS NOWADAYS

Beachs

by Moustafa_LB

Long beach club - Members only

Riviera Beach Club - free for the hotel guests, otherwise membership needed.

St Gearge Yacht club - has a marina , nice swimmingpool, jet skis, restaurants and grass on witch to strech out.

Take a walk south from Raouche...

by maykal

Take a walk south from Raouche along the beach. This will bring you to some of the poorer suburbs, near to the infamous Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps. A walk in this part of the city isn't really recommended by embassies, but I think it is an essential part of a trip to Beirut. You can easily spend your whole time in Beirut enjoying a Western lifestyle, sticking to the Corniche and Hamra, but just south of there is almost another world.

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