Being a sea side resort, most of the people go to Rimini in order to spend some hours on the beaches.
In Rimini there is practically a long strip of beach. It is long 15 chilometers or maybe more. Many beaches are of private property, but there are free of charge ones. There are dogs friendly beaches as well.
Rimini has 15 km of beach along the strip and it's used well. In the summer months it's really crowded here, but when I arrived in the beginning of September it was less people, and more space.
The beach is divided in different spots, with a number. Most hotels have their own part of the beach, but there are also parts that are for everyone.
I didn't spend much time here, but it's possible to just about everything here. Either just lay down at the sun chair and relax and read a book, or play just about any beach game there is. Beach volleyball, boule, beach tennis, beach football and so on and on and on. Most parts of the beach also have a bar/restaurant, toilets and showers. Just bring your money, as neither sun chair or toilet visit is for free.
The water was warm and nice, despite being in september. And the waves weren't too high, so also kids could swim here. Although not too far out. Everything was clean and nice too, although not white sand beach like in South East Asia or the Caribbean.
On the Rimini beach you find a lot of fun amenities, like beachvolley, beachbasket, swimming pools, games for children. Near the seaside, you can rent surf jets, windsurfs and small boats. You can find amusements also in the town near Rimini, like Cattolica. Here the seaside is full of fun till midnight thanks to parties and disco, like Bikini Beach, directly on the beach...
Aah... soft, white sand, heat of the sun burning your skin, pure and not-so-salty ocean in front of you.. a perfect place to relax! Some parts of the beach belong to certain hotels but there are free ones also.
Just one warning: stay away from the beach at nighttime! And don't go swimming when it's dark and the beach is empty! There are pickpockets in the beach, and it goes without saying that swimming in a dark sea is dangerous. I learned this the hard way...
Weather good, the beach is the place to head for. Most hotels seem to have their own area for guests but plent of room available for non hotel guests.
Beach was crowded at the weekend but almost deserted on an equally warm Monday, still out of high season though. I'm told it gets to be crowded in season.
This is perhaps the most touristy place I have seen in my life. The long avenue is Rimini's artery of tourism (together with the Lungomare and the Viale Regina Elena) with hundreds of hotels, clubs, restaurants and shops. Here, you can buy the usual stuff like souvenirs and postcards, but also clothing, including all kind of real and replica soccer shirts. Although many places are closed in the off-season months, the street is alive at every time of the day and even some shops are open beyond 08:00 p.m. A place I would like to recommend is the a restaurant with the same name, Regina Margherita (see restaurant tips).
It seems to be impossible to find the right time for the beach. In summer, it becomes very crowded and off-season it is too cold.
I was there in early April, when it did not make sense to lay down and take a sunbath. At least, it was nice to walk along the beach and enjoy the sea. There weren't that many people there, so that you have enough space to enjoy the atmosphere. If you come to Rimini during summertime, over 200 establishments offer you all the facilities (like huts, chairs etc.) to spend a nice day. A lot of restaurants and shops are directly at the beach or in the nearby streets like Viale Regina Margherita, Viale Regina Elena and the Lungomare.
While the water sucks everywhere, the beach can be realllllly fun. I had a great time at Loretta 99. which is basically beach spot number 99. All the prices of the beaches are about the same, and so are the amenities, but this place was really close to the Sunflower Beach hostel where i stayed, and had wireless internet! WiFi! the only place in italy that has wireless isn't a cafe but a beach. I sat under the sun and checked my email... very cool.
Rimini has some 15km of beach making it the largest beach resort in Europe. When I was there in mid-May I nearly had it all to myself as the season hadn't kicked in then (there was quite a stiff breeze off the sea). Altogether there are 227 bathing establishments offering 40,000 sun umbrellas which are everywhere you look.
We were most fortunate during our visit to Rimini, that we missed a terrifying experience on the sun bleached beaches. Apparently, as this video capture from a TV clip shows, a huge Ghia monster whose length was three to four times the height of man, wandered across the main traffic circle in town, and devoured numerous sun bathers in its path. Fortunately, as each worshiper was well slathered in oily fluids, their release from this monster was rather rapid (and unexpected), causing only temporary tanning time loss.
In May the beach is great - not many people about, yet it is still warm and pleasant (at least by my UK standards!).
I was finding it difficult to find a good picture of the beach so I've included this one - I hope you like it!
It was a wet Sunday morning and afternoon when i visited Rimini - so was not that surprised that the beaches were empty. All that sand, and not a foot print to be seen.
i'm not shure if you really must see this, but it seems that there are millons of people which think that they must been there.
it has a parasol for everybody