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“Nice place to go with family or friends” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marina Beach

Marina Beach
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Evening at the Beach in Chennai: Marina Beach, Covelong Beach or Elliot Beach...
Ranked #15 of 349 things to do in Chennai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This expansive beach is Chennai's most famous tourist attraction, though the undercurrent is too strong for all but the strongest swimmers.
Chennai, India
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68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Nice place to go with family or friends”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Marina beach is a wonderful place to visit especially if you are with family or a lot of friends. The best time to visit the beach would be evening. The temperature is generally cold during the evenings. There are a lot of vendors selling sweet corn, bajjis, chinese food, ice creams, drinks and chaat items. There are also merry-go-rounds for kids, shooting the balloons et cetera for people of all ages. If you are a hygiene freak, this is not the best place to eat. If you like photography, the best timings to visit the beach are either during sun rise or after 430pm. It is ideal to shoot portraiture during that time. Marina beach can become extremely crowded during the weekends. And, the flip side is, it can be very dirty as you will find people throwing or having thrown rubbish everywhere. But, if you are in Chennai, you should definitely visit the Marina Beach.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice and Clean Beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Liked it....very clean when I was there :-) , so my reviews can be wrong for somebody else. But it lacked amenities like emergency services as I couldn't trace them.....

Visited July 2012
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Chennai, India
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A must NOT visit place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

If you are coming via any tour packages or you have taken any guide to do sight-seeing in chennai, then this is the beach that all of them will take you to(because it is in the way of all tourist destinations, while all other are off the way)
But you can count on several of my personal experiences over the last 2 years, this is one of the worst beaches in India. Before visiting it, I had also heard a lot of good about it but due to extensive commercialization, it has become very dirty and worthless.
Even the sand does not allows you to take a dive in ocean, so whats the point.

Visited June 2012
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Quezon City, Philippines
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Ive been in marina beach, i was excited to go there but when i was there i didnt feel i am in paradise, the beach is not maintain, garbage in the sands. i suggest to plant lots of coconut trees nearby and put some bench to chill and relax. im a filipina so my place is tropical country, thats why i am giving suggestion to make it good. Oooops before I forgot, I bought a juice near the beach, I thought it was a clean place because the ambience looks good but the staff refill my juice in a plstic cup while his hand is in the mouth of refilling juice.. disgusting.

Visited March 2012
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Ahmedabad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Longest beach i have seen”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Its by far the longest city beach i have visited and its quite clean... however u need to walk a lot to reach to the shore.. overall nice

Visited March 2012
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