Tyre Coast Nature Reserve
This nature reserve in South Lebanon covers the finest sandy beaches in the country. It was declared a wetland according to the Ramsar Agreement as it is an important resting ground for migratory birds, some of which belong to endangered species lists. Its artesian wells are a significant source of potable water. The reserve is home to many species of plants and swamp birds, which thrive in such environments, and it is also one of the few remaining nesting sites for endangered green and loggerhead turtles.
From Beirut, head south along the highway to the city of Sidon (Saida) around 41 kilometers (25.5 miles) of the capital. After reaching Sidon in about 35 minutes, keep driving for nearly 30 minutes until you reach the city of Tyre where you will come across the archeological site of al-Bass. Visitors can park their cars near the sandy beach. The drive from Beirut to Tyre normally takes less than one hour.