Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
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This historic beach was the primary point of landing on June 6, 1944, for the entry of American forces into World War II and saw some of the most intense fighting in the entire war.
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  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,672 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place but eerie
    Really Eerie place. When you arrive and park your car in the free car park, you can see the beach in front of you. You can imagine what was facing them as they came ashore with Germans dug into the cliffs behind. There was a a coach there when I arrived and there is a memorial on the beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Amy A
    Gainesville, Georgia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the Best Guide! - World War II Veterans’ Memories, Jenny Post
    This was such a moving experience. We were fortunate to have a knowledgeable and passionate about D-Day and WWII history. She brought it to life with personal stories. We found out later that Jenny previously worked at the D-Day museum in Virginia. She was able to explain and show us things we would have missed on our own. Book a tour with WW II Veterans’ Memories. Never forget those brave people who gave their lives to liberate France (and the world) from the Nazi regime.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 18, 2024
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must be Five Stars
    This is one of those historic places that every American - for that matter, every European - should visit. We walked here from the American Cemetery, just a short drive and moderately steep hike down to the wide beach. Can’t imagine the horrors occurring on this stretch of sand 75 years ago. The lack of cover, the bravery, the death. Spend some time walking this beautiful stretch of sand and count your blessings. You are the lucky ones. Must visit for sure.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2024
  • Sarah C
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful, but rent a car/book a tour!
    A must when you visit anywhere near Normandy. The cemetery is breathtaking and the beaches are sobering. The only issue is that this area is not walking-friendly. If you’re planning to visit, book a tour or rent a car. You’ll need either one unless you expect to have a 15,000+ step day!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2024
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Leslie S
Council Bluffs, IA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
11 friends from the US traveled via train from Pairs to Bayeux on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, where we met out guide, Mike van den Dobbelsteen of Allied Victory Tours. After several email exchanges Mike planned the perfect Normandy trip. The transportation he arranged was quite comfortable. Mike was an extraordinary guide in the Normandy area. We visited Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Pointe du Hoc. His wealth of knowledge of WWII history, and in particular the Normandy area, is outstanding. We thought we knew quite a bit about this history, however Mike enhanced our understanding of such a monumental place in history. If you are looking for an educational, emotional, moving visit to the Normandy
area, please contact Mike to be your guide. He is the best.
Written October 27, 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
So many sad thoughts go through one’s head while standing on the sands of Omaha Beach. So much tragedy, so many fallen, but ultimately, thankfully, one final victory. Peace. Very emotional visit, could not stay long due to heavy rain, which was maybe appropriate.
Please write reviews of the American cemetery under Cimetière américain de Colleville-sur-Mer
Written October 11, 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Many many young men died here in 1944. It's a serene scene now with a few eateries, walking areas, and monuments. The worst of the D-Day carnage took place here. Take your time to park, walk, explore, and reflect. Highly recommend reading ahead about the D-Day landings, especially Omaha Beach. Although it was the bloodiest landing beach, the brave souls who made their way up and over the surrounding hills were also the fastest to push their way inland and liberate their French
Written March 16, 2022
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Amy A
Gainesville, GA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was such a moving experience. We were fortunate to have a knowledgeable and passionate about D-Day and WWII history. She brought it to life with personal stories. We found out later that Jenny previously worked at the D-Day museum in Virginia. She was able to explain and show us things we would have missed on our own. Book a tour with WW II Veterans’ Memories. Never forget those brave people who gave their lives to liberate France (and the world) from the Nazi regime.
Written April 18, 2024
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Wanderlust3483
607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Everything about this beach is stunning- from the beach itself to the memorials and watching how people experience the beach today (playing in the water, walking their dogs, overall just enjoying their day). A very moving reminder of the sacrifices that were made. Give yourself enough time to spend at these memorials and the museum- you need at least a full day to day and a half.
Written April 13, 2020
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Omaha Beach was not what we expected. After parking up the road a ways and walking down to the small town near the shore, I knew that we weren't going to find gun emplacements, barbed wire, and other direct evidence of the horrors encountered on this stretch of beach 75 years prior. But we didn't expect a gorgeous, tranquil expanse of golden sand stretching as far as the eye could see, with a beach road lined with quaint houses.

But that is exactly what we found, and the images of families at play and children laughing was a reminder that time heals--not all wounds, but certainly many of the physical ones that war inflicts upon the landscape.
Written July 5, 2020
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This isn't super easy to find but the best place to visit the beach is to the east of American cemetery. There are a few monuments on the walk down to the beach as well as some old german bunkers. Feel free to walk all the way down to the beach. It's not that far. Most folks don't go down this far. However, you will be able to go right down to the water where there's another small monument. It is a pretty impressive view.

You can also drive a bit to the west where the bloodiest fighting was. There is a large monument there. However, there's a sea wall there and a small town. If it's high tide you will only be able to stand on the sea wall. It's not quite as impressive as further to the east.
Written March 29, 2020
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dvorac4
USA690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Beach is a wide, sandy, flat beach that does stretch for a long distance. A road runs along the beach, with some beach cafes and homes, behind which are slight hills on which you can still spot the cement German bunkers from which the Nazis shot at the American infantry landing on the beach. I had not anticipated the extent to which it is a beach for people to enjoy, like any other beach, vs. being hallowed, protected ground. Since it was, appropriately, a cool overcast windy day, there weren’t any people on the beach so that made it more meaningful. It was very somber to walk along this beach and to think about what happened here; we continued to envision the landing from “Saving Private Ryan” movie. The dichotomy between the quiet empty gray beach of this day and the chaotic, noisy, tragic battle landing of 1944 was very sobering. I felt very honored to be there.
Written March 28, 2022
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BenVerona
Verona, NJ373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is one of those historical places that you must see because of what happened here in 1944, but unless you had a good tour guide (which we definitely did) it would be difficult to visualize on your own what occurred here. Plus, it's surrounded by a touristy town (unlike Utah Beach), which made it harder to imagine "being there" during the invasion. If you go, go with a good guide.
Written May 25, 2023
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Really Eerie place. When you arrive and park your car in the free car park, you can see the beach in front of you. You can imagine what was facing them as they came ashore with Germans dug into the cliffs behind. There was a a coach there when I arrived and there is a memorial on the beach.
Written October 8, 2023
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