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not fantastic

I went here for a swim because it's the first public beach I came across but it's small dirty and... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2016
Alan B
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Dog-friendly beaches

Visited the Bau Bau Beach, too. It is East facing and just outside S.Margherita on the road to... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2011
Peter K
Baden, Switzerland
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May 13, 2018
“Only place for our Lab to swim”
Sep 20, 2016
“not fantastic”
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Dogs are common in Italy and treated well, but real dogs need to run, play and swim. That is not easy in this part of Liguria. BauBau is the only "legal" swimming hole and is worth the hike from S.M. for a little swimming.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2016

I went here for a swim because it's the first public beach I came across but it's small dirty and rocky. I much preferred the public beach a few more hundred meters away from SML at the side of a beach bar with sunbeds. Mind...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Alan B
Reviewed June 10, 2016

Possibly the worst beach I've been to. It stank, was littered with garbage and human detritus. The rocks were covered with rude graffiti. Do not go here !!!

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank 22Bob22
Reviewed October 20, 2015

This beach, on the road from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino, is rocky and not especially conducive to sand and surf lovers (it's rocky, and there's no surf whatsoever). But it does welcome dogs and it's one of the better places along the coast for...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank jg3arrow
Reviewed July 19, 2012

too many people at the beach during the visit so not much to say. Good Kusher pizza

Date of experience: September 2011
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Visited the Bau Bau Beach, too. It is East facing and just outside S.Margherita on the road to Portofino, so very accessible and great for the morning sun. Basically a rough sand and shingle beach with smooth stone bolders, both on the beach and at...More

Date of experience: September 2011
2  Thank Peter K
Reviewed August 24, 2011

We discovered this dog beach on our many walks to and from Santa Margherita and Portofino. It is about a 15 minute walk along the main road along the beach leaving from SML towards Portofino. The entrance is closed in with a gate and leads...More

Date of experience: June 2011
2  Thank fricfrac
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