I spent last July in Yalta. This was my first time on the Black Sea. The first day that we went to the beach (Massandra) we stayed in free area. There was no room to even lay down unless you arrived at the beach in the early hours of the morning. We did not know any better, but the next day we decided to walk farther east. We walked a little farther and there were small, raised piers with lounge chairs and a covered patio. We went to the young man and found out that the lounge chairs were for rent for 33 Hgrivnas (7.5 Hgrivnas=$1) for each chair per day. There were approximately 20 chairs. For under $5 a chair you could rent a nice lounge chair with shade. You also had a private stairway down to the beach.
Needless to say we rented the lounge chairs every day there. It was absolutely wonderful.More