Beach Bums

Two of us took advantage of a weekend break from Darija class to check out some nearby beaches. The Rabat beach has great views, and it’s apparently a good place to surf, but I don’t know how I feel about swimming there. It’s a bit dirty and crowded. Morocco is home to some gorgeous stretches of coastline, and it seems like the best beaches are a little ways outside the city. A half-hour drive south of Rabat, our host for the weekend showed us a beach that was calm, clean, and beautiful.

Rabat Beach
Rabat Beach
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Beach south of Rabat

I wasn’t sure how to dress for the beach as a woman in Morocco, so I wore layers: swimsuit under gym shorts and a tank top under a dress. I figured I’d see what other women were wearing and go from there. But I learned that it’s not that simple, and it was super interesting to see how much variation there is. Some women were swimming in long sleeves, long pants or skirts, and hijabs. Others wore shorts and a t-shirt, or shorts with a one-piece, and some wore bikinis.

Fisherman near Rabat Beach
Fisherman near Rabat Beach

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The Kasbah des Oudaias overlooks Rabat Beach.
The Kasbah des Oudaias overlooks the beach in Rabat.

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