When I go on holiday I always take my laptop. What kind of geek wouldn’t? Wireless internet access is widespread in airports around the world, and you can even get (patchy) wireless internet while you fly. Most hotel chains also offer either Ethernet or wireless internet in your hotel room, so when you arrive you can still get your fix of constant news and email.

The problem is most beaches don’t have any wireless internet access. Now why would this matter you may ask? Well, I spend a lot of my time indoors, which means that after several months of all-day work and long nights browsing and gaming I look like a ghost. Whether you like it or not, everyone requires some rays.

So, before you book your next trip, plan to travel to a beach where you can get online wirelessly.

Clearwater Beach, Florida1. Clearwater Beach, FL: This popular Floridian beach boasts great WiFi coverage from multiple suppliers. So between relaxing in the sun and swimming in the crystal clear Gulf waters you can browse the web, email friends or even do some work.

Brighton Beach2. Brighton Beach, UK: This lively seaside resort has been a firm favourite with dance music fans from all over the UK for many years. Brighton is famous for it’s crazy nightlife, which starts early and finishes late. Brighton also has a great selection of boutique shops and when the weather is nice, the beach is packed with sunworshippers. The beach is also blanketed with WiFi, allowing you to email photos from the night before. You should have no problem finding free wireless internet access once off the beach, there are lots of open hotspots throughout the resort.

Patong Beach, Thailand3. Patong Beach, Thailand: Patong is a beach in Phuket that is popular destination with the backpacking jet-set who travel to Thailand for the year round sun, vibrant culture and delectable food. Now you’ve got another reason to come here; the ability to relax on the beach while browsing your favourite websites.

Sunset Beach, California4. Sunset State Beach, CA: Looking for a bit more action instead of just baking in the sun? Then Sunset State Beach is for you. It has a huge range of activities available from fishing and horse riding to hiking and surfing. What’s more, you can get wireless internet access to keep in touch with your friends and family.

Hermosa Beach, California5. Hermosa Beach, CA: Hermosa is a happening beach with some classic Californian surfing mixed with a hip laid back atmosphere. The Hermosa area is packed full with restaurants, especially around the Pier Avenue area. On top of this there is plenty of accommodation at affordable prices. You can roam the streets and the beachfront connected wirelessly to the web via 802.11g, accessible through AT&T and iPass.

Cannes Beach6. Cannes, France: This upmarket destination on the southern French coast, famed for the annual film festival, has 3 beaches that offer wireless internet action as well as typical beach activities and services. Plage L’evasion, Plage L’ondine and Plage Royale are all covered by at least 1 wireless provider. If you are feeling lazy, you could theoretically order your mozzarella and vine tomato salad online and arrange delivery to your sun bed!

Bagno Elena Beach, Italy7. Naples, Italy: The Italian beach of Stabilimento Balneare Bagno Elena in Naples has a long a illustrious history. Its long golden sands have attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists over the years and now they have another reason to travel, local authorities have blanketed the beach in a wireless network. Now you can bask in the sun and soak up some microwaves.

Buenos Aires, Argentina8. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Famed for a cosmopolitan, fast-paced lifestyle, Buenos Aires known as the southern hemisphere’s Paris. If you are heading off to visit the Argentinian capital soon make sure to fit in some time on one of the many beaches lining the city shores, several of which have free and open WiFi internet access. That’s if you can bring yourself to lift a laptop after all the partying!

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii9. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: If you are planning a long haul trip, then Hawaii might should have crossed your mind. If the white sands, clear warm water, year round sunshine and all-pervading beach lifestyle doesn’t whet your appetite then WiFi access on Waikiki Beach should. I’m not sure if I could think of a better location to do a spot of emailing!

Lake Ontario, Canada10. Lake Ontario, Canada: It might not have the sizzling temperatures of other beaches on this list but it does have a wireless network dating back to 2003. It also has fantastic fishing, sailing, cycling, hiking and plenty more to keep you active when you get bored surfing the net. If you visit in the winter, browsing the internet and building up your bookmarks might be the only thing you can do!

45 Responses to “Top 10 beaches with WiFi internet access”

  1. chris on January 18, 2007 8:48 am

    Beach in Buenos Aires? The coast is hundreds of miles away. What are you talking about?

  2. Graeme on January 18, 2007 9:47 am

    Buenos Aires is not hundreds of miles from the coast at all! It is totally on the coast! I was there last year.

  3. Ken Hanscom on January 18, 2007 1:29 pm

    Very interesting post. What would be of additional interest is, which of these beaches have *free* wireless access. Or perhaps that’s the subject for another top 10.

    Some Life

  4. Andy on January 18, 2007 2:07 pm

    Waikiki Beach is pretty much the worst beach on Oahu. I would vote for Lani Kai (on the Windward side of Oahu as being the best!

  5. David on January 18, 2007 2:22 pm

    I love a sand filled laptop.

  6. Alex on January 18, 2007 2:34 pm

    There are indeed some beaches south of the city of Buenos Aires but they are pathetic.
    I wouldn’t even call them beaches. If you want real beaches in that part of the world, go to the South of Brazil or Uruguay. Now, those are real beautiful beaches.

  7. Dean on January 18, 2007 2:36 pm

    Again, which are free? Oakland airport is a pay as you go. I’m at a public library, which is free day and night-the only wifi in town!

  8. que pasta? on January 18, 2007 2:36 pm

    Lake Ontario is the size of a sea with thousands of little towns. Can you be more specific.

  9. Zigzo Links on January 18, 2007 2:46 pm

    Very cool post!! Never thought of something like this.

  10. Tristan on January 18, 2007 2:59 pm

    What kind of self respecting geek wants to have the office be able to reach them… My god man I get enough calls from idiots while Im at work. When I’m on vacation I dont want my phone to work.

  11. Nathan on January 18, 2007 3:04 pm

    Cheers to Alex. I just got back from my winter break in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Wonderful wonderful wonderful beaches. Uruguay is nearly all coast and beaches. Punta del Este is probably the only place with WiFi.

  12. Nanotim on January 18, 2007 4:07 pm

    Yeah. Hermosa Beach (where I live) isn’t really plotting correctly on the map. It’s actually pointing to like, well…Disneyland?

  13. Tom on January 18, 2007 4:30 pm

    The entire town of Grandhaven, MI has WiFi including the beach. A bit cold right now but nice in summer.

  14. alf on January 18, 2007 5:06 pm

    How about Bondi Beach in Sydney or Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast? How could you not list a single beach for the island continent?

  15. freaksauce on January 18, 2007 7:07 pm

    I agree with alf, not including a single Australian beach is insane. Whitehaven beach in Queensland is the most amazing beach I’ve ever seen, look it up on Flickr. Also Fraser Island which is the largest sand island in the world is incredible and then there are all the Sydney beaches!! I personally think the top 10 should include at least 3 Aus beaches, one from NSW one from QLD and one from WA (cable beach?)

  16. agloco on January 18, 2007 7:27 pm

    Boracay or Bora as the locals call in the Philippines has wifi and its a nice beach imho.. should be on the list…


  17. CYaBro on January 19, 2007 4:37 am

    You also forgot a beach from New Zealand!


  18. Marilyn on January 19, 2007 7:18 am

    How can you see the screen in the bright light?

  19. James on January 19, 2007 7:39 am

    Never knew that about Brighton, that is awesome. Can’t get sand in your laptop there either because its all big pebbles!

  20. Canadianbrian on January 19, 2007 8:08 am

    haha that cracks me up – I live in Brighton england and the idea of it standing next to these other places is laughable. The “resort” is a stretch of beach of this party tired town – Great place to live, excellent place to party… nice beach? Not compared to the others – If you live internationally and your thinking about visiting, unless your in your early twenties, go somewhere hot 😛

  21. Arturo on January 19, 2007 11:22 am

    There is also a great beach for Kite Surfing, Regatta and Windsurfing in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, named Kite Beach that has WiFi acces, right in the very sand.

  22. Chris on January 19, 2007 12:04 pm

    Just don’t try to swim in Lake Ontario… you’ll instantly mutate with all the crap in the water.

  23. Alex Van Reigh on January 19, 2007 1:05 pm

    I must say that I found the south of Portugal pretty impressive. Praia da Rocha was really really beautiful

  24. Dude on January 19, 2007 1:18 pm

    Dood u forgot Maldives!!!! ;p

  25. Mary on January 19, 2007 4:10 pm

    Buenos Aires City and the atlantic coast are in Buenos Aires (state), I was here last year and im lovin it

    Cannes is like a dream too. Sydney really impress me too.

    Nice post

  26. Ken Hanscom on January 20, 2007 9:51 am

    In light of this, post for beaches with free wifi access: http://www.somelifeblog.com/2007/01/top-california-beaches-with-free-wifi.html

  27. brandon on January 24, 2007 1:11 pm

    Um, have you ever tried USING a laptop on a beach? Or anywhere with a little sun?


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  29. Van Johnson on January 24, 2007 5:23 pm

    How pathetic are you people that you need to have internet access on a beach?

  30. Elvis on January 25, 2007 4:01 pm

    The entire island of Singapore now has free WiFi. When will the world wake up..?

  31. Diane Gomes on January 26, 2007 10:11 am

    No, No, No. No computers at the beach.

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    Hey, Canadianbrian. Brighton beach might not be your cup of tea (there’s a reason we have piers), but this is about WiFi enabled beaches. Betcha we’re the one of the top 10 best WiFi enabled beaches, if only because we are 100% free!

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    Another great resource for finding free WiFi enabled beaches is at http://www.openwifispots.com.

  38. Villa on May 16, 2007 2:25 pm

    A very creative and interesting post. Thanks for this. I’m wondering how did you get such a compilation, did you personally visit each of the beaches or did you read about them somewhere?

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    Nice resource. Hermosa Beach has half the city covered (the west/beach side) and the city council is arguing over whether to expand to the other half (the east side), basically if you have a clear view of the fire department logo design you should be able to receive a signal.

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