People swim at Sidon's public beach. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Throughout the summer, free public beaches dotted along Lebanon's southern coastline offer an alternative to the prohibitively high entry fees of many private beaches.Each summer, public beaches from Sidon and Tyre to Naqoura, whose pristine beach is unpolluted, along with other beaches located along the southern coast are open to visitors.Across from the beach lies Sidon's historic Al-Zira Island that has become a destination for many of Sidon's visitors, after undergoing several improvements.For Sayyad, the river is a perfect place because people can bring their own food and cook it in a clean way, something that is also a draw for Tyre's public beach.Qeblawi said that she isn't willing to sacrifice such a sum just to enter private beaches when she can enjoy free beaches that are clean.
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