Al Bustan Beach - Deserted bay beach in a fishing village
Al Bustan Beach is only a few kilometres east of the capital, Muscat, and is best reached by car. This little fishing village with its pebble and sandy beach is hidden in a bay, though not impossible to find, and is at some distance from the large city beaches. At about three kilometres long, the beach is delightfully suitable for escaping from the bustle of the capital city and recovering undisturbed: it has few visitors because most of it belongs to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This part is reserved exclusively for guests, as is made clear by the signs. A bit of interesting background information is that every year Sultan Qabus ibn Said books the top floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel for himself. So if you have a room at the Ritz, with a bit of luck you might see the Sultan in person.
The other section of the beach belongs to the village of Al Bustan, and is occupied by the locals with their families and their little fishing boats and fishing nets. Visitors find it interesting to watch them at their traditional work. As soon as the setting sun casts the first shadows onto the beach there are signs of activity on the kickabout area and the younger generation takes over part of it for its own use. As there is very little tourist activity on the section of the beach accessible to the public, you won't find any leisure or catering facilities. As a result the beach is more suitable for couples or singles who like to feel that they are surrounded by locals, and are hoping to relax and marvel at an impressive mountain panorama. Since there are no shopping facilities, it is essential that visitors to Al Bustan beach take enough drinking water with them.