Clifton Beach, Karachi

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Clifton Beach
Sea View
Seaview (Clifton Beach) Karachi.jpg
Clifton Beach, Karachi
LocationClifton
Karachi
Pakistan
Coordinates24°47′N 67°02′E / 24.78°N 67.04°E / 24.78; 67.04
Formed byNatural
GeologyBeach

Clifton Beach, also known as Sea View,[1] in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan is located on the Arabian Sea. It stretches from Karachi to Ormara (Balochistan).[1] The beach is very popular in Pakistan. It is open 24/7 for the general public.

Karachi is the most prominent coastal city of Pakistan and beach lovers here have many opportunities to visit different beaches bordering the Arabian Sea. Clifton Beach is purported to give the best value in leisure and recreational opportunities for fun seekers and beach lovers.

In recent times, the area surrounding the beach has seen massive commercial activity as it is located in one of the most sought after localities in Karachi.

A view of Clifton Beach, Karachi.

The beach is now home to multiple local leisure activities including camel rides, buggy rides, horse rides, plastic plane flying among others. The Seaview Apartments across from the beach is a gated residential area which is rated among the top properties in the city. Other apartments and villas which can be seen along the Clifton beach coasts are becoming popular as well.

Restaurants and entertainment[edit]

Previously, Clifton Beach had only had a few small shops known as "Corniche Points", where visitors could buy things like mineral water, samosas, chai and other foodstuffs.

Now, Clifton Beach offers a variety of restaurants, including a McDonald's, and is bustling with and a multitule of vendors that entertain visitors.[2][3]

Do Darya restaurant is located further away from the main beach area but is still one of the hottest dining spots in Karachi. Extensive further revitalization is being planned.[4]

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A view of Restaurants at Do Darya Karachi
Tandoori hut Restaurant

Events[edit]

Clifton Beach is one of Karachi's major tourist attractions so most notable celebrations are done here by the citizens. A major event of the year is the New Year's celebration on the eve of 31 December each year. Also, the Pakistan Air Force now holds regular shows on Clifton Beach on important national events. These air shows consist of planes from the PAF showing acrobatics and flypasts to the audiences. [5][6]

Attempts At Beautification & Uplift[edit]

In 2003 it was noted that historic sites were deteriorating because of government disinterest and lack of sanitation facilities for tourists. The monuments at risk included Lady Lloyd Pier, Jehangir Kothari Pavilion and his bungalow, Jehangir Kothari Parade, and Katrak bandstand.[7] In 2005 Clifton Beach Park was opened as part renovation of the historic Kothari Parade and Bagh Ibn-i-Qasim.[8] In recent times, the local government and civil society have tried to make the place beautiful and tourist friendly again. Attempts include the installation of themed dustbins in the shape of Giant Fish and cleanup campaigns by local civil society members. [9]

Background[edit]

Clifton beach is popular for its camel rides.

Clifton Beach is considered as the most popular beach in Karachi. It was affected by an oil spill in 2003. A wreckage and cargo of dhow caused the oil spill and polluted the beach; the crew members of the wrecked dhow were rescued by Maritime Security Agency. The beach was closed for three days for removal of hay bales and cargo wreckage in the water.[10] In 2005, the beach was revamped and upgraded.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hadi Bin Masood (9 October 2011). "Clifton Beach, Karachi". Dost Pakistan website. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ Faiza Ilyas (2 March 2018). "67th annual flower show opens". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  3. ^ Naseer Ahmad (5 September 2017). "Seaview beach — the most accessible picnic point in city". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. ^ Sumaira Jajja (24 April 2018). "Move to close down Karachi's Do Darya food street sparks unease". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  5. ^ Habib Khan Ghori and Shazia Hasan (1 January 2020). "Ringing in the New Year at Seaview". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  6. ^ Hasan, Shazia (28 February 2020). "PAF jets fly high over Seaview to mark Indian misadventure". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  7. ^ "KARACHI: Clifton monuments decaying fast". Dawn (newspaper). 5 December 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. ^ "KARACHI: Beach Park opening today". Dawn (newspaper). 12 December 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Wasim Akram celebrates Shaniera's successful campaign for a clean beach". Dawn (newspaper). 31 January 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ "KARACHI: Sea View beach reopened". Dawn (newspaper). DAWN. 26 June 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Karachi - The partitioning of Clifton Beach". Dawn (newspaper). 27 June 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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