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Praia da Ursa is still a hidden gem and not overrun. The beach is not easily accessible, and the trail is not well marked. If you come here bring a picnic and enjoy this secluded beach. Praia da Ursa is not far from Cabo da Roca roughly 45 minutes to one hour hike. You can visit Ursa throughout the year though summer can be pretty hot. During winter after rain, the trail is more slippery. Continue reading to get a detailed trail description.

Ursa Beach without any crowds
We shared Ursa Beach with just two other hikers

Most pleasant seasons for this hike are spring and autumn. During spring flower carpets are along the path. During summer it's often boiling hot winter can be rainy but beautiful as well. We'd been here at each season, and except summer we always love to come back to this exceptional piece of nature.

Weather Ursa Beach and Cabo da Roca

Lisbon and the surroundings are a great travel destination throughout the year.

Spring

Fog at Praia da Ursa in Spring

Day temps in spring are pleasant almost 20°C. Nights are a bit chilly 10°-15°C. We love this season; not hot but warm and almost always sunny. Showers can occur occasionally. 

Summer

Ursa during summer boiling hot

Summer temps are around 25°C – 30°C but consider the powerful sun. July and August are the busiest months with tourists and Portuguese spending their vacation in their home country. These are the driest months of the year.

Autumn 

Autumn at Ursa; September still warm for a bath

September is a great month for Ursa; still warm but not any longer too hot, nights are cool on average 16°C. October day temps are still above 20°C and November around 18°C. Rain increases in October, however, the maximum is 80 mm in November. That’s not much. 

Winter 

Ursa Beach in winter, little cold

In winter the day temps are on average around 15°C, one-digit temps during the night. Precipitation occurs more often, but it’s rare to experience rain the entire day. We’d been here several times in December and January. Usually, you can even walk barefoot at the beach.

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Glimmering Rocks

Go in the morning to experience the orange glimmering rocks in the best lights. Avoid high tide: You will see the rocks in their full shape at low tide only. Check for low tide

Weather

The best weather is usually from December to March. You could also go in September/October or April. Avoid May to August, as these months are the coldest and wettest.

Crowds

It’s usually not heavily crowded. However, on weekends, bank holiday and December/January (school holiday) it might get a lot busier.

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Sweet spot months without the heavy crowds and a high chance of good weather during the wet season are May and October. Both months usually bring warm and sunny conditions with brief rain showers only; often in the afternoon or late evening. There is less humidity in October than during the previous months. However, keep in mind that it's already/still rainy season and the weather can become unpredictable.

December - April (Dry Season)

If you want almost perfect weather visit between January and March: calm seas, clear blue sky, moderate temperatures Anyhow, rain shower can occur. However, it's high season and very busy (read below: Tourist Crowds)

Ao Phra Nang Beach and Princess Cave next to Railay Beach
Ao Phra Nang Beach and Princess Cave next to Railay Beach

May - November (Rainy Season)

Wet season with high humidity. The highest rainfall occurs in September. During the rainy season, everything can happen: Typical are days with 1-2 brief showers. You might even get two weeks of almost perfect dry weather or sometimes almost a week of straight rain. If you don't like crowds at all and can deal with unpredictable weather and rain, this is your season. Preferably not September, which is the wettest month. In the rainy season, no tourist crowds spoil the experience. It’s also the green season when beautiful fauna comes to life. Helpful weather overview: Krabi Monthly Weather
 

Tourist Crowds

High season is from November/December until April. Expect massive crowds here and almost every else in Krabi. Accommodation rates start climbing in November. The only chance to avoid the crowds is either come early morning or even better spend two nights here. 

Where to Stay at Railay

There are a number of accommodations around Railay. It's more convenient if you stay at Railay West or private transport is included. Our #1 choice is the Railay Village Resort perfectly situated in the heart of Railay offers privacy despite the busy location. Another excellent choice is the Rayavadee remote located offers a first class service. Shuttle from the airport to the 5* hotel is organized by the resort.

Longtail boats at Railay Beach, Krabi during the peak season
Railay Beach is full of longtail boats at midday

Tips for Boat Trips (during high season)

Longboats are operating from 8 am to 6 pm. daily. Go at a different time than most others. Either very early by taking the very first boat or book sunset trips. The beach starts to fill up quickly after 10 am, and midday is the worst; it's difficult to enjoy the beautiful scenery with so many other people. Another alternative is to go out on a diving or fishing boat. It's more expensive, but they are more comfortable and usually welcome non-divers as well as non-fishing passengers. They also take less traveled routes and visit less busy locations which are excellent for snorkeling. We'd booked a sunset tour with included dinner on the vessel of our resort the Aonang Fiore. We highly recommend a cruise along the coast, Railay Beach, to Poda Island, and Chicken Island. 

Chicken Island on a sunset Cruise along the Krabi coast
Chicken Island at the sunset cruise

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Wharariki Beach is truly a stunning place. The beach got more popular due to the Windows 10 Wallpapers. Anyhow, it's pretty remote and far to drive, the reason that's still not overrun. It's a 2 hours drive more than 100 km from Kaiteriteri and an hour from Kataka. If you are looking for one of the most breathtaking beaches with view people only except during summer from December to February, you should come here for a whole day or at least a couple of hours. Most people visit the beach for the awesome sunset!

Wharariki Beach in the evening

When the tide is going out, you can hike along the entire beach and getting access to several caves. It's very rare that you get pretty close to all of the Archway Islands during low tide. It depends on the sea level. Be aware it's not safe for swimming due to rip currents. Bring a windproof jacket it's extremely windy! Tide times

Where to Stay

Either you can stay next to the Beach at the Wharariki Holiday Park which is quite basic but beautifully situated or chose The Innlet, Country Apartments, Cottages, and Farmhouse Villa Hostel. The location of the property is excellent while you visit Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit look no further.

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When visiting the Pancake Rocks, you should not miss this walk to the gorgeous Truman Beach. It's overshaded by the Pancake Rocks but in our opinion a must. There are many photo ops. which are best late afternoon to evening when the sun is shining into the bay. Schedule an hour to 1 1/2 for the walk and the exploring. A waterfall occurs most of the time but not in the drier summer. The access to the beach is safe around low tide only. Tide times Westport

Truman Beach at Low Tide at the Paparoa National Park

Weather (Westport)

Usually, the summer is pleasant and the winter mild. The day temps in summer are around 25°C/77°F, in spring and fall up to 17°C/63°F. A high amount of precipitation throughout the year on average each month more than 200 mm except February which is usually a little drier. Spring is the wettest season influenced by the winds from the Tasman Sea. The rain increases quickly closer to the mountains. A local saying “go deep, go steep, get wet”.  Check conditions for hiking and the tides at the visitor center first.

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