Pebbles stand in for sand on Sochi's Black Sea beaches. Nevertheless, plenty of vacationers take advantage of Sochi's beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Many hotels, some which have private beaches, are built along the coast, and private residences also look out onto the water.
Whether or not you spend most of your time here, a trip to the beach is essential when you visit Sochi. Even if the beach doesn't offer sand that's smooth under your feet, there's still plenty of sun, sea, and sky to remind you that you're in Russia's favorite resort city.