Often the first thing visitors do when they arrive in Pärnu is head straight for the sand, rip off all their clothes, give a loud yell and dive into the water. Alright, that doesn’t really happen much, but for a lot of summer tourists, Pärnu begins and ends with its white sand beach. Aside from the bronzing bodies and volleyball games you can find on any beach, there are other sights here as well. One is the functionalist-style Rannahoone (beach house) dating to 1939. Find this building, with its distinctive, mushroom-shaped balcony, right on the beach. Nearby is the Kuursaal, an intricate, wooden beach salon dating to 1893. Those interested in kayaking, windsurfing and the like should head to beach's extreme eastern end, which is designated for these sports.
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