The Best Beach Music Festivals in the World [2023]
By / January 12, 2023

There’s no better way to recover from a full night of festivaling than a relaxing day on the beach. Summertime’s harsh heat doesn’t matter as you dip into the sea to cool off — and rinse off some of the dirt from camping. If you haven’t yet experienced the true beauty of a beachside festival, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorites. So kick of your flip-flops and let’s dance in the sand!

Envision Festival 2023

February 27-March 8, 2023

Uvita, Costa Rica

Tucked into a corner of Costa Rica where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean, Envision Festival brings together an international community at this transformational festival. The four-day festival centers on art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, and nature. Taking place near the end of February, it's also a wonderful escape from the frigid winter.

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Tortuga Music Festival 2023

April 14-16, 2023

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, annually held on the white sands of Ft. Lauderdale Beach, raises awareness and support of marine conservation. This beachside music festival features everything from rap to country with a mix of Americana roots added to the mix.

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Defected Croatia 2023

August 3-8, 2023

Tisno, Croatia

It's house music heaven when the UK Defected label takes over The Garden at Tisno. Beachside camping, boat parties, special shows, and lots of surprises makes this an ideal island getaway. Need a break from the bumping beats? Explore the lovely Croatian seaside city of Tisno in between sets.

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WeCanDance 2023

August 5-13, 2023

Zeebrugge Beach, Belgium

Party on the beach! The Belgian flavored We Can Dance Festival takes place on the sands of sunny Zeebrugge Beach with five mind-blowing stages and electronic heavyweight DJs from around the world. There's a different theme each year and festies are encouraged to dress the part, which may change the atmosphere, but the vibe always remains full dance mode.

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Hangout Fest 2023

May 19-21, 2023

Gulf Shores, AL

Hangout takes music festivalling to the beach with this springtime party held mid-May on the golden sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The huge lineup of just about every genre frequently gives a sneak peek to what's coming this summer in the United States. As far as we know, this is the only festival in the world where you can watch the main stage from a hot tub.

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MEO Sudoeste 2023

August 9-12, 2023

Zambujeira Do Mar, Portugal

MEO Sudoeste settles into a coastal Portuguese town for a marathon five days of music. The festival brings in a varied array of artists with a strong emphasis on electronic and pop. For festival-goers the fabled Alentejo coast is nearby for swimming and exploration.

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Boardmasters 2023

August 9-13, 2023

Newquay, UK

It's a magical combination when competitive surfing joins up with a music festival on the beaches of Cornwall, the surfing mecca of the UK. Boardmasters mixes professional surfers with 50,000 festies a day along with an electronic and rock lineup.

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Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2023

September 16-17, 2023

Asbury Park, NJ

A new festival is washing up on the Jersey shore this autumn. The debut Sea.Hear.Now Festival will bring 25+ bands to three stages three stages at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park. Catch all this music along with a bunch of surfers and art in September.

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Fresh Island Festival 2023


Pag Island, Croatia

Croatia may be internationally known for its EDM festivals, but the largest hip-hop festival in Europe is also held on the sunny shores of the Adriatic seas. Fresh Island, which takes place on the party island of Pag, hosts three day days of hip-hop and R&B in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

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Beachlife Festival 2023

May 5-7, 2023

Redondo Beach, CA

Dip your toes into the sand and enjoy that Beachlife! This festival in Redondo Beach, California, puts out a chill festival vibe with classic rock, reggae, and Americana artists.

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BeachLife Festival 2023

Ultra Europe 2023

July 7-9, 2023

Split, Croatia

Hosted every year on the idyllic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the European edition of the massively popular Ultra Festival has become one of the largest electronic festivals on the continent. The multi-venue event is known for changing up venues around Split, so expect everything from a massive stadium to intimate beach parties.

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Weekend Festival Finland 2023

August 4-5, 2023

Helsinki, Finland

Started back in 2012, this one of the wildest electronic parties Northern Europe. 40000 festies shop up to dance to EDM, house, techno, and even some pop. This year, Weekend moves to its new home at at Suvilahti, a former energy production area in Helsinki.

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Sea Dance Festival 2023

August 17-19, 2023

Krk, Croatia

Sea Dance is leaving Montenegro for the even sunnier shores of Croatia this summer.

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Luminosity Beach Festival 2023

June 22-25, 2023

Overveen, Netherlands

A festival for trance lovers, Luminosity Beach features over 40 artists highlighting everything special about this genre of electronic music. Taking place on the famous beaches of Bloemendaal, this popular seaside town is a perfect place to welcome the summer.

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Neversea 2023

July 6-9, 2023

Constanta, Romania

Romania’s wildly successful Untold Festival added a second festival to their family with the electronic Neversea situated on the coast of the Black Sea. It takes place in the summertime haven of Romania on the shores of Constanța just east of Bucharest.

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Arenal Sound 2023

August 1-6, 2023

Borianna, Spain

Held right on the beach in the super sunny east of Spain, the open-air Arenal Sound Festival takes place in the coastal town of Borianna. Indie music in all its various forms (pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic) plays over a whopping six days to 250,000 festies.

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TidalWave Music Festival 2023

August 11-13, 2023

Atlantic City, NJ

The TidalWave Music Festival roars up onto the shores of Atlantic City this August. Kick it on the beach with all your favorite country stars from around the country.

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Les Plages Électroniques 2023

August 4-6, 2023

Cannes, France

Cannes isn't just about film festivals! It's also home to Les Plages Electroniques , a three-day dance event held right on the beautiful sands of the scenic Palais des Festivals.

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Kala Festival 2023

May 31-June 7, 2023

Dhërmi, Albania

Kala is a boutique festival that takes place in Dhërmi, a stunning beach location on the Albanian Riviera. During the day you can enjoy paradisiacal beaches, excursions to explore the unspoilt surroundings, wellness activities, heavenly food and laid-back music selections.

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We are Music Festival Wizard -- a loose coalition of writers, photographers, artists, and musicians roadtripping around the world in search of the "perfect" music festival.