Rolling out the mat, taking off the shoes, grabbing a bite, making sand castles and enjoying the sunset at the horizon. Isn’t this something that we all love to do… The 6 km long stretch of sand, situated in the suburbs of Mumbai and ringed by the Arabian Sea, Juhu Chowpatty, is one of the biggest and the busiest beach in Mumbai that’s gives the residents of this city the opportunity to do so.
This tourist attraction is one of the sought after destination for a weekend getaway for the busy Mumbaikar. Benchmarked by a series of luxury hotels on the southern end, it extends up to Versova and to the North of it lies the Gandhi Gram. Sightings of celebrities in their luxury cars whizzing by or with them busy shooting is a frequent occurrence on this piece of land. Being accessible from three railway stations, Santa Cruz, Andheri and Vile Parle, makes the Juhu Chowpatty, an excellent spot to commute due to the ease. Even the usual Kaali Peelis (cabs) keep buzzing it from time to time. The ‘best’ services of Mumbai also provide adequate support to the inflow and outflow option from the place.
The sounds of “bhel le lo bhel” and “Chaia Chaia” keeps the place lively. Famous for the variety of the foodstuffs on offer at the stalls set up at the beach, it offers the Mumbai style street food with the sound of the waves for enthusiasts. Joyrides for kids, acrobats and toy sellers, sports screenings, sandy playfields, it attracts one and all to keep busy in the variety of activities. Also being underneath the arrival and the departure path of the Mumbai Airport, it becomes a popular spot for plane spotting.
Swimming is not an ideal option at the chowpatty but a sunbath is a preferred choice by many. The best time to visit Juhu Chowpatty is when the winter sets foot and makes the breeze chill. Monsoons sometimes makes the water body flow up to the connecting roads and is not a loved time by the people to be making a visit to this place. The celebrity beach, as it is popularly known, enthralls one and all by the dancing monkeys and makes the spot one of the favorites in the heart of the Mumbaikars.