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“the longest sea beach in the world”
Review of Cox's Bazar Beach

Cox's Bazar Beach
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Cox's Bazar
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Nairobi, Kenya
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“the longest sea beach in the world”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

the beaches are really cool, there are a lot of street food and all of them are yummy and cheap ... even there are restaurants very near by. lots of local shops specially if u want to buy small gifts u will get a lot of shops ... very famous transport here is rickshaw ... specially i will ask ppl from ouside Bangladesh to ride rickshaw ... and of cause sunset and sunrise is awesome here .. all types of hotels are nearby walking distance .... ( five star to local cheap hotel only bed and breakfast ) ... here in the five star hotel they have their private beach ... in a word coxs bazar is lovely ...

Visited November 2013
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Princeville, Hawaii
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“Sand like mud”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The stretch is huuuge, no argue about that, but the sand was more like mud. Also no one is going into the water and it is not like any other beach, as everybody is wearing their clothes. Was there with my girlfriend and every single person on the beach was staring at her, we felt very uncomfortable. There was the corpse of a giant turtle being eaten by street dogs.

Visited February 2014
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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“Go to Shugandha beach”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Shugandha beach is the cleanest. Go there on peak seasons, its better as there are many people, and many shops and things to do in the beach as compared to off peak seasons when the beach seems very quiet, almost a deadly place. Its also cleaner in the peak seasons.

Visited July 2014
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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“The longest beach”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Though the beach is not well organized, it is the true view of nature on the longest unbroken beach of the world. Sun set is a must see here and if you want to just hang out, you can spend the whole day over here. But be cautious about the tide, since it is risky to go into the water during the low tide.

Visited May 2014
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Rajshahi City, Bangladesh
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“St. Martin Island, Cox-Bazaar”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

St. Martin's Island is a small island (area only 8 km) in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. There is a small adjoining island that is separated at high tide, called Chhera island. It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of Myanmar, at the mouth of the Naf River. The first settlement started just 250 years ago by some Arabian sailors who named the island ‘Zajira’. During British occupation the island was named St. Martin Island. The local names of the island are "Narical Gingira", also spelled "Narikel Jinjira/Jinjera", which means 'Coconut Island' in Bengali, and "Daruchini Dip". It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.

Inhabitants
Most of the island's approximately 3,700 inhabitants live primarily from fishing. Besides, the other staple crops are rice and coconut. Being very common in the island, algae are collected, then dried and finally exported to Myanmar. Between October and April, the fishermen from neighboring areas bring their caught fishes to the island's temporary wholesale market. However exports of chicken, meat and other foods do come in from the mainland Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). As the centre and the south are mainly farmland and makeshift huts, most of the permanent structures are around the far north of the island.

During the rainy season, because of the dangerous conditions on the Bay of Bengal, the inhabitants have no scope to go to the mainland (teknaf) and their life can become dangerous. There is now a hospital on the island, but in the past there has often been no doctor.

Transportation
The only way to reach the place is the water transportation i.e. boats and ships (mostly for tourists) from Teaknaf. Do not expect to find taxis, tarred roads or electricity here in the island. Except for the larger hotels that run on generators, there is no electricity supply from the national grid in the island since a dangerous hurricane in the year 1999. The island is all about sun, sea and palm trees. During the day, the island comes alive with water and beach sports, with beach parties and bonfires lighting up the evening skies.
Tourism
From 1989 to 2004, non-residential Bangladeshis and foreigners were the only people permitted on the island; however, this has changed and now residential Bangladeshis are allowed. St. Martin's Island has become a popular tourist spot. Currently, five shipping liners run daily trips to the island, including Shahid Sher Niabat, L C T Kutubdia, Eagle, Keari Cruise & Dine and Keari-Sindbad. Tourists can book their trip either from Chittagong or from Cox's Bazar. The surrounding coral reef of the island has an extension named Chera Dwip. A small bush is there, which is the only green part of Chera Dwip, enhancing the beauty of this island. People do not live on this part of the island, so it is advisable for the tourists to go there early and come back by afternoon.
In the past five years St. Martin's visitor population has increased dramatically. While this situation has proven to be lucrative for the islanders, it is causing the natural beauty of the island to deteriorate. Presently there are many efforts being put forth to preserve the several endangered species of turtles that nest on the island, as well as the corals, some of which are found only on Narikel Jinjera. Pieces of the coral reef are being removed in order to be sold to tourists. Nesting turtles are sometimes taken for food, and their hatchlings are often distracted by the twinkling lights along the beach. Species of fish, a few just recently discovered, are being overfished. Every year the fishermen must venture further out to sea to get their catch. Most of them use motorless boats.
It is possible to walk around the island in a day because it measures only 8 km (3 sq. mile), shrinking to about 5 km (2 sq. mi) during high tide. The island exists only because of its coral base, so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beaches. Because of this, St. Martin's has lost roughly 25% of its coral reef in the past seven years.

Shootings of St. Martin's fishermen
Fishing is one of largest professional activities of St. Martin's Island's 5,500 residents; however, territorial disputes between Myanmar and Bangladesh have resulted in a state of tension between the countries that can erupt into violence, often targeting unarmed Bangladeshi fishermen. Below is a brief summary of shooting incidents against St. Martin's fishermen:
Fishing boats on St. Martin's

On October 7, 1998 between three and five Bangladeshi fishermen were killed by Burmese Navy forces just off the coast of St. Martin's Island.

On September 8, 1999 one Bangladeshi fisherman was shot and killed by Burmese Navy forces near St. Martin's Island. Nine crewmen from the victim's fishing boat abandoned their boat and swam for their lives and were rescued by Bangladeshi forces, and the Bangladeshi government lodged a formal protest note to Myanmar.

On August 20, 2000 the Bangladeshi police reported that Burmese border guards had shot and killed four Bangladeshi fishermen off the coast of St. Martin's Island.

In 2011 pirates attacked fishermen 5 km off the coast of St. Martin's Island and killed four of them.

Visited April 2014
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