West Cork has some of the best Blue Flag beaches in Ireland, several of them within comfortable driving distance. At first sight Baltimore itself does not look like a beach resort. But for those in the know there are superb, unspoilt, but less well-known beaches on Sherkin and Heir islands. With safe bathing, golden sands and, except on very rare occasions, no crowds.
Sherkin and Heir Islands can both be reached by a short ferry ride across the harbour from Baltimore pier.