Along the 7.4 miles (12 km) long shore of St. Peter you will find five beach sections. If it is windy and you cannot sunbath without being sand glazed you can rent roofed wicker beach chairs on all beaches. Each of these typical Northern German chairs has space for 2 people and comes with a table, footstools, foldable roofs and wind protecting side walls. Since they are very popular during high season you should consider an online reservation (available up to 4 weeks of your stay): http://www.st.peter-ording-nordsee.de/webshop/index.php?cat=c7_Reservierung-von-Strandkoerben.html (German only)
Böhl This is the southernmost beach area of St. Peter and located south of Dorf, the historic village. The landmarks of this area are St. Peter’s lighthouse and the fish restaurant Seekiste, which is located in a stilt house and famous for its outstanding food. The brick lighthouse was built in 1892 and is accessible by a bike and pedestrian path.
South of the beach start the Schleswig-Holstein tidelands, a German national park and UNESCO natural heritage site. Within the park you can hike along the tidelands during low tide and watch many seabirds. More info about the national park is available at: http://www.nationalpark-wattenmeer.de/ (German only)
Böhl beach is accessible from March through October over pedestrian and bike trails or from the parking lot.
Dorf/Süd This beach is popular with tideland hikers since a sand bank protects the area from the rough North Sea. During low tide you can join one of the many guided tideland excursions offered by Schutzstation Wattenmeer. You can contact them for more details about the hikes over st-peter-ording(at)schutzstation-wattemeer.de or visit their website at: http://www.schutzstation-wattenmeer.de/unsere-stationen/st-peter-ording/ (German only).
Dorf/Süd beach is accessible all year round over pedestrian and bike trails.
Bad The beach of Bad is always busy since Bad is the resort and spa center of the town. In particular families love this beach section since the water is flat and protected by a sand bank. Due to the sand bank the water only backs out for about 200 yards during low tide, which assures an undisturbed beach day. As mentioned before a scenic sea bridge connects the beach, dunes, and salt meadows with the inland. The bridge is accessible all year round but for pedestrians only. If you come by car park at the Ording beach lot (open March-October).
On the beach you have a few stilt houses that are occupied by restaurants and lifeguards.
Ording This area is the largest and most popular beach in St. Peter and known for water sports like wind and kite surfing. The center is marked by another stilt house that contains a restaurant and café called 54 degrees North (54 Grad Nord). Besides, if sport events take place in St. Peter they will be taking place in this area.
You can access the beach all year round over bike and pedestrian trails or park in the Ording lot which is open from March–October.
Ording/Nord North of Ording beach follows the northernmost beach of St. Peter, Ording/Nord, a nude beach. This wide area includes beach volleyball courts and another stilt house restaurants the Silbermöve with typical Northern German fare. No worries: you are not permitted access to the restaurant if you are naked.