Hanko (Hangö in Swedish)  is Finland's southernmost town. It is a major recreational marina with many or most sailboats and motorboats visiting Hanko on their way west towards the Finnish archipelago or eastwards to Helsinki. Hanko is a popular town to visit in summer and a lot of tourism ensures good services and a lot of restaurants in the marina. Hanko is also a major port for exports and imports year around.
One can get to the Hanko peninsula along highway 25. The town is reached in 1,5 hours from Helsinki so it is suitable for a day trip.
Hanko is primarily notable as a port.
Harbor facilities for recreational boats is operating in the summer.
By train or by bus
Easiest way around Hanko is on foot or by bike. Most sights and services are close to the city center and the marina. Except during the Hangon Regatta, Taxis are also easily available and parking space is easy to find for own car.
Hanko is best known for its beaches and as the site of the Hangon Regatta yacht race, held yearly in early July. The race draws a large number of spectators and the entire city takes on a festive, sometime rowdy carnival atmosphere.
There are several nice beaches, with beautiful and clean sand, along the shores of the peninsula, especially on its south side. Many of the beaches are perfect for families with small children, as the water is shallow (often only 20 to 40 cm, or around one foot) tens of meters from the shore, and gets reasonably warm on sunny and warm summer days.
As Hanko is situated on a peninsula the only alternatives to get out are back by train or car along highway 25 towards Karjaa or to Germany by ferry.