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Hanko (Hangö in Swedish) is Finland's southernmost town, a major port, and the main beach destination on the southern cost of Finland in the summertime . It is a major recreational marina with most boats visiting Hanko on their way between Helsinki and the Finnish archipelago towards Stockholm. Restaurant, accommodation and other services are very good, thanks to the busy tourism of the town.
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 a notable port and has Finland's biggest and best known marina, a meeting point of the Baltic Sea. Marina main season is from the beginning of June until the end of August, but there is limited service also outside this season.
By train or by bus
There is limited commuter train service from Karjaa train station in Raseborg where all trains on the main Helsinki-Turku line stop, or you can opt for a direct bus from either city. All options take roughly two hours.
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 for cars is usually relatively easy to find.
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.
Roxx, the marina bar is also open outside of the sailing season, drinks and small eats. Marina sauna is rentable from Roxx outside of sailing season. +358 19 2484393 .