“Air Tawar” means fresh water and it sounds strange to name a beach by the sea as “fresh water beach”. Perhaps the name comes from the inland lagoon that runs parallel to the beach. It’s interesting that there are two types of water bodies, salt water on the one hand and fresh water on the other, which is also pretty much adjacent to one another. There is a well landscaped park with dedicated walking paths and little bridges built over the lagoon. And that what makes this beach an attractive destination for some R&R.
Pantai Air Tawar is a bit out of the way and outside the town of Besut and therefore does not attract the town folks as much except during the weekends. Basically you can have the beach all to yourself if you come on a weekday. There are some warongs for you to eat in or take out food to have a picnic under one of the gazebos or eat on the beach.