Garnish Beach, at the southern tip of the Beara peninsula (1.5 miles from Dursey Island) holds the only Green Coast Award in Beara. Garnish beach was given this Award in June 2010.
Green Coast awards are presented each year to rural beaches that meet EC bathing quality water standards and that also have a clean environment and natural beauty. Garnish beach and its sister beach Trá na gCloch both meet these standards as well as having two of the very few sandy beaches in Beara. Garnish beach also has newly refurbished wheelchair accessible toilet facilities that include changing rooms and baby changing facilities.