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This article is about the world in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the room in Luigi's Mansion 3, see Beach (room).
Map of Beach in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Level(s) 9
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“Keep an eye out for large marine life. Some of those guys can get... testy.”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns

The Beach is the second world of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Like the other areas of Donkey Kong Island, it is infested by the Tiki Tak Tribe, who have taken Donkey Kong's banana hoard. Many of its levels take place around water or on ships. It also features some new mechanics that are not seen in the first world, Jungle, such as bomb-shooting ships. New enemies are also in this world, such as crabs and electric jellyfish. The Beach shares similarities to Aqua World from DK: King of Swing. When asked if they were the same location, senior designer Kynan Pearson approved of the idea.[1]

The boss fought in the Beach area is the Scurvy Crew.


Donkey Kong Country Returns Beach Icon
Beach icon.

From the world map, the Beach appears to be a bay hosting several small islands on it, each one being a level. The world map shows Cranky's Shop and the boss level appearing on a patch of grass.

The earlier levels take place in a calm, peaceful atmosphere featuring a few clouds. A few patches of grass and palm trees appear in parts of the level. Many of the levels have small rocks sticking out from the water. Contrarily, a few of the later levels have dark clouds, strong waves, and a high tides. One of the levels takes place in mild, cloudy weather while another features numerous ships firing cannonballs directly at the Kongs.

Shipwrecks tend to appear in the level in a level, which can either assist him or impede his progress. Oftentimes Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong can only cross over the water by jumping from pieces of wrecked ships.


Code Name/Screenshot No. of Puzzle Pieces Description
2-1 Poppin' Planks
Poppin' Planks
5 The first beach level of the game featuring platforms raised by cranes.
2-2 Sloppy Sands
Sloppy Sands
7 A level with many Squidlies and Electrasquids enemies.
2-3 Peaceful Pier
Peaceful Pier
5 The first level to feature a Rocket Barrel that also features a pirate ship that shoots cannonballs at the Kongs.
2-4 Cannon Cluster
Cannon Cluster
7 A level with many cannonball-shooting ships in it.
2-5 Squiddicus
Stormy Shore
5 The only course with Squiddicus, a giant octopus which appears as a major enemy in this level.
2-6 Blowhole Bound
Blowhole Bound
5 This level features a whale that the Kongs can ride on.
2-7 Tidal Terror
Tidal Terror
5 This level features strong waves that can wipe the Kongs away.
2-K TumblinTemple.png
Tumblin' Temple
5 The secret level that features platforms that sink into the lava.
2-B Scurvy Crew
Pinchin' Pirates
0 The course where Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong face the Scurvy Crew.


One of the eight dioramas, from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
The Beach diorama, unlocked after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Tumblin' Temple and beating the Scurvy Crew

The following is extra content that can be unlocked in the Beach area. The unlockables can be seen in their respective galleries after selecting the "EXTRAS" option in a file's menu. For a full list of extras in the game, see here.


Images are unlocked by collecting all Puzzle Pieces in certain levels. All images that can be unlocked in the Beach area are listed below, along with their titles and the levels wherein they can be unlocked (mentioned in parentheses).


A soundtrack selection for this world can be unlocked after beating the Scurvy Crew.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビーチエリア
Bīchi Eria
Beach Area


  1. ^ KynanPearson (August 12, 2021). Tweet by Kynan Pearson (Archived). Twitter. Retrieved January 30, 2022.