The center of Audru municipality is the town of Audru and the heart of town is the Audru Manor and Park.Fourteen well-preserved buildings have remained from the Manor; only the mansion was destroyed in World War II.  Audru Park invites you for romantic and lovely walks within its lush green lawns and flora and over its beautiful suspension bridges. A few miles away is  the Tavern Kuld Lõvi, a vivid example of the old inn architecture of the first half of the 19th century built by the manor. Those interested in history can learn more about the region in the Audru Museum, which is located in the former estate manager's house.

In addition to Audru, regional centers also include Ahaste, Jõõpre and Lindi villages, where there is a kindergarten, schools, shops and libraries with Internet access points, community centers, post offices, etc.  Today, the proximity of the city of Pärnu and the better educational and employment opportunities have had a large impact on the parish. The population of the parish is increasing year on year, mostly as a result of the new housing estates in the villages of Papisaare, Lemmetsa and Valgeranna. 

The beach and beautiful natural recreation areas have been an attraction of Audru municipality throughout the times. Valgerand beach covered with white sand and protected from the north winds by the immense pine forest is a favorite for both local beach holiday makers and for those coming from afar. In recent years, an adventure park, which towers into the tree tops, and the White Beach Golf Course have added new attractiveness to the area. 

For nature lovers the reed protection area and the polder between Valgeranna and Audru, which are nesting and migratory havens for many bird species, offer great naturist experiences. A bird sanctuary of international interest is also the Nätsi-Võlla bog, and  worth visiting is Lindi nature reserve located along Pärnu-Tõstamaa-highway. From a lookout tower close to the highway, you can observe the vast reserve, the heart of which forms Lindi bog with its small picturesque lakes.

In addition to tourism, the traditional activities in Audru parish have been farming and animal husbandry, fishing and fish processing, forestry and wood processing.  Audru is also known by its animal and fur ranching enterprises. Today, however, a wide range of manufacturing and service companies have been added. The best known are Villa Andropoff, engaged in the recreational industry, fish processing enterprise Kajax Fish Eksport, a metal company Lasertool OÜ, shrimp processing enterprise Japs M.VB.M. and a spoon factory OÜ Valmos etc. 

Strongly recommended is for visitors to drop by the Tamme farm garden, where the hostess will introduce a model herb garden of medicinal and aromatic plants. In the farm shop, each guest can buy exciting taste experiences - fragrant herb and tea mixtures, herb-flavored jams and vegetable preserves. 

The cheerful people of the parish have joined in a number of movements and societies, aimed at the development of village life, as well as preservation of local traditions and practices. As for cultural societies, Audru Jõelaevanduse Punt and an original brass band Õnn Tuli Õuele are famous all over Pärnu County. One of the grand events that have become well known is the Estonian Line Dance Festival, which is organized every summer in Sassi farm.

Häädemeeste municipality is the southernmost of the coastal line and the parish boundaries coincide with the Latvian state border - just as well as the local history and culture. Via Baltica, a highway of international importance passes through the municipality in a north-south direction and therefore, one can see guests from very different countries driving through and hiking here. 

Parallel to Via Baltica, along the sand dune chain, runs the picturesque old highway, which takes you all the way to the Latvian town Ainaži, where the coastal fishing villages alternate with the pine forests bordering the dunes.  The old Tallinn-Riga highway was the 18th century's most important post road, along which old postal stations that can still be found today.

The coastal recreation area from Kabli all the way to Treimani is one of the most beloved recreational and beach holiday locations around Pärnu County.  Kabli beach has received a new look in the form of a promenade, which winds along the beach and the coastal meadow and includes such amenities as picnic sites, a children's playground and a summer cafe. 

In addition to a beach vacation, Häädemeeste municipality is of interest because of its natural diversity, which includes the coastal areas and meadows, sand dunes covered with pine forests, bogs, marshes, and forests rich in berries and mushrooms. Close by are also the Luitemaa and Nigula nature reserves, which have attracted international attention and protection. Nature lovers have the opportunity to check out the region's beautiful and unique scenery and many hiking trails; definitely recommended is dropping by Kabli nature center-information desk, where you can obtain valuable information about nature holidays and see exciting exhibitions.  

The local coastal villages are famous for their sailing ship history; today one can still reminisce of old sailing times by taking in the monuments, the fancy wooden houses of the old sea captains, and the family graves in village cemeteries. The starting point of construction of larger vessels may be considered the year 1861, when Gustav Martinson launched his sailing ships "Julie" and "Markus" - the first Estonian long distance sailing ships which were launched onto their adventures from the waters at Häädemeeste and the Kabli coast. The best medium for maritime shipping and ship-building stories is the Häädemeeste museum and it is strongly recommended for visitors to drop by and ask for more information.

When visiting Häädemeeste municipality, definitely one must cross the state border and drive along the coastal highway to the city of Ainaži. Older Estonians still remember Ainaži under the name of Heinaste, from the times when the city belonged within the borders of Estonia. On the premises of the old maritime school, which operated back when Ainži was a vibrant sea going port, is now located a maritime museum, which tells the story of the past centuries, ship builders, ships and sea travel. The maritime school has trained most of the former sailors and captains of the local coastal area. The Ainaži fire museum is also interesting and the Ainaži beach is for sure worth a visit.  

Also, the story of the name Häädemeeste (Good Men) is related to marine navigation. One of the many legends tells the tale of a foreign ship that had been wrecked here on the coast during a storm and the sailors and people barely escaped from death. The coastal people are said to have assisted the castaways and those in turn gave the name to the place.

Special unique and ancient traditions, which are for the most part remaining to this day, are the way of life of the Island of Kihnu, which has been included in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage masterpieces. Today's Kihnu is a peculiar amalgam of past and contemporary life. Thus, many women still wear the island's own daily folk skirts – körts - woven by themselves, and small children know how to dance Kihnu dances and sing Kihnu songs. The Kihnu dialect is still taught at school in these modern times. Thanks to the attention of UNESCO, a foundation named the Kihnu Cultural Space has been launched, which is responsible for preservation and development of the culture of Kihnu. 

Traditionally, the main activities of the Kihnu people have been fishing and the hunting of seals. Today, an important source of livelihood, in addition to fishing, is tourism, as Kihnu has become one of the more attractive places to visit in Estonia. The most important fishing and fish processing companies are Kihnu Kala and Kihnu Külmhoone. Kihnurand AS deals with hosting of tour groups and the organization of travel; also on Kihnu Island one can find a myriad of small accommodation enterprises and an assortment of bed and breakfast accommodations. 

The center of the cultural life of Kihnu Island is the community center with unique architecture, where all the visitors to the island must stop by for the varied exhibitions. In addition, there is a library, a public Internet access point and the rural municipal government. 

In the vicinity of the community center are also the museum introducing the history and cultural traditions of Kihnu, and Kihnu Church. Kihnu Church is crowned with a pompous onion dome according to the Orthodox tradition and churchgoers are welcomed by a gate made of colorful bricks. Just as sacred as the church for the inhabitants of Kihnu, is the graveyard, where one goes very quietly, never after sunset so as not to disturb the dead. By the main gate of the cemetery is buried the famous Captain Enn Uuuetoa aka Kihnu Jõnn, whose remains were brought to Kihnu from Denmark in 1992. Once in Kihnu, you do not leave the island without visiting the Kihnu lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on the picturesque Pitkänä cape on the southern tip of the island.  

The sea surrounding the island of Kihnu is shallow and rocky; the island is surrounded by numerous small islets and low ridges. The most beautiful of them, the islet of Sangelaid, has been taken under historic preservation. Kihnu Island and the surrounding sea with its islets is the nesting area for many birds. Kihnu Strait has therefore been nominated into an internationally important bird protection area.   

The best way to explore the small island of Kihnu is to rent a bike on the island or to bring it along from the mainland on the daily ferry. Other unique experiences are a tour of the Island while riding in the bed of truck and a fish lunch in the fresh air.

From very old times, the entire area around Pärnu has been called Junnuland, just like an area in Southwestern Estonia is called Mulk Land, or another one in the Southeastern area is called Setoland...  As is appropriate for a big country, here used to live and still live different national groups: Puujunns, Kivijunns, Pussjunns etc.

The local areas, all the way to the town of Pärnu belonged within an ancient and powerful county of Soontagana. An old stronghold of ancient Estonians, which was one of the last to be conquered - the stronghold of Soontagana - is found here.  A very secret underwater road is said to have led to the stronghold located in the middle of swamps. Today the ancient castle hill is surrounded by beautiful heritage of the cultural landscape - meadows, old farm sites and stone walls. In addition to a pleasant walk and beautiful views, visitors can find camping sites and a rest cabin for hikers. 

It is believed that the St. Michael's Church is of such a respectable age that even the Latvian Hendrik once held an office there. St. Michael's Church was built in the politically influential ancient county of Soontagana as early as at the end of the 13th century and is thus one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings in all of western Estonia.   

In Koonga municipality is one of the largest wooded meadows in Estonia and maybe throughout Europe. The manicured area of the wooded meadow of Nedrema has grown to nearly 100 hectares in size and a hiking trail introduces the values of the meadow. We recommend visiting the nearly 300-year-old Mihkli oak-wood, and Pärdimägi hill which is the highest place in the West-Estonian plains. Visitors can camp and make bonfires on Pärdimägi hill. 

The best way to find out more about the cultural and historic values of Koonga parish is to take a bicycle tour organized by the Oidremaa mansion. 

A long tradition of the Mihkli Fair, which was revived in 1989, is noteworthy in itself. Historically, the Fair has taken place on St. Michael's Day, in the autumn, when both animals and agricultural products were traded. Today, the fair is organized in the summer and a genuine atmosphere of the village fairground makes it special. 

In recent years, the “restacked” Pikavere village has once again earned attention. Pikavere is special for its stone walls which border streets and mark the boundaries of plots and fields. In Pikavere there are more things to check out - such as the prayer house of the Moravian church built in 1830, which has retained its original form. Pikavere has been granted the award of the “Beautiful Home of Pärnu County”, as well as of the village of the year 2006 of Pärnu County.

Unfortunately, the best days of the parish, in the economical sense, remain back at the times of the collective farm, which of course does not mean that local people have stopped all commerce. Manufacturing of log homes is a vital enterprise; the quality products of Koonga Puit are well known in the county and in the city and traditional farming is still very much alive. Great expectations lie on the local mineral resource peat and dolomite is of a high quality in the area as well.

Lavassaare is the smallest municipality in Pärnu County.  The history of Lavassaare began in 1919 from the founding of the peat industry, which was established to utilize the local swamp massif.  In addition to the industrial buildings and housing for the officials, the settlement consisted of wooden barracks built for housing the workers. Due to the remoteness and natural isolation, during the war and after the war, a prison camp existed here. 

After the year 1950, a new era of development started in the peat industry and in the settlement.  There was a need for better and more contemporary industrial buildings and better living conditions for qualified and experienced employees.In the reconstruction plan of the Lavassaare Peat Industry, the establishment of a new settlement 1.5 km from the former settlement was foreseen.  Today, in the middle of bogs on a swamp island 31 m above sea level, a settlement with comfortable dwelling houses has been built which is the home for around 600 residents. 

The development and the activities of the parish today are still connected with the peat industry and other areas related to it.  The largest industrial enterprises are Tootsi Turvas AS and Biolan Baltic OÜ.  In view of preservation and revitalization of Lavassaare, as well as of the contribution to its harmonious development, a non-profit organization has been created named Rabamaastik. A Peat Museum is under development and culture is promoted by the community center and the library, as well as by a non-profit organization, Lavassaare Cultural Society. 

The Estonian Museum Railway located in Lavassaare contains its own steam train exhibit, the largest in the Baltic’s and one of the largest in Europe.The museum has on display historic rolling stock and in a house located nearby are contained the exhibition rooms.  During the summer months, visitors can enjoy a steam train ride between the museum and Lavassaare. Special excitement is offered by a hand trolley ride, or even a picnic on the train.

The center of Saarde municipality, which is located inland in the middle of forests and swamps, is the town of Kilingi Nõmme. The town, which is located on the edge of a pine forest, is decorated by well-preserved wooden houses along the main street. Kilingi Nõmme has also carried the title of the forest capital and therefore it is fully expected that in the proximity of the town there have been established forest trails with a forestry class.

Away from major roads stretch the unique bog and swamp massifs, which run all the way to the north of Latvia.  Nigula and Sookuninga protected areas of Estonia and the North Vidzeme of Latvia are precisely the places where the special natural biotic communities are found and discovered by those with this interest. With the help of several hiking trails and observation towers, every visitor can experience this natural wonder for themselves.  

St. Catherine's Church of Saarde, located alongside a beautiful lake, forms a picturesque ensemble and is an ideal place for a picnic stop.  Don’t miss a stop at the Voltveti manor house in Tihemetsa, which was completed in 1830 and its late-classical style mansion was once one of the most impressive in Pärnu County. Today the building accommodates the Tihemetsa educational institution of the Vocational Education Center of Pärnu County. The manor is surrounded by a park with 150 different kinds of trees, among which there are many rare varieties.

The Vango Holiday Farm is a place to enjoy different forms of beautifully and tastefully designed old-Estonian folklore farm architecture, relax in an idyllic farm environment or organize large events for up to 200 people.

Saarde municipality includes the most popular local recreation area - Rae Lake. In the Rae Lake recreation area, a visitor can find all the necessary things for a relaxing vacation in nature  - a car park, a toilet, a wood shed, campfire sites, shelters with benches and tables, amusements for children, swings and trails of a moderate level of difficulty.  In addition to nature lovers, the lake in the middle of the forests is also a favorite place for fishermen.

Sauga municipality is located as a semi-circle around the city of Pärnu. Semi-urban, rural life areas and good connections with the City have attracted many young families to establish their homes here. Geographically, the territory of Sauga municipality remains in the Pärnu lowland, consisting of a larger share of the western part of the Nurme bog and the entire Rääma bog. Swamp and forest cover more than half of the territory of the parish, hence the main mineral resources - peat.  

In the parish are important transport nodes of Pärnu County, including the airport as well as the Via Baltica highway and the Pärnu – Rakvere highway which run through the parish. 

In the local Pulli village, the oldest traces of human activity in Estonia have been found.  The signs from tribal activity of hunter-gatherers-fishermen in a Pulli Stone Age settlement date back from the time of some 11 000 years ago.  

In the territory of Sauga municipality is the Niidu-Tammiste forest landscape, which offers natural aesthetic pleasure as a holiday value. Beautiful sections of the roads are old and winding and are in close proximity to several landscape venues, when traveling on them the visitor is faced with beautiful views, which also makes their usage suitable as hiking trails. The Pärnu River, which winds its way throughout the parish, has become recognized as a beautiful section of the Estonian waterways.

We recommend that families with children drop by the Nurmenuku Recreation Center. The Center houses domestic animals each contained in their own separate little houses. The open meadow makes for a fun ride on Estonian draft horses and for the little children there is a carousel and a swing park. The small guests can also get to jump on the trampoline and to do and see plenty of other interesting things.  The Jõekääru camp site by Sauga River offers opportunities for sport recreation for the entire family – for the adventurous, an adventure trail, climbing walls and Kiiking, also many social games including paintball and archery.  In the Uueda tourism farm it is also possible, in addition to accommodation and organizing of events, to examine unique cars and old tools. 

The single largest employers of Sauga parish are EKTO OÜ Pärnu (heavy equipment rental, sales and service), ASB Greenworld Estonia OÜ (the growth of peat), Nurme Teedeehitus OÜ (road building and earth works). A detailed plan for an Industrial Park to be established in the area on 100 hectares is expected to be developed as an industrial village.

The active people of the parish belong to many associations and partnerships.  Active women are concentrated in the women’s associations, Kilksama-Räägu and Pulli village societies, which contribute to the development of village life. The local Lions lend a hand to the events and charity projects of the parish people.

Tahkuranna takes its name from the sandstone that makes up the bottom of the sea and which was in the old times used for manufacturing whetstones, used by both locals and exported. 

Up to Viljandi, Tahkuranna herring was widely known and the place was equally famous for cucumber cultivation during the Soviet period.  For the purpose of reviving the tradition of cucumber cultivation, in the summer of 2010, the first Pickled Cucumber Festival was held. 

Today, many locals are still committed to fishing. There is also manufacturing of hockey sticks and sauna equipment, construction and repair of yachts and much more. In small villages are operating village associations and in the parish there are a number of active cultural associations. On the initiative and with the involvement of the energetic Tahkuranna women's group, fairs and events for the parish folks have been organized. 

The area is also the birth place of the first President of the Republic of Estonia Konstantin Päts. A memorial has been placed at the birth place of the President in Tahkuranna, and in a small Naarismaa Farm Museum is a display of his biography. Well worth checking out is the red brick Tahkuranna church built on the sea shore – where the President was christened. 

The nature of the municipality is characterized by dune forests, coastal pastures and swamp meadows; along the coastline are capes, islets and bays. The warm and clean sea water, sand dunes and pine forests are well suited for beach holidays. The finest and most suitable for bathing are the beaches between Reiu and Uulu.

Jõulumäe Health Center located between the forests and sand dunes of Tahkuranna is the largest and most popular sports center of Pärnu County. The diverse health trails of Jõulumäe offer the pleasure of skiing in winter and the joy of hiking in the summer months; in addition, there are other sporting activities here in any season, with any weather.

Like other municipalicies of the Romantic Coastline, Tõstamaa is characterized by diverse nature - a long coastline, beaches and wooded meadows, piles of stones, sand dunes, ancient forests and beautiful rivers and lakes. In Tõstamaa municipality are the most glorious lakes of Läänemaa County that are also the richest in fish.  The wealth of Ermistu Lake is also the giant stocks of lake mud, which are used in many rehabilitation centers as therapeutic treatment. Preservation of the diverse nature of the Tõstamaa and Varbla coastal regions and Kihnu Island falls on the newly established Kihnu Strait Marine Park. 

Sorgu Island that is under nature protection is a tiny rocky island of five hectares, which is a natural rock-garden and a paradise for sea birds. The granite from the island can be found in the cobble stone pavings and the piers of Pärnu city. Manilaid or Manija Island is located less than a kilometer from the mainland and year-round almost 35 people live here.  The whole island is like a valuable coastal meadow, which is characterized by the growth of rare plants and the constant ringing of the voices of coastal birds. On warm nights of early summer, one may hear here a loud toad recital - in Manija there is the Estonian and probably Western European largest population of the natterjack toad. 

As for historical and cultural values, the pride of the municipality is Tõstamaa Manor, in particular its mansion. The mansion is the most beautiful one of all the restored manor houses of Pärnu County. Since 1921, the Post-Classical style mansion has been hosting the local school. The last baron of Tõstamaa estate was the scientist Alexander Stael von Holstein (1877 - 1937), who was born and raised in Tõstamaa and was a Professor of Sanskrit language and the Head of the Department of Beijing University. 

In total, seven manors belonged to the historic parish of Tõstamaa, out of which knight’s estates were Tõstamaa and Pootsi. To this day, little has been preserved of the Pootsi manor center. The mansion is privately owned and heavily upgraded; most of the outbuildings have been destroyed. Today, however, a carpet workshop awaits guests in the former steward’s house and in the current visitor center of Pootsi manor.

Interesting sights are the village churches in Tõstamaa, Tõhela, Seliste,  Kõpu and Kastna. Of the five churches located in the municipality, the only Lutheran church is the St. Mary's Church of Tõstamaa, the other four are Orthodox churches. Unlike other Orthodox churches built in the second half of the 19th century, the Seliste church is a wooden building. The church was built by monks in Riga and it was brought from Riga in the form of detail parts over the ice to Seliste. The bell tower of the church has a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding area. 

The most important part of the economy in the parish is agriculture. Of big importance are the fisheries and wood processing, and increasingly gaining pace is tourism and recreation.

Varbla municipality is known as a place with a clean environment, beautiful beaches and unspoiled nature and it has always been a valued recreation area. The local landscape is characterized by pieces of land full of junipers and stone fences, alternating by forests, characteristic of Western Estonia and the Baltic archipelago. The most beautiful junipers can be found in Kadaka and Mereäärse villages, as well as around Paatsalu bay and from Vaiste village all the way to Matsi. Matsi beach is located along forests of ancient pine trees, the most beloved beach vacation spot of the local coast.  

Thanks to the semi-natural and natural biotic community, Raespa offers beautiful views of wooded and coastal meadows, Kõrgessaare Island and the Sõmeri peninsula.  Be sure to visit the Illussaare shore to admire the view to Paatsalu bay. The Illuste manor house built in 1912 is an interesting example of Art Noveau style. The building is surrounded by giant trees of the park founded in the late 19th century. 

Those who like boating should be sure to visit the islets of Varbla. A boat trip between twelve islands and islets is a fun pastime for both children and adults.  The most suitable places for fishing are Vaiste-Saulepi and Paatsalu coastal waters.

The biggest attraction of the inland is Kolga stream and the dunes. Flowing through the dunes, the stream has formed a deep picturesque valley. The age of the oldest local pine trees ranges over 170 years.  For those interested in the nature, a hiking trail has been created here. 

Uue-Varbla manor house is one of the few relatively well-preserved early Classical wooden manor houses in Estonia. In Varbla is also located the Varbla Urbanuse Lutheran Church, the modest appearance of which contrasts with the relatively rich coastal style interior of the Rannarootsi churches.

In the business activity of the municipality, agriculture plays an important part.  The largest agricultural enterprise is OÜ Paadremaa.  The most common agricultural sectors are animal husbandry and plant growing. To a lesser extent, horticulture including fruit and vegetable cultivation is also important to the municipality.  As for other companies, an important role have forestry and timber logging enterprises as well as those dealing with wood processing. Many people make a significant proportion of their income from fishing. In the services sector, in the leading position is tourism as the fastest-growing branch of business.