Most people arrive in Koh Lipe at Pattaya Beach. Since there is no pier, ferries from the mainland
drop you off at floating docks near shore. Longtail Boats then take passengers to the beach.
It’s the most populated beach, but offers a lot of choices in accommodation, nightlife and restaurants. If you’re in Koh Lipe for nightlife and meeting people its a good place to be based. You can always walk to other parts of the island when you want to. The ferries going there also make it an easy place to stay for a short visit. (No transportation needed to and from other parts of the island.)
There are several bars and several restaurants on the beach. Between them and the ones on the Walking Street, you’ll have a lot of choices including good seafood.
The other beaches get more wind and Pattaya has near white reflecting sand. It’s noticeably hotter. But, there are bars on the beach and lots of cold drinks and ice cream up The Street. Hats and sunscreen are advised for new and mid day visitors.
When the ferries have gone and at the end of the beach it’s more enjoyable.
As far as Koh Lipe goes, the “Walking Street” has just about everything.
It runs from the middle of Pattaya Beach inland toward the middle of Sunrise Beach
It’s a walking street at night, but in the daytime it might be called the “Don’t get run over by a motorcycle/sidecar street”. All the supplies for this area come up the street, so look before you step out of that shop. “Lekka Gelato” is the round sign at the top left of photo. Yum.