Anticipation of Taiwan's beach season steadily grows throughout the months of winter and spring as the heat and humidity of Taiwan's subtropical climate send temperatures through the roof. It's hard not to get excited about the beach when the thought of taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean can instantly banish the sticky heat that is so characteristic of Taiwan's climate.
Sun worshippers seek the hot sun of Taiwan's skies during the months of May through October. Taiwan's beaches may not be the glorious, beautiful sand beaches of Thailand, but they have no shortage of beach lovers to admire them. The diversity of Taiwan's beaches is also astounding, ranging from pale silky sand beaches to black sand beaches and brilliant white coral beaches.
Here are a few of our favorite beaches in Taiwan:
Feicueiwan Beach (Green Bay)
As one of the most developed recreational areas on Taiwan's northern coastline, Green Bay's admission charge is a bit steep, but the 1,500-meter beach is worth every penny when you stop to consider the range of water activities on offer. Water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, surfing, wind surfing, and scuba diving are just a few of the activities you can engage in.
The area is also famous for paragliding and hang gliding. Get in touch with the Keelung Aerosports Association to arrange a tandem jump or a full course in either sport. Dial (02) 2966-3414 for more information.
To get to Green Bay, take a bus or train to Keelung Train Station. Then take a bus bound for Chinshan. The trip takes about 20 minutes from Keelung Station.
When translated into English, Baishawan means White Sand Beach and that is exactly what you can expect from the 1,000-meter stretch of silky fine sand located on the northern coast of Taiwan between Linshanbi and Fugueijiao.
Baishawan is still relatively undeveloped, so don't expect to find a lot of refreshment stands or restaurants in the area. It's wise to pack your own umbrella, hats, and drinking water.
There's also a great hill behind the beach that is perfect for hang gliding, and the surrounding area boasts numerous volcanic rock formations and hiking trails for your pleasure.
Tongsiao Beach and Marine Life Park
Families will find plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied at Tongsiao Beach and Marine Life Park. The park, which is about 500 meters away from the Tongsiao Train Station in Miaoli County, is embraced by a beautiful forest and artificial lake. As a conservation area for mangroves, Tongsiao offers plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers.
There is also a large marine exhibition room, which boasts several varieties of oceanic life that are native to Taiwan's waters. For accommodations, consider renting one of the picturesque log cabins in the area or bring your camping gear and grab a spot on the extensive camping grounds.
Less than an hour from Taipei City by train, you'll find a hot spot for both beach lovers and surf aficionados at Fulong Beach in Gongliao Township. As a favorite summertime destination for residents in Northern Taiwan, Fulong Beach is known for its long golden sand beach, clear green water and mountain scenery. Trains run from Taipei to Fulong daily.
The most famous beach in Taiwan should need no introduction. Kenting, located on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, boasts warm tropical breezes and fine sand beaches. Add an 18,000 hectare national park and you've got Taiwan's most popular summer resort for a playground.
There is no shortage of things to do in Kenting. If you get tired of the beach, there are hiking trails, go-kart racetracks, seafood restaurants, KTV lounges, and bars all within walking distance of Kenting's beachfront resorts.
The Penghu Islands
Taiwan's outlying islands have beaches that are often overlooked for lack of a strong tourist trade. If you have the time or the patience to try navigating to some of Taiwan's outlying islands, you can't beat the beaches that belong to Taiwan's Penghu archipelago.
Finding a remote, beautiful beach to laze away the afternoon is as easy as taking a boat to any one of the islands and renting a scooter for the day. We promise, you'll find some sort of beach action within minutes of driving. There are beaches strewn all over the islands of Penghu, but the best ones for sunbathing are in the Northeast Sea Recreational Area on Jibei Island and Bikini Island (also known as Xianjiao Island).
Lu Dao, a tiny green island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan is famous for its towering green mountains and beautiful beaches. The boat ride is no picnic, but we promise, it's worth it. The best way to get around on Green Island is by scooter. The entire island can be circumnavigated in just over an hour.
Summer time is a grand time to be in Taiwan, and these beaches are just a few of what's on offer here. Where do you have your fun in the sun? We'd love to hear about it!
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Carrie Kellenberger has kept a home base with her husband in Asia since 2003. She works as a full-time freelance writer, editor, and photographer in Taiwan. Carrie publishes several travel web sites, which focus on a number of travel-related topics that include everything from destinations and vacation ideas to travel accommodations and travel photography. Her most popular web site, My Several Worlds, focuses on Asian destinations, cultures, and lifestyles. For more information on beaches in Asia, visit her Best Beaches in Asia web site.
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