Beaches in Taiwan

Not many people consider Taiwan as a “go-to” place for its beaches and sunlight. This is completely understandable due to the crazy climate and seasons. For most of the year, the people on the lone island experience 100-inch per year rains, chilling autumn and winter seasons, and the occasional typhoon which frequents the coast between July and September. The only guaranteed beach-weather moments are between June and July.

Don't get me wrong here; this is a fantastic country with so much to offer. People come to visit Taiwan for its cultural sites and historical value, but what they often forget is this country has some of the best natural tourism spots. Taiwan has several breathtakingly beautiful beaches and lovely towns along the coastlines.

Fulong Beach (福隆海水浴場)

Hohaiyan Rock Concert at Fulong Beach — by Event Carnival
Hohaiyan Rock Concert at Fulong Beach — by Event Carnival

Fulong Beach is an endless stretch of golden-brown sand located in New Taipei. Most of the area is free to access, but there is a separate part on the beach with showers and changing rooms open to anyone who's willing to pay. However, this doesn't mean that free-access zones are any worse. The public beach is clean and has beautiful pathways through dunes and grassy spots.

This beach is also host to two annual events: Hohaiyan Rock Festival and a Sand Sculpting Festival. The Hohaiyan Rock Festival is a music concert featuring local musicians from around the country that perform music covers or their own original pieces. This festival lasts for three days in July (usually starting on the third Friday of the month).

10 year anniversary for the Fulong Beach Sand Sculpting Championship — by Travelrich
10 year anniversary for the Fulong Beach Sand Sculpting Championship — by Travelrich

The Sand Sculpting Festival attracts huge crowds from small towns and large cities to take part in the art of creating beautiful pieces of art using the beach's sand. Last year (2017) marked the 10th anniversary of the festival, and visitors from around the globe were invited to check out the artistry of famed sand-sculptors from around the island.

Baisha Bay (白沙灣)

Overlooking Baisha Bay in Taipei — by Guide to Taipei
Overlooking Baisha Bay in Taipei — by Guide to Taipei

Baisha Bay is located north of Taipei. If you're looking for a non-crowded, white sand beach to relax in, the Baisha Bay is definitely the place to go to. This bay is often promoted as a paradise for trendy water sports and you're free to surf, swim and ski jet. The beach also has a smooth path for people to ride their bikes, rest, oversee the beach and all the water activities from afar, or you can take the path to visit the many landmarks along the coast.There are umbrellas, tents and floating devices for rent at Baisha Bay. You'll also need to pay a fee for showers (NT$20 for cold showers and NT$40 for hot ones).

Baisha Bay in Taipei is regarded as one of the country's best relaxation spots, so if you want to visit a beach for its exciting nighttime parties and festivals, then Baisha Bay is not for you. However, if you're looking to take the edge off without and not run into too many people then the semi-seclusion of Baisha Bay is definitely the spot to be in.

Kenting Beach (墾丁海水浴場)

Kenting Beach is the main beach to visit in the southern-most tip of Taiwan. There are several hotels and resorts, restaurants, and stores nearby so you picking up supplies before heading to the beach is extremely convenient. This beach is just one of several found in Kenting National Park located in Pingtung County.

A view of Kenting Beach from the hills — by Brian's Taiwan
A view of Kenting Beach from the hills — by Brian's Taiwan

The park has become the country's representative for tropical getaways. Not only is Kenting National Park the first-ever national park in the country, but it is home to many of Taiwan's most significant tourism spots. Kenting Beach is a long white sand beach next to a beach which descends 50 meters deep, perfect dept for snorkeling. The sandy, white beach and mesmerizing-blue ocean is the perfect attraction for anybody who wants to build sand castles, swim in the ocean, or just relax.