Think of Singapore and you don’t necessarily think of beach holidays but the fact is, Singapore has got some really excellent beaches within very easy reach of the city. So next time you find yourself in this scintillating City, take a few days out and get down to one of them. As with everything in Singapore they are spotlessly clean and well kept. Here are some of the Singapore’s best beaches, to whet your appetite. They don’t rival the amazing beaches of Thailand or Vietnam, but they are certainly worth checking out.
Singapore’s best beaches are situated in two main areas:
Sentosa Island: This is a full-on tourism area in which there are roller coasters, indoor skydiving, bird parks and beaches.
Singapore main island: Favoured by the locals experience and not as good for swimming, these are popular for cycling, good food and camping.
On Sentosa Island there are three of Singapore’s Best Beaches.
Sentosa Island can be reached from the city by either crossing a short causeway, taking the cable car ride or catching the Sentosa Monorail. The island has 14 hotels, two golf courses and a theme park. The Universal Studios Singapore.
This is the busiest beach on the island and is typical of a Southeast Asian beach in many ways. Clean blue water and golden sand, Palm tress and beach bars. This is a great swimming beach and has little stalls and shops selling the usual jewellery and sunglasses. The beach is just over a mile in length.
This is the quietest beach on the island and it is normally possibly to find a quiet spot to relax in peace. There are just a few bars and restaurants and not a lot else here. You may, if you wish, cross a small bridge to another smaller island, on which it is possible to find a quiet shaded spot to chill-out.
Almost as quiet as Palawan, it is a broad sweep of golden sand again fringed with the ubiquitous palm trees. It is here, three times per year, that Singapore hosts its “Full Moon Parties”. Not by any stretch as wild or popular as the famous Koh Pha Ngan, raves in Thailand, they are none the less very popular.
The main island has a further 6 of Singapore’s Best Beaches
This beach / park beach is well known and well patronised by locals. It is a 70 acre area located to the north. It is one of the oldest coastal park areas in the country and has managed to hang on to its Kampung (village) atmosphere of 50 years ago. Locals come here to fish, enjoy a picnic, take in the sunset watch the planes landing at Singapore International Airport.
East Coast Park Beach
This is found at the Southeastern coast of, and is the busiest of all the beaches on the main island. This gets very busy at the weekends, but if you can manage to get out here during the week, you’ll find it to be tranquil and quiet. Renown for its seafood, it is also one of Singapore’s best beaches for camping, though you will need to get a permit.
Pasir Ris Park Beach
This manmade beach open to the public in 1989, at 4 miles long it is one of the largest in Singapore. There is a 15 acre mangrove forest within the park. There is a bird watching tower from which you will be able to spot Blue Eared Kingfishers, Milky Storks and Buffy Fish Owls among others. This is a popular place for cycling and barbecues. It can be reached by taking Singapore’s MRT.
Sembawang Park Beach
This is one of Singapore’s largest park areas, covering almost 40 acres. The jetty here was built during the War. The British started it in the 1940s, then abandoned it to the Japanese who complete the construction. This is one of the very few natural beaches still left
To the north east of Singapore this was the site of a terrible massacre in World War II. 400 Chinese civilians were butchered here by the Japanese as part of the Sook Ching Massacre. The area has undergone extensive redevelopment in recent years and has re-invented itself as an area well known for excellent seafood. Young locals come here at the weekends to catch small fish, crabs and shellfish.
West Coast Park
This themed park runs parallel to the West Coast Highway and is large, covering some 125 acres. It is basically a large play park split into three main parts each of which caters to a different age group. Activities include climbing ropes, barbecue pits, cycling, camping and of course sand. There is a fenced of area where dog owners can let their dogs of the leash, the only freely available one in the Singapore.
So whilst it’s not known for seaside resorts, if you find yourself here and wish to get away for a few days, Singapore’s best beaches are worth a visit.. Let us know your experiences.