One of the many, many reasons to love Taipei is that is really close some incredible beaches. This comes as no major surprise, since there is no point on this island nation of Taiwan that is more than 110 kilometers from the sea.
Below I’ve selected the six best beaches in Taipei. To be clear, none of them are in Taipei City, but they can all be accessed by car or public transportation in two hours or less from the city center. Most are located in New Taipei City, the sprawling city that surrounds Taipei City, or neighborhood Keelung City and Yilan County on the east coast of Taiwan.
While these beaches will never quite compete with the beaches of the Philippines or Thailand, Taiwan’s beaches are increasingly gaining the recognition they deserve. Any of them make for a great day trip from Taipei and offer a wide range of activities, as well as some great accommodations and dining. Splashing in the waves of the Pacific Ocean is the perfect way to cool down in Taiwan’s intense summer heat, but don’t forget about these beaches the rest of the year, when they are pleasantly crowd-free and it is often still warm enough to swim!
Taiwan Beaches – If you’re visiting Taiwan, of course the first thing you’re going to think about is the food. Taiwan is undoubtedly Asia’s culinary kitchen, with so many unique Taiwanese dishes that deserve notable mentions it’s almost impossible to compile a list of all of them. This front that Taiwan shows is 110% true and definitely it’s biggest gift to the world, however, it’s definitely not the only thing that Taiwan is capable of providing.
If you didn’t know already, this little island also hosts some of Asia’s most stunning beaches. Whether you’re the type to be drawn to pristine clean white-sand beaches with soft waves or golden sand beaches with crashing monster waves, you’ll find it all here on the island of Taiwan. The locals have long established a deep love for the ocean, and it’s because of this that at pretty much all major beaches, you’ll find plenty of activities to do, whether it’s sand castle building or water-based activities such as surfing, wind-surfing, snorkeling, and diving.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 beaches in Taiwan you should visit if some fun in the sun is what you’re after!
TAIWAN BEACHES #1 – FULONG BEACH
If you’re situated in Taipei, don’t worry, you won’t be missing out on sunshine and beaches! In fact, Fulong Beach, which is rated as one of the top beaches across Taiwan, is located just a short train ride away from the city centre!
This long gorgeous golden-sand strip of beach is a hotspot for many of those in the younger generation. There are some private areas that are sectioned off that can only be accessed with a small fee which will let you use the showers and change rooms – the smallest price to pay for a little bit of luxury.
There are many activities that can be done at this beach, such as hopping on a banana boat, jet skiing, and kayaking, but if you happen to be there during April, there is a massive national sand sculpture festival that you can view. The sculptures are some next level stuff – there’s plenty of intricate detailing to admire, you’ll be amazed by the creativity of it all.
Access: From Taipei Main Station, take any north-bound train (except the Keelung-bound train) and alight at Fulong Station.
Taiwan Beaches – Recommended Resort for Fulong Beach: Fullon Hotel Fulong
Generous-sized bedrooms, a massive luxurious pool, in-room spas, views that overlook the beach – what else could you want? The Fullon Hotel Fulong is everyone’s answer to the perfect beach resort. It’s got all the amenities that will make you not want to leave in the mornings and breathe a sigh of relief once you get back from your daily activities. Exceptional service from its staff member will truly make your stay memorable. You can look forward to the free Wi-Fi, the massive outdoor pool, relaxing spa, and fresh seafood dishes at the in-house Lotus Room restaurant.
Why Guests Love It: “Great spacious hotel with good rooms, dinner and breakfast and many family facilities. Loved the swimming pools, kids loved them too. Enough to do. You can choose activities as you please: cycling, canoeing, surfing, lying on the beach outdoors, playgrounds, virtual reality room, and great outdoor hot spring.”
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TAIWAN BEACHES #2 – BAISHAWAN BEACH
Literally translated to meaning ‘white-sand bay’, this gorgeous respite that’s an easy trip from Taipei City is where you’d go if you didn’t want to travel too far to splash in some water. If you’re after some fun in the sun, here, you are permitted to swim anytime from May until September, and possibly even partake in some surfing lessons too, which can be booked with CU Surf Paradise.
If you’re the type to just appreciate beach scenery but not necessarily get your feet wet, Baishawan Beach also has a coastal walk that extends to a few kilometres around the shoreline which you can leisurely stride through at your own pace. Towards the northern end of the beach, you will be able to shop around for some souvenirs, and grab some lunch at the cafes and restaurants sprinkled around the area.
Access: Take the MRT Red Line to Tamsui Station. After exiting, cross the street and board any bus from the following and alight at Baishawan: 622, 623, 1261, 1262, 1263.
Taiwan Beaches – Recommended Resort for Baishawan Beach: Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai Resort & Spa
This 4-star accommodation is one of the most luxurious resorts across Taiwan. Located only 12km away from Baishawan Beach, it’s close enough for easy access, and yet far enough in the mountains for the seclusion you’ve only ever dreamt about. Its impressive size and décor have wowed plenty of patrons in the past, and we have no doubt you’ll be stunned by its sheer grandeur the moment you lay your eyes on it.
Offering a stunning hot spring park, multiple water spa facilities, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, two in-house restaurants, private balconies across all rooms, a flat-screen TV and private bathrooms with bathtubs, luggage storage facilities and 24-hour front desk – this place is paradise in flesh.
Why Guests Love It: “Very impressive hot spring and spa resort. Large outdoor and many pools. Super good facilities for onsen and bath lovers. High variety to choose for buffet breakfast.”, “Everything about this resort was perfect. My wife wanted to visit hot springs in Taiwan so I chose this spot. Our Japanese style room came with a hot spring tub on the balcony.”, “The hot spring waterpark was wonderful, many different pools and therapeutic water activities. The room was beautiful and very luxurious.”
TAIWAN BEACHES #3 – LAOMEI BEACH
Laomei is definitely a destination for beach lovers, but not as you know it. Here, photography enthusiasts can rejoice as the stunning landscape of the troughs and trenches that are carved from volcanic rock which sit along the coastline provide one of the most stunning imageries of nature that anyone can hope to see. Between every April and May, green algae cover the landscape, making it even more spectacular to witness. They reach out into the sea, but there is a section between the rocks and the waters where a strip of sand provides an area to play on, however, it depends on the tides. Don’t expect to be basking under the sun here or participate in any particular water sports – it’s purely just a feast for your eyes.
Access: Head to Tamsui MRT Station, and then take any of the following bus’s and alight at Laomei Stop (老梅站): 862, 863, 892.
Taiwan Beaches – Recommended Resort for Laomei Beach: Chat Hot Spring Resort
Located only 13km away from Laomei Beach, the Chat Hot Spring Resort is the perfect accommodation for those who are after those lazy mornings and long afternoons stretching out the muscles in the hot tub. Its grand interior décor and secluded location will make it feel like you’re in a place far, far away, when in actual fact, it’s quite easy to reach from Taipei.
This place is the ultimate relaxation resort, with its encouragement of quiet and serene behavior. You can relax by the massive pool during the day and at night when its lit up, otherwise, indulge in the many hot spa rooms during any time of the day. The fresh mountain air will clear your mind and lighten your body, but of course, you can only really enjoy this once you’ve indulged in a wonderful meal, which you will surely experience at the on-site restaurant, which offers delectable Chinese cuisine and a daily breakfast (if requested).
Why Guests Love It: “Resort was clean, rooms airy, a good standard when room service was requested. Reception and dining room staff friendly and helpful.”, “Hot springs are beautiful!!!”, “The place is so relaxing!”, “The hot spring is very big and very clean, and it’s very comfortable to soak in. It is really convenient to have dinner on the first floor.”
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TAIWAN BEACHES #4 – KENTING BEACH
Kenting Beach (within the Kenting National Park) is southern Taiwan’s premier beach destination. It might even be the entire country’s number one beach spot, with its distinct similarities to paradise beach destinations of the likes similar to the ones in South-East Asia. Think warm tropical weather for most part of the year, soft white sand, and stunning blue water
Kenting Beach is the place you’d go to if you’re not sure whether you’re down for a full day of surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving, or you’re just ready to sunbake on the sand all day. This beach offers the full spectrum of activities that can entertain anyone from families with young kids to couples seeking an adventure.
Access: From Kaohsiung’s Zuoying Station, take the Kenting Express Bus from exit 3.
Taiwan Beaches – Recommended Resort at Kenting Beach – Chateau Beach Resort Kenting
Really, there’s no other resort quite as entertaining, convenient, and superb in quality as the Chateau Beach Resort Kenting. It’s a luxury beach accommodation that offers sweeping views of Dawan Beach, which is also located only 5-minutes away on foot. Stay here if you’re expecting to be wowed by access to gorgeous sandy beaches, free Wi-Fi, an onsite outdoor pool, a luxury spa, a well-equipped fitness room that overlooks the beach, and plenty of onsite food options. It’s also got a well-received kids club, so young families, here, you’ve got it all!
Why Guests Love It: “Great location with direct access to the beach and within walking distance to night market and various restaurants. Good breakfast also with western corner.”, “Location is great for accessing Kenting night market. Rooms are spacious and clean.”, “Amazing great reception! Great bus pick up from closest train station! Loads of vouchers are given upon check in! The place is amazing 5 stars through!
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