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8 essential beaches in Singapore

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8 essential beaches in Singapore

Sitting 85 miles north of the Equator, is the island nation of Singapore. The tropical climate means year-round beach days are guaranteed, although be mindful of the winter monsoon season.

Despite its proximity to world-class beach destinations such as Thailand and Indonesia, Singapore’s own beachy shores are sometimes overlooked. Tourists, often transiting further afield, flock to Singapore’s headliners such as Gardens By The Bay and Singapore Zoo.  However, with a charm of their own, Singapore’s beaches are definitely worth a visit.  You’ll find everything from man-made stretches of white powder sand with oil tankers lurking in the distance, to secluded spots on one of Singapore’s smaller islands. 

Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Best beach for a party

Tanjong Beach is known as Singapore’s party beach © Nicola Burke

Located just off Singapore’s southern coast, Sentosa Island is home to three of Singapore’s best beaches. These are artificial beaches on reclaimed land, using sand brought in from Indonesia and Malaysia.

If you’re seeking swaying palm trees and tropical vibes, Tanjong is where it’s at. With its sheltered waters, this big stretch of beach is a favorite for families and dog owners alike.  The crowning glory is Tanjong Beach Club, which serves up delicious bites with tropical beats. At the weekend, the venue gets livelier as the day wears on.

Lazarus Beach, Lazarus Island

Best beach for swimming

clear blue sea surrounding the island
Lazarus Island, Singapore ©Jordan Tan/Shutterstock

Eight small islands make up the ‘Southern Islands of Singapore’ and include Lazarus Island. Due to its relative inaccessibility, this makes Lazarus Beach one of the nicest in Singapore.  To get to the island, take a scheduled ferry from Marina South Pier to St. John’s Island.  Lazarus Island is joined to St. John’s via a 100-meter paved causeway.   Alternatively, go the decadent route and hire a private yacht, many of whom you’ll spot anchored in the lagoon on the weekend.

Considered one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets, you may have the beach all to yourself on weekdays. Note there are no stores on the island which means you need to bring your own supplies.

Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Best beach for a hotel stay

Family on Siloso Beach
Siloso Beach at Sentosa island resort in Singapore. ©Roman Babakin/Shutterstock

Despite the number of beaches, Singapore has only one beachfront resort and that is the luxurious Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa. Whilst anyone can access Siloso Beach, the Shangri-La has roped off the western part for itself. Here you’ll find a lovely lagoon equipped with water sports and beach activities. If you’re looking for an adventurous way to arrive, check out the Mega Zip, a 450m long zip line. Take the thrilling ride from the forest of Mount Imbiah and land on Siloso Beach. 

A short walk from the hotel is Trapizza, an excellent spot for Italian food. Neighboring Trapizza is Nestopia, a unique open-air play space with netted obstacle courses and giant slides.

Punggol Beach and Coney Island

Best beach off the beaten track

A palm tree on an empty sandy beach with the ocean in the background
Punggol Beach is the best quiet beach in Singapore © Nicola Burke

In the north of Singapore, waving distance from Malaysia, you’ll find Punggol Beach. An important site historically, this was where the Sook Ching Massacre of 1942 took place. Now it’s a relatively deserted beach, made all the more mesmerizing for its black boulders.  Combine Punggol with a trip to Coney Island, a 100 hectare Singapore national park.  Hire a bike near Punggol Jetty and cycle 15 minutes to Coney island where bike trails and secluded beaches abound. 

If you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Punggol Settlement, a nearby collection of F&B outlets including House Of Seafood.

Palawan Beach, Sentosa

Best beach for families

Children sit on a tree branch on Palawan beach with Palawan Island in the background
Palawan Beach is our top choice for families ©David Nelson/Lonely Planet

This calm stretch of water sits between Sentosa’s Siloso and Tanjong Beach.  Kids will love Palawan as it is home to HydroDash, Singapore’s floating aqua park.  HydroDash welcomes those age 5 and up but reserve in advance if you’re visiting on the weekend.

Elsewhere on Palawan, geography buffs may be intrigued by the suspension bridge which leads you to the ‘Southernmost point of Continental Asia’. Two viewing towers offer endless views of the South China Sea. For eats, head to FOC Sentosa. This restaurant is inspired by Barcelona’s world-famous beach culture and you can enjoy paella and tapas overlooking the lagoon.

Changi Beach

Best beach for sunrise

Red, blue and purple sky of sunrise at changi beach
Sunrise on Changi Beach? Yes please. ©photography by spintheday/Getty Images

Changi Beach forms one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore.  With its location on the far east of Singapore, this is the perfect spot to catch a sunrise.

Despite being one of two remaining natural beaches, it is often overlooked in favor of East Coast Beach. The shoreline extends from Changi Pont to Changi Ferry Terminal. Located just in front of Changi Airport, aviation enthusiasts will love the vantage points for plane spotting. Alternatively, for those seeking a scenic stroll, head to the boardwalk in the western end of Changi Point.

Changi Village is another excellent spot for hawker fare. Alternatively, craft beer fans should head to the Little Island Brewery Co.

East Coach Beach

Best beach for activity

Stretching over 15km long, East Coast Park hosts man-made beaches built on reclaimed land.  From wakeboarding to windsurfing, it serves up beach with a side of activity. Popular with cyclists and rollerbladers, you’ll find many rental shops hiring out anything from tandem bikes to a pedal go-kart.

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East Coast Park is hugely popular with the locals so expect some crowded spots at the weekend.  If you dream of waking up and having the beach to yourself, there are camping and glamping sites.  Luxurious bell tents come with queen beds and fans.

There are many different eateries dotted throughout the Park, from chili crab at Jumbo Seafood to salads at PS Café.  The best is the local fare at East Coast Lagoon where you can devour satay and cereal prawns, washed down with Tiger Beer.

Pulau Ubin

Best beach for a day trip

 a photo of boardwalk along the Pulau Ubin island
Pulau Ubin island has beautiful sunny beaches for cycling or kayaking. ©AliB_Photography/Getty Images

A 15-minute boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal will bring you to the island sanctuary of Pulau Ubin. Home to Singapore’s last village and the Chek Jawa Wetlands, this is the perfect escape from the Singapore mainland.  Hire a bicycle and set off at your own place to explore the 1020 hectare island.  Chek Jawa is one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems.  Check out the tide table in advance so you can plan to arrive at low tide and admire the sea life.

Mamam Beach is currently the only official beach open on Pulau Ubin. This is also a popular campsite with basic facilities. Ubin town is home to a handful of casual restaurants, including Season Live Seafood.

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Source : Lonelyplanet

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