Hong Kong may be dotted with sweeping skyscrapers, but it's also home to secluded coves and pristine beaches. Perfect for a weekend beach break, sun worshippers and families can easily detach themselves from busy city life and enjoy a few relaxing days without burning a hole in their pockets. We've picked out the top Hong Kong Island beaches to visit for sun, sand and surf.
Shek O Beach is perhaps the most popular beach located on Hong Kong Island. Easily accessible by bus, the beach has a stretch of golden sand that feels silky smooth and powdery under your feet. Cococabana, a beachside Mediterranean restaurant owned by French-native Jean Paul Gaucia, offers a great pit stop for some shade and shelter if you’re feeling a little too hot. BBQ pits are also available nearby to gather friends for a sunset party.
A short walk from here you'll find Big Wave Bay, where surfers get into the blue and conquer the waves. Overlooking the scenic landscape of Shek O Country Park, this beach destination offers a pleasant chill-out spot after hiking at the Dragon’s Back.
Tai Long Wan, located in Sai Kung, offers a perfect slice of paradise. The easiest way to reach this beach is by foot, where you need to hike approximately three hours one way, depending on your speed. After that strenuous hike, you’ll be floored by the jaw-dropping views that await you. But if you want to skip the long hike and just bask in the sun, there's also the option of taking a water taxi. Be sure to bring some snacks with you as there is only one cafe to satisfy your hunger pangs here. The only downside to this beach is that there are no shower facilities or changing rooms, but you may want to consider renting a tent and staying overnight to catch the beautiful sunrise.
Stanley Main Beach is a great option for water sports lovers. Located south of Hong Kong Island, this is where dragon boaters train and gather for the annual fun-filled sporting event, the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships. Taking place on 2nd June in 2014, nothing is more exciting than watching enthusiastic paddlers race for gold. Windsurf and kayak rentals are also available here if you want to polish up or practice your technique.
For those who want a beach that’s a little less crowded, take time to explore the secluded South Bay - but as the sun sets, watch the beach transform into a party destination that's almost reminiscent of Ibiza. Head to rooftop South Bay Club for your favourite cocktail and enjoy a great night out with friends. Alternatively, if you're after something a little less riotous, the long sandy Cheung Sha Wan in Lantau Island is a good bet.
Written by Apple Mandy
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About the author: AppleApple Mandy
Apple Mandy started her career as a journalist covering a wide variety of topics including fashion, music, health, arts and travel. Having worked in Shanghai as a Food Writer, she later moved to Hong Kong to manage some magazines. Gripped by a ranging passion for all things food related, she continues to eat her way around town and drink in the city's gastronomic trends. When not interviewing, researching or writing, you'll find her dragon boating or windsurfing on the shores of Stanley or Cheung Chau, respectively.