Singapore is an island, so it must have many beautiful beaches, right? It might surprise you when visiting beaches in Singapore- most of them are being man-made!
One of the most prominent beaches in Singapore, Palawan Beach is well-known for its Pirates of the Caribbean-style suspension bridge linking to a small island which you can walk or even swim across to. Located in the centre of the southern tip of Sentosa, Palawan Beach has fine white sand, palm trees and a few lively beach bars to keep you refreshed from mid-morning to late evening. Once on Sentosa, you can take the shuttle bus around the island to the beach, or walk.
This is arguably Singapore’s best beach for relaxing in the daytime, thanks to its slightly more secluded position on the south coast of Sentosa. This crescent-shaped hideout has shallow warm waters, fine white sand and tropical palm trees – all the essential ingredients to make for a perfect beach and help you forget it’s not actually natural. Tanjong Beach is also well-known for its parties, thrown at the popular Tanjong Beach Club, which generally happen about twice a month at night. However, this bar usually provides more relaxed vibes in the day time, with its swimming pool, sun-loungers and extensive menu of drinks.
Want to skip Sentosa altogether but still want a taste of the white stuff? Then your best bet would be head to Changi Beach on the east coast of Singapore. More leisure park than tropical paradise, this 28-hectare area is home to a long, narrow strip of sand and well-preserved running and cycling lanes on the inside. The coastal park proves popular for fitness fanatics, families on the weekend, plane spotters (you can watch the planes landing at the nearby Changi Airport) and there are also facilities for camping and barbeques.
The seldom talked about Punggol Point Park in the north of Singapore is home to an even more seldom talked about beach – Punggol Beach. Although a little out of the way, this coastal park is well connected by Punggol MRT Station, with a shuttle bus making its way through to the modern development at the northern tip of the country. As well as a jetty, walking trails and ponds, you’ll also find a deserted beach (just follow the signposts in the park). The sand is fine and soft, but there is a collection of huge boulders in the middle that you can’t miss. A perfect place to escape the crowds, with some nice sunset views across to Malaysia to be had.
St John’s Island
Jump on a ferry from World Trade Centre (around S$15) to St John’s Island, one of Singapore’s most popular outer-lying islands (other than Sentosa, of course). There are a few decent beaches for swimming, changing rooms, toilets, picnic spots and shops. You can also rent a bungalow for a night on the island and make the most of the tranquillity when all the tourists go home.
Connected to St. John’s Island by a large concrete walkway, Lazarus Island is often said to be home to the most beautiful beach in Singapore. Most tourist and day-trippers don’t bother with it, however, as once they make it to St John’s Island via ferry, they usually set up for the day and don’t decide to explore. The short walk across to Lazarus will seem well worth it once you set eyes on the long stretch of unspoilt white sand, palm trees and a tropical jungle making up most of this tiny island.
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