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Lover's Bridge, Danshui | © Melonfly / Wikimedia
Lover's Bridge, Danshui | © Melonfly / Wikimedia
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The Best Seaside Towns to Visit in Taiwan

Picture of Ciaran McEneaney
Updated: 16 January 2017
Taiwan is home to some amazing and varied beaches. From lively seaside towns with perfectly groomed white sands to remote, beautiful beaches and sand sculpting competitions, they all have something different to offer. Here are four of the best.
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Kenting

Join the beachside bustle on Kenting Main Street | © David Veksler / Flickr

Join the beachside bustle on Kenting Main Street | © David Veksler / Flickr

Probably the most popular seaside town in the country, Kenting is fully devoted to the beach life 365 days a year. The town itself is full of market stalls, restaurants, bars, and guesthouses while there are also a few high-end hotels. The beach is fine white sand and kept in wonderful condition throughout the year.

As part of Kenting National Park, the town is an ideal base for exploring the many sights of the area such as Maobitou, the southernmost tip of Taiwan. The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) is also just a short drive from the town and is a great place to spend a day.

Kenting National Park, Taiwan

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Fulong

A short train ride from the many sights of Taipei City lie the pristine sands of Fulong Beach. Officially classified as a village, this seaside community is one of the most popular with younger Taiwanese due to the annual Rock Music and Sand Sculpting festivals which take place on the beach.

The beach is split into public (free) and private (paid) sections both of which are beautifully maintained. The village is host to a variety of dining options, a few bars, campsites, and of course, guesthouses aplenty.

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Sanzhi

Known as “the resort town that never was” Sanzhi is a coastal district in northern Taiwan which was once home to a now abandoned futuristic pod resort. These days the town boasts easy access to both Qianshuiwan Coastal Park and Baishawan Beach. Although the town itself isn’t quite a beach town, it is a great base for visiting the white sands of Baishawan or the ATV beach track at Qianshuiwan.

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Danshui

Danshui sunset | © Dmcdevit / Wikimedia

Danshui sunset | © Dmcdevit / Wikimedia

The small coastal town of Danshui lies to the northwest of Taipei city at the end of the MRT’s Red line. This ever popular day trip destination features many historic sites such as Fort San Domingo and Danshui Old Street.

Dotted with traditional shops and stalls, the pedestrian street of this seaside town offers everything from Taiwanese sausage on a stick to locally made crafts and wooden toys. There is also a beach to the north of the town just past Fisherman’s Wharf, but although the flat sands are perfect for beach games, the water is dangerous and local authorities warn visitors to stay on the sands.