Considering Singapore is an island, it boasts surprisingly few attractive beaches, especially compared to its neighbours Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia – all famed for their long sandy white coastlines.
Despite this, Singaporeans still flock to Sentosa at weekends to hang out on the three man-made beaches that line its southern coast. Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong beaches are home to several bars, restaurants, shops, hotels and tourist attractions and are popular with locals and visitors alike. If you can ignore the long line of container ships queuing just off-shore to enter the world’s busiest container port, then these beaches make a pleasant place to kick back in for the odd afternoon.
Beach-sport lovers should head along to Siloso Beach on a Saturday or Sunday to join in with a game of beach volleyball; adventure enthusiasts can jump on the Mega Zip, Asia’s most extreme zip line at 75m high and 450m long; while kids will love the Luge and Skyride.
Party animals should head along to Café del Mar for a few sun-soaked cocktails to the thumping sounds of the local DJs, while those looking for a quieter sunset experience should wander a little further to Coastes.
To escape the crowds, head along to Tanjong beach at the Eastern end of the island – except on a Sunday afternoon when the Tanjong Beach Club comes alive with bikini-clad revellers who come to drink, dance and forget that tomorrow is actually Monday…
To get to the Sentosa beaches, take the MRT to Harbourfront, then take the monorail from Vivocity shopping mall to Sentosa Beach Station. Free beach trams run the length of the beaches if your weary legs won’t carry you that far.