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Sizzling spots: 10 must-visit Hong Kong beaches

Hong Kong is full of top-notch beaches near the coastal areas. 

Hong Kong is relatively small in area, but it has no lack of top-quality beaches that fringe the coastal areas of the city. Balmy sun and aquatic fun make up the harmonious symphony that Hong Kong summers are known for, and the best way to beat the heat is to dive straight into the beautiful beaches for swimming and water sports. Hong Kong has no shortage of beautiful beaches, but 10 of them stand above the rest, ranging from popular choices, perfect family beaches to hidden beaches with magnificent views.

All-time favourites

The sandy shores of these seaside spots are perennially popular with travellers and locals alike.

Cheung Sha Beach: the longest beach in Hong Kong

Located on the southern coastline of Lantau Island, Cheung Sha Beach consistently ranks among the best beaches in Hong Kong for its pristine and crystal-clear waters. There are two sections of Cheung Sha Beach to choose from — Lower and Upper Cheung Sha Beach — but with three kilometres of golden sand available, you’ll never run out of space. Take a stroll along one of the city’s cleanest beaches. Feeling peckish? Satisfy your appetite between dips in the ocean at a variety of beachside restaurants.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families
  • How to get there: from MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, take bus 11, 11A or 23 at Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus. It’s about a 20-minute ride from Tung Chung

Shek O Beach: backyard of Hong Kong Island

Hidden in the serene Shek O Village on the southern part of Hong Kong Island, Shek O Beach is regarded as the backyard of the island. It attracts a large number of people in search of white sand beaches every weekend. The water quality at Shek O Beach has often been rated “good”, making it a popular choice for a splash in summer. Similar to other public beaches in Hong Kong, Shek O beach offers all of the essential amenities — changing rooms, showers, toilets and barbeque pits. Visit the famous Blue Bridge, also known as the ‘Lover’s Bridge’, which is near Shek O Village.

  • Ideal for: sightseers and swimmers

  • How to get there: from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station A3, take bus 9 to Shek O Bus Terminus

Big Wave Bay: strong waves and ancient rock carvings

If the name didn’t give it away, this popular beach on the eastern tip of Hong Kong Island is best known for its large waves that roll in from the Tathong Channel.  Enjoy the ocean views as you lie on a mat in the soft, golden sand, while green hills roll by on one side and blue oceans spread out in the distance. Big Wave Beach is also the site of a prehistoric rock carving, a declared monument with interesting geometric patterns. At the end of your day, pop into Shek O village to indulge in fresh seafood dishes for a post-beach meal.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families
  • How to get there: from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, take bus 9 to the Big Wave Bay Road stop 

Clear Water Bay Second Beach: crystal-clear water with silky sand

This beach is located on the east shore of Clear Water Bay Peninsula in Sai Kung and has been consistently rated as “good” because of its great water quality. The charming bay is crowded with junk boats in the summer, but swimmers and beachgoers need not worry — there is plenty of room to splash around. Second Beach’s temperate waters have long been praised for being clean and clear, and besides the usual public facilities — showers, kiosks, bathrooms, and changing rooms. Take a 15-minute walk through the footpath that connects Second Beach’s smaller counterpart, First Beach, and enjoy the views. You can also pair your beach visit with a hike; Clear Water Bay Country Park is just around the corner.

  • Ideal for: sightseers and swimmers

  • How to get there: take bus 91 from MTR Choi Hung Station, get off at Clear Water Bay First Beach stop or Clear Water Bay Bus Terminus

Family-friendly getaways

As prime day trip destinations for families with little (or big) kids, these beaches are convenient, easily accessible, and have ample public facilities.

Repulse Bay Beach: romantic breaks by the sea

Situated on the south part of Hong Kong Island, Repulse Bay Beach is just a half-hour drive from the city centre. Its beautiful scenery has made many literary figures swoon over the years. Repulse Bay Beach provides generous space, picture-perfect views, and a wealth of amenities. The beach is surrounded by mountains dotted with high-rise residential buildings. It’s one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches at 292 m, so you won’t have to compete for space with other day-trippers. There is a large shopping centre with diverse restaurants, lifestyle shops, and even a private members’ club for families with little ones. Clean public bathrooms and snack kiosks are a given, and children have plenty of space to romp around and splash in the sea.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families

  • How to get there: from Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay, take minibus 40 or 40X to the Repulse Bay Beach bus stop

Stanley Main Beach: everything you need for a beach day

Located on the south of Hong Kong Island, Stanley Main Beach is renowned for its captivating seaside views paired with exquisite architecture along the coast. Known for its laid-back community of street markets, seaside restaurants and cafes, outdoor adventures, and hikes through lush wilderness, Stanley is a favourite among visitors and locals. The beach is easily accessible, and you’ll find barbecue pits, showers, and kiosks serving refreshments. Stop by Stanley Market for an abundance of dining and leisure options, and visit Murray House for the stunning historical architectures. The beach is also the location of one of Hong Kong’s annual Dragon Boat Championships, where colourful watercrafts are paddled to the beat of a drum by a rowing crew.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families
  • How to get there: take bus 6, 6x or 260 from MTR Central Station Exit A to Stanley Village Bus Terminus

Golden Beach: a destination for all ages

This long stretch of sand is frequented by families for good reason. Conveniently located near Gold Coast Hotel in So Kwun Wat, a coastal area in the western New Territories, Golden Beach offers ample space and fun adventures for kids. The lush tropical trees surrounding the shore create an authentic vacation vibe, making it hard to believe that this is the first man-made beach in Hong Kong. Aside from the artificial sand, Golden Beach has a decent array of amenities, including beachfront tuck shops, changing rooms, volleyball courts, and more. Hungry? A full range of restaurants, along with a resort hotel and a shopping mall, are just a stone’s throw away.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families

  • How to get there: take bus K51 from MTR Tuen Mun Station Exit C2, get off at Golden Beach stop or Hong Kong Gold Coast stop

Hidden gems

For visitors looking to escape the crowds, these low-key beaches across Hong Kong are great options.

Hap Mun Bay Beach: a perfect crescent bay

Tucked away on the southern side of Sharp Island in the Sai Kung Peninsula, Hap Mun Bay Beach is also known as ‘Half Moon Bay’ for its perfect crescent shape. The beach’s alluring beauty, flawless white sand shores and consistently high water quality make it a bucket list destination. Because of the lagoon’s remote location, basic facilities are scarce, so do plan ahead and bring your own supplies.

  • Ideal for: sightseers and swimmers 
  • How to get there: boats are the only way to get there. Take the kaito ferry to Sharp Island at the Sai Kung New Public Pier

Pui O Beach: a mixture of black and white sand

On Lantau Island’s southern coast lies Pui O Beach, a beautiful hidden gem of Hong Kong. Featuring an exquisite stretch of black and white sand, Pui O Beach offers one of Hong Kong’s most scenic swims. In comparison to Chang Sha Beach, Pui O Beach has smaller and calmer waves. The serene shoreline is also an ideal place for parents to spend an afternoon with their little ones in nature.

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and families

  • How to get there: take a ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take bus 1, 2, 3M or 4 to Lo Uk Tsuen stop

Lido Beach: captivating views under the bridges

Lido Beach is located on the western side of Ting Kau Bridge. The soft sand and picturesque views, particularly those of the gorgeous sunset, make up for the size of this compact 200-metre beach. A lesser-known stretch in the Ting Kau area boasts two public volleyball courts — perfect for a scrimmage session under the shadow of Tsing Ma Bridge, which looms over the sandy bay in all its architectural glory. Beach bums will find all the amenities that they need, including showers, changing facilities, and even a tuck shop selling all sorts of snacks. 

  • Ideal for: sightseers, swimmers and sunset lovers

  • How to get there: take bus 53, 234B, 234S from MTR Tsuen Wan West Station to Lido Beach stop

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