Best 10 Singapore Beaches

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Despite its reputation as a bustling metropolis, Singapore has plenty to offer beachgoers. And whilst its waters may not be as pristine, or its sand as white as neighbouring countries there are plenty of great beaches in Singapore that offer a respite from the hustle and bustle. Add to this year-round summer weather and some great amenities on and off the beach and there's no reason why you can't spend the day lounging on one of the city island's beaches.

Most people would agree that Sentosa Island is home to Singapore’s best beaches, with its beautiful white sand, crystal clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. It is a great place to spend the day relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the sun. Beach bars, restaurants, and water sports provide plenty of entertainment, while the nearby Universal Studios theme park provides a great day out for families.

There are other options, and the East Coast Park is another great beach in Singapore. Stretching for 15 kilometers you wouldn't know it was entirely manmade with its backdrop of palm trees and parkland. Visit outside of the summer holidays and you'll have plenty of space...

The Best Singapore Beaches...

  • 1. Palawan Beach // Sentosa

    Palawan Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Palawan Beach is one of several long and broad sand beaches located on the southwest side of Sentosa Island, a short drive or cable car ride from downtown Singapore. It is generally considered the most child and family-friendly.

    It is named after Palawan Island. Connected to Palawan beach by a chain-link suspension bridge, the island is said to be the southernmost point of continental Asia. Palawan Beach is shaped like an… read more »

  • 2. East Coast Beach

    East Coast Beach
    © Paer Svensson
    Great for:
    • Fishing
    • Swimming

    Created from land reclaimed from the Strait of Singapore, East Coast Beach Park is located on the southern shores of the island. Although entirely man-made, there's nothing artificial about the beauty of this stretch of light, soft sand, which runs for a total length of 15 kilometres.

    It is backed by East Coast Park, which at 460 acres in size is the largest and most-visited park anywhere in Singapore. It receives… read more »

  • 3. Pulau Ubin

    Pulau Ubin
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    A popular weekend getaway from Singapore, Pulau Ubin Beach is a ten minute "bumboat" ride away from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. For just a few dollars visitors get to enjoy small yet tranquil areas of golden sand, complete with natural shade from the overhanging leaves of coconut palms and other forms of native flora.

    The island is one of just two remaining traditional kampungs (villages) in Singapore. Entirely free of motor… read more »

  • 4. Siloso Beach // Sentosa

    Siloso Beach
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Siloso Beach is approximately 30 minutes travelling time from central Singapore, and is located on the southwest shore of Sentosa Island. The furthest north of three main beaches on this section of coastline, it is also considered the trendiest. Its choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs makes it particularly popular with those in the twenties and thirties.

    Entirely man-made with sand imported from Australia, Siloso Beach is made up of several… read more »

  • 5. Tanjong Beach // Sentosa

    Tanjong Beach
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Situated just west of the southernmost tip of Singapore's Sentosa Island, Tanjong Beach is formed from two linked coves boasting broad expanses of (imported) sand and warm lagoon-like shallows sheltered by an offshore island.

    Backed by Sentosa Golf Course, it is one of the most tranquil beaches on the island. Romantic walks can be enjoyed along the various promenades, while sunsets are particularly popular. Large areas of free sand provide ample… read more »

  • 6. Kusu Island

    Kusu Island
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Kusu Island demonstrates another side to Singapore's reputation as a place of long working hours and gleaming skyscrapers. Meaning ‘tortoise' in Chinese, the island is said to have got its name after two local fishermen were saved from drowning by a giant tortoise.

    Located 5.6 kilometres south of Singapore's main island and the theme parks of Sentosa, its beach is reached via ferries departing from Marina South Pier. They take around… read more »

  • 7. St John's Island Beach

    St John's Island Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Lying on the largest of Singapore's Southern Islands chain, St John's Island Beach is a curving arc of sand in a small bay just a few tens of metres long. A narrow ribbon at high tide, the grasses backing it provide the space needed for sunbathing, while palms and other trees give natural shade from the subtropical sun.

    Its sands give splendid views back across to the Singapore skyline, while its… read more »

  • 8. Changi Beach

    Changi Beach

    Changi Beach lies at the eastern extreme of Singapore's main island. Its sands stretch for more than three kilometres in length, much of which is encompassed by Changi Beach Park. Seventy acres in area, the recently-upgraded park manages to maintain much of the authentic kampung village feel of old Singapore while providing facilities which include a cycle way.

    Bicycles can be rented for anyone wanting to explore on two wheels. The… read more »

  • 9. Punggol Beach

    Punggol Beach
    Great for:
    • Fishing

    A National Heritage Site due to a wartime history most would probably like to forget, Punggol Beach is located on Singapore's northern shores. Quieter than many of the nation's other beaches, it faces out towards the island of Pulau Ubin and the Straits of Johor, which separate Singapore from Malaysia.

    Backed by verdant foliage dissected by a raised stepped promenade, its soft pale sands have a tropical vibe. They… read more »

  • 10. Pasir Ris Beach

    Pasir Ris Beach
    Great for:
    • Fishing

    Although it takes its name from the Malay words for "narrow beach", you'll find more than enough sand to entertain you at Pasir Ris. Located on the northeast coastline of Singapore, facing towards the island of Pulau Ubin, it stretches out for around six kilometres and is surrounded by parkland with a wealth of facilities and activities.

    These include a well-maintained children's playground, cycle track and the option of pony rides.… read more »