Beaches in Singapore

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Singapore beaches are well maintained, clean and environmentally "Green". Air polution is also low due to strict national regulations and the surrounding sea. At several of the beaches, you can spend an entire day of enjoyment. Swimming is, however, not recommended by locals at certain beaches, primarily Pasir Ris Beach in the north. Due to the numerous ships that pass the straits of Malacca, water quality is considered relatively poor in terms of clarity, although it is officially within both local and WHO guidelines for safety.

Mainland Beaches

East Coast Park: Situated on the south-eastern part of the island, East Coast Park is the largest and the most popular park in Singapore.

Themed "Recreation For All", this park offers a wide range of facilities - be it food, recreation, entertainment and sports - for the enjoyment of all, from the young to the old, for the outdoor, active types to the passive. Bowling alleys, golf driving range, holiday chalets, restaurants and hawker centre can all be found in this park.Come to the park during weekends, sit under the swaying coconut palms, Casuarinas and Ketapangs, and enjoy having your picnics with your families or friends. Sit back and let the cool sea breeze and the sounds of the waves ease your troubles away.

For those looking for action, there are water-sports - offered by the Sailing Club and the People's Association, cycling and in-line skating, rented by concessionaires at a low fee. In the evenings, bring your families and friends down for a barbecue. Besides recreation, this once-barren reclaimed land offers a diversity of both flora and fauna.

East Coast Park is currently (2009) undergoing upgrading works.  

Service 401 to East Coast Park Service Road (Sundays and Public Holidays only).
Services 16, 155, 196 to Marine Crescent or Marine Terrace and walk across the underpasses or overhead bridge.
Service 36 (from Changi International Airport) to City; alight at Carpark F3, outside Marine Parade
Services 16, 31, 36, 55, 76, 135, 155, 196, 197 and 853 to Marine Parade Road

Sembawang Park: Sembawang Park is a tranquil park with distinct blue dice design, situated in the north of Singapore facing Johore straits. Sembawang area is named after the Sembawang Tree (Mesua ferruginea), which can be found at the car park C1. Nature blends in with history and heritage of this calm and serene park, away from the bustle of the city. The park boasts a beautiful beach side, which is a popular fishing ground and one of the few remaining natural beaches of Singapore.

The park has interesting links to the naval history of Singapore; the Beaulieu House, the Sembawang jetty and the remains of the 1920s Seletar Pier still stand in the park, reflecting the past. The walkways inside the park are restored old pathways used during British occupation. The Sembawang Shipyard to the west of the park was a British Naval Base from 1938 to 1968. The park is also surrounded by other places of historical interest like the Admiralty House, Kampong Wak Hassan, Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang and Sembawang memorial.

People are drawn to the park on weekdays for jogging and taking a stroll. In the weekends, families and friends get together for barbequing, camping, fishing and swimming, bringing a festive ambience to the seaside of Sembawang Park.

From bus interchange at the Sembawang MRT, bus 882 loops at the Park every 20 minutes. Car parking is available at both the entrances (Sembawang Road and Tuah Road)

West Coast Park: Take services 176 and alight directly in front of West Coast Park. You can also take services 30, 51, and 143, alight in front of Clementi Woods Park (West Coast Road) and take a 5 minutes walk through West Coast Link to West Coast Park Area 3 (near to the Adventure Playground). Service 175 from Clementi Interchange also stops along West Coast highway parallel to West Coast Park.

Changi Beach: One of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore, this place brings back memories for Singaporeans who frequented this area in the sixties and seventies. Approximately 3.3km long, this linear park has stretches of pristine white beaches dotted with coconut palms, BBQ pits, park benches and shelters.

The Kampong ambience has been carefully retained while a jogging track and other amenities were added. Visitors can jog or cycle along the winding tracks from Changi Point to Changi Ferry Terminal.

This is the place where families can gather over the weekends for swimming, picnics and barbecues. Sitting by the beach, you can look out to the sea overlooking Pulau Ubin, enjoy gentle sea breeze, the sways of the coconut palms and listen to the waves rolling onto the white sandy beach.

Changi Beach Park is served by SBS Transit bus services 9, 19 and 89 at several bus stops along its length. By taking these buses, visitors can alight along Nicoll Drive. Visitors can also take bus services 2, 29, 59 and 109 to Changi Village and 5 minutes of walk across the pedestrian footbridge to the park. Visitors can also alight at Changi Village Bus Terminal located near Changi Beach Park.

Tip: While there, try the famous Nasi lemak, coconut rice served with fried fish at food centre stall 53 or 54 -- but be prepared to wait.

Pasir Ris Beach: The nearest Train station is Pasir Ris Station. From the station, you may take SBS 403 from Pasir Ris bus interchange and alight at the stop after the round about.

Alternatively you may take a 10-15 minutes walk into the park into Area 2 via the entrance located at the traffic stop opposite the bus interchange.

Offshore Island Beaches

Sentosa Beach: Beside the sandy white beaches are many man-made attractions, such as pedal cars, aqua-bikes, and fun bugs, and beach activities like canoeing, windsurfing, and swimming. Fascinating flora and fauna abound. You can also enjoy historical enclaves, adventure theme parks, and golf. With several five-star hotels, Sentosa Beach offers romantic dining under the stars and nighttime entertainment including a musical fountain, a night market, and the Enchanted Grove of Tembusu. Sentosa has everything a visitor could desire in a holiday venue.

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