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The Best Beaches in Singapore

This post was originally published in March 2014 / updated in March 2019

Imagine sitting in a beach bar with a cocktail in hand, listening to reggae while watching calm seas lapping onto white sand beaches. Sound familiar? If you’ve done some travel in Southeast Asia you’ll know this is a standard beach scene across most of the region, but who would have thought you could find it at any of the beaches in Singapore. I didn’t even know Singapore had proper beaches until I moved there, and although some of them had to ship their sand in from Indonesia, they still look good!

There are two main areas for beaches in Singapore:

Sentosa Island: A tourism monster where you can ride roller coasters, do an indoor skydive and pose for pictures with parrots, and of course relax on beaches.

Eastern Singapore: More of a local experience, and definitely not as good for swimming, the eastern beaches are popular spots to cycle, eat and pitch a tent for a bit of camping.

Sentosa Island Beaches

Palawan Beach

My personal favourite amoung Singapore’s beaches, Palawan Beach is probably the quietest of the three main Sentosa Island beaches and there is plenty of room to find a private spot to relax. There are a few bars and restaurants, and you can buy cheap beers at the 7 11. A bridge takes you to another small island which claims to be the southernmost point of continental Asia, which seems weird since it’s an island off an island, off another island.  This little island is probably the best place in Singapore to sit in the shade and relax, as there is some fake grass that is kind of terraced, which means you can lie down (shaded by palm trees), rest your head and look out over the beach.

Where to Stay on Sentosa Island:

Luxury  – Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Villas

Mid-Range  – Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Budget  – Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa

One of the best beaches in Singapore is Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island,Sunset at Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island, one of the best beaches in Singapore

Tanjong Beach

Home to the Tanjong Beach Club, which holds Singapore’s own full moon parties 3 times a year, Tanjong Beach is a great place to have a few drinks and relax. The beach here is almost as good as Palawan, and if you walk 5 or 10 minutes past Tanjong Beach Club you will almost have it all to yourself.

Tanjong Beach, Sentosa Island, one of the best beaches in SingaporeThe best beaches in Singapore - Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa Island, Singapore

Siloso Beach

Probably the busiest beach on Sentosa Island, Siloso has everything you’ve become accustomed to in a Southeast Asian beach, including beach bars, little shops selling sunglasses and jewelry, and clear blue water. Siloso seems to be the best beach for swimming and I saw a lot more people in the water there than any of the other beaches in Singapore.

Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island, one of the best beaches in SingaporeBeach bar at Siliso Beach, one of the best beaches in Singapore

Beaches in Singapore: East Coast

Changi Park

The beach at Changi Park, the gateway to Pulau Ubin, is pretty good, but I’ve never seen anyone swimming there. It’s a bit rougher than the Sentosa Island beaches but when the light hits it right it looks just as good. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and there are some nice bars and restaurants nearby. As Changi Park is really close to the airport, you can stand on the beach and see planes flying really low overhead, which is nice, unless you’re trying to imagine you’re on a proper island getaway.

Where to Stay on the  East Coast:

Mid-Range  – Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Budget  – Village Hotel Katong by Far East Hospitality

Further reading: The Best Walks in Singapore: From the Forest to the City

Beach at Changi Park, one of the best beaches in SingaporeChangi Park - home to one of the best beaches in Singapore

East Coast Park

The most popular Singapore beach that isn’t located on Sentosa, East Coast Park gets pretty busy, but if you visit on a weekday you’ll have it almost to yourself. It’s a popular weekend spot to go cycling and there is a huge hawker centre which serves some highly regarded seafood. East Coast Park is home to one of the best Singapore beaches, and depending on the overhead conditions, the water looks almost good enough to swim in. East Coast Park is also a popular place to camp, but you need to organise a permit.

Beach at East Coast Park, on of my favourite beaches in SingaporeOne of the best beaches in Singapore can be found at Changi Park

Pasir Ris Park

Another good option for cycling, Pasir Ris Park, located at the very end of Singapore’s East West MRT line, is also home to some decent (but small) wetlands. It’s a similar experience to Sungie Buloh Wetland Reserve, only on a far smaller scale, which makes it a nice detour on the way to the beach. The beach is nice, but again I probably wouldn’t swim there, but it’s the perfect spot for a barbeque and some beers.

Pasir Ris Park, home to one of the best beaches in SingaporeWetlands at Pasir Ris Park, near one of the best beaches in Singapore

Whether you are looking for a neatly manicured simulation of a beach paradise, or a more rustic and local experience, the beaches in Singapore provide excellent locations for a day away from the city. If you want to relax, head to Palawan beach and find the fake grass; you’ll almost forget you’re in Singapore.

READ MORE: Things to Do in Singapore: The Ultimate, Best, Most Awesome Guide

Have you been to any beaches in Singapore? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.
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15 Comments

  1. I would also vot for Palawan beach (just like my favourite island in The Philippines). I also didn´t know that Singapore had decent beaches..

    • May 3, 2014 at 1:08 am — Reply

      I’m going to Palawan next month, can’t wait!!

  2. May 10, 2014 at 5:47 am — Reply

    I’d probably head to East Coast Park if I had to choose. Looks like a very calm beach and the water is gorgeous.

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:39 am — Reply

      Wise choice, Dave. There is also a good bar there, so that always helps.

  3. May 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    So often people just think of Singapore as a city destination of a stopover place…myself included! Didn’t realise it had so many lovely beaches! I am a beach person so always on the look out of places to go 🙂 Now when I go visit my friend there I have an excuse to escape the city 🙂

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:40 am — Reply

      There is so much more to Singapore than most people realise!

  4. Syed Raza
    June 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    I have a 2 day training program in Singapore from Monday onwards.
    Thinking of going earlier to spend a Weekend their, what places should I visit ?

    • June 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm — Reply

      There is so much to see! Check out my Singapore section for a few ideas.

  5. Quanita abrahams
    September 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    Hi Jon….looking for private beachfront villa in Singapore where teenage kids can enjoy beach during the day and go out and enjoy nightlife….NO BARS!!!

    • September 10, 2014 at 11:59 am — Reply

      Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island is pretty quiet, can’t remember too many bars there – mainly restaurants.

  6. Liza
    January 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    Family of 5, 2 adults & 3 children…where should we stay, on abudget???

  7. K. Osborne
    May 21, 2016 at 4:17 am — Reply

    A group of 5 high school students going to Singapore would like to spend a couple of hours at a beach there & swim. Is there a cost to get on the beaches of Sentosa? I wanted to send them to Pulau Ubin–but it looks to be more of a fishing village than a swimming beach—they want nothing to do with the rest of what looks to be the admusement park atmosphere of Sentosa & would like to know if there are changing/showering facilities at the beach–as they will be heading to the airport afterwards. The only day they can go is a Sunday (June 5th) –which may also be a school holiday time in Singapore (…crowds…)
    Advice???

    • May 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm — Reply

      Sentosa will work — the beaches aren’t amazing for swimming but people do swim there. You could also try East Coast Park.

  8. August 26, 2016 at 5:12 am — Reply

    I never knew Singapore had beaches even though I’ve heard of Sentosa island before I did not expect what I saw in your pictures! I’ve been dreaming up a trip to Singapore lately so I’m happy to have found you.

    • August 30, 2016 at 12:19 am — Reply

      Thanks for the comment Katrina, enjoy your trip to Singapore!

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