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What to Do on Taiwan's Southern Coast

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Taiwan’s southern coast sits at about the same latitude as Kauai and Cabo San Lucas, and has tropical beaches of the same caliber. West-facing Baisha Wan (which means “white sand beach”) is popular with sunbathers, while Jialeshuei is where the surfers hang out. Kenting—a laid-back beach town—is the main hub for tourists, but a number of boutique B&Bs are tucked away along Taiwan’s southern coast. There are also geological oddities along the coast that range from the spectacular to the novel.
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No. 244, Chashan Road, 滿洲鄉 Pingtung County, Taiwan 947
Jialeshuei is a gem for surfers. There are two breaks both of which are very consistent, especially the on at the north end of the beach. The locals are friendly and the waves are rarely crowded. The beach is clean and rarely crowded, and at night...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 白砂路
My photo does not do this beach justice. Flanked by coral, Baisha (which means "white sand" in Chinese) Beach is possibly the most beautiful beach on the island. Just outside of Kenting, this beach is popular with visitors year-round. There are...
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No. 259之2, Hengdong Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 946
The ChuHuo Eternal Flame (恆春出火) just outside of Hengchun in the far south of Taiwan is definitely worth a stop. Natural gas seeps up from the earth and ignites on this otherwise dead area of rock and sand ground. There are several areas of fire to...
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947, Taiwan, 屏東縣滿洲鄉
Lesser known -- but no less amazing -- than Taiwan's famous northern coastal area Yehliu, is the Jialeshuei Scenic Area in the south, just down the road from the surf beach. (You can check out a photographic comparison of the two areas here.) The...
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No. 2, Houwan Road, Checheng Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 944
Not far from Baisha Beach on a fairly remote stretch of coastline is one of Taiwan's finest attractions: the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (國立海洋生物博物館). Despite the odd local, this world-class aquarium is sure to impress. The...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, Kending Road, 511號號
Taiwan Dive is run by the very experienced English diver, Andy Gray: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT # 52233], who currently lives in Kaohsiung & Kenting. Andy has been diving in Taiwan for the past 25 years and guiding and instructing...
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No. 27-8, Wanli Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 946
Asia’s first bike hotel, YOHO Bike Hotel in Shanhai, Kenting, Taiwan. The hotel is geared toward bikers, with 68 rooms featuring bike racks, an onsite Giant bike rental and tour agency, a bike maintenance area, a bikers lounge with a projection...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 屏東縣恆春鎮
This was our private balcony (room 31) - sadly it was too hot to enjoy the view from the bathtub, but the lounger made a good spot to watch the stars in the evening. The room decor was just as cool and when it turned to rain, we played cards in...
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Pingtung County, Taiwan
Kenting is Taiwan's most popular beach destination, so it's no surprise that this sleepy little beach town swells during high season, and especially during Chinese New Year. You'll find a vibrant night life in Kenting. It's full of restaurants and...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 墾丁路石牛巷1-3號
A couple years ago I traveled to Taiwan solo. After exploring Taipei and its environs I decided to take the train then the bus down to the southernmost tip of the island and spend a few days by the beach in Kenting. Down there no one I met spoke a...
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950, Taiwan, Taitung County, Taitung City, 台東縣台東市
Xiaoyeliu (小野柳 Little Yeliu) is a small coastline park just outside Taiwan's main southeastern city, Taitung (台東 Taidong). It is easily reached by scooter, city bus, or the convenient East Coast Scenic Area shuttle bus that departs from locations...