Gankou Beach 港口海灘
Location: Jiae Road, Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, 947
Coordinates: 21.989401, 120.846826
28 minute drive from Kenting
1h 45min drive from Kaohsiung
Gangkou Beach ("harbor beach") is located at the "end of the road", when heading up the east side of the Hengchun Peninsula and its situated just a little over a stone's throw away from the entrance to the Jialeshui Scenic Area (佳樂水), hence, the beach itself is also commonly referred to as "Jialeshui" --- which is not unfitting as the meaning roughly translates to "good, happy/fun water" -- and its definitely "good happy fun" water if you know how to surf).
The sand at the beach is quite nice. However, after passing by over half-a-dozen beaches with light golden-to-white colored sand, you might be a little "chafed" to find that the color of the sand here is a little more on the gray end of the color pallet. The sand quality is very good, and the smooth stones speckled here and there are few enough that they add more than they take away.
The waves at the beach are generally quite good for surfing (or body boarding), which is why it is basically the "surf central" of the area. For swimming on the on the other hand, the beach is not only not appropriate, its also not advisable as there are rip tides. This is why you will see flags posted on the beach saying "no swimming".
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At the end of the day, if surfing is not your sport, then this beach is not your beach. Other than surf or watch other people surf, then this beach cannot offer you anything more than its many nearby neighbors. If you are interested in surfing, however, this is your best option in the Pingtung area. If you don't have your own equipment, there are some rentals near the beach. There are also restrooms and a hose to spray yourself off with after you have spent some quality time in the ocean. There is not too much going on in the immediate area though as it nearly a half an hour drive away from the Kenting and Hengchun. The beach is also located next to the Jialeshui Scenic Area, which has some very interesting seaside rock formations which you can check out if you pay the entrance fee.