South Bay 南灣
Location: No. 223號, Nanwan Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, 946
Coordinates: 21.959463, 120.765282
10 minute drive from Hengchun
2 hour drive from Kaohsiung
When you see South Bay beach (Nanwan), you know you are officially in beach town. South Bay is the first white sand beach you can see from the road as you travel into the Kenting area. And this strip of sand gets lots of attention -- which is part of the reason why it is so much fun. Its big, its busy, its beautiful, and it embodies so much of what the Kenting experience is about.
If you had a sandbox, the sand at this beach is what you would fill it with. Its pretty much text-book sand (if that's a thing). And even though the beach sees heavy traffic, it is always nice and clean.
The water is great for swimming and playing in the waves -- which can be surfable at times. And when those times come, there are more than a few surf rentals situated right across the road waiting for your New Taiwan Dollars -- so give it a go.
- Things to do -
What's there to do at South Bay Beach? Almost everything. So let's start with what it doesn't have going for it: if you are looking for good snorkeling, this is not your spot -- but don't worry because there is enough to choose from in the neighborhood. Other than that Nanwan (South Bay) is pretty well covered. Rentals and rides, food, drinks, beach umbrellas, restaurants, cafes, a beach-side bar, shops with all the beach accessories you forgot in Taipei and, of course, a 7-11.