For summer, we showed you the secret spots in Kenting that tour guides won’t tell you about. Now the DailyView Online Thermometer has compiled Taiwan’s 10 most romantic beaches based on the frequency of internet searches. If you’re planning a little romantic getaway with your sweetheart or a grand romantic gesture, find your next summer date spot in the list below.
Jialeshiu, Kenting (墾丁佳樂水)
Visitors to the popular area in Kenting can do much more than marveling at the strangely-shaped rocks; Jialeshiu is a premier surfing destination, not just because of its ideal geography but also because of its large waves, thanks to the wind blowing down from the mountains. With several villas nearby, the area is a fantastic fit for couples looking for a three day, two night surfing adventure.
Geban Bay, Xiaoliuqiu (小琉球蛤板灣)
Dubbed “Little Venice Beach”, Geban Bay is the go-to beach on Xiaoliuqiu Island. With its ideal location, the beach basks in the endless southern summer sun. Pick any date, month, or even season to visit, and you will be greeted with lovely tropical weather regardless. The bay is also a favorite spot to watch the sunset, so take your sweetie for a stroll!
Chihsingtan Beach, Hualien (花蓮七星潭)
Hualien County’s only specially designated scenic area, Chihsingtan Beach is shaped like a crescent moon. The seemingly endless, tranquil pebbled beach with its clear azure waters stretches to the Central Mountain Range in the distance, where the mountains merge into the sea. While beach is not actually like a star as its name in Mandarin suggests, it’s the perfect spot for stargazing—it really doesn’t get much more romantic than this.
South Bay, Kenting (墾丁南灣)
Also known as Blue Bay, this beach is the most popular on Kenting Peninsula so it’s no surprise it came second on this list. Although the crowds and tourists may dampen your spirits, head on down during off peak season or early in the morning, and you can still experience Kenting’s serenity.
Shuilian, Hualien (花蓮水璉海灘)
Facing the Pacific Ocean on the island’s east and with its back to Niushan, Shuilian Beach, also known as the Shuilian Wetlands, gives off a very different feel to the beaches of the island’s west. Closer in kind to a gravel beach, with the steep mountains adding to the grandeur, the area is a nature lover’s paradise with hiking tracks, birdwatching areas and plenty of tropical flora and fauna, making it a favorite spot for photographers and dates in the wild.
Baisha Bay/White Sand Bay, Kenting (墾丁白沙灣)
White Sand Bay gets its name from the broken sea shells and crustacea that form the base of the beach. Juxtaposed against the Kenting blue sky, the clear waters, it is as if one were on a tropical island vacation. Another location for Life Of Pi, White Sand Bay and its nearby vegetation served as the jungle that Richard Parker, the tiger runs into in one important scene.
Blue Tears, Matsu Island (馬祖藍眼淚)
Complete your spring and summer seasons with a visit to Matsu to behold the wondrous sight that is Matsu Blue Tears. When the sun sets, the patch of blue gives off an eerie blue light, as if the stars were washing up on the shore. The surreal effect is due to plankton that have evolved to glow. Not only that, walk along the beach and you’ll find a glowing blue trail of footprints behind you due to the miniature aquatic “star dust” crustacean. You might have even seen Matsu’s Blue Tears on the silver screen; the area served as the magical ocean in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi!
Double-Heart of Stacked Stones/Twin-Heart Fish Trap, Penghu (澎湖雙心石滬)
Created originally for catching fish, the Double Heart of Stacked Stones is now a top romantic destination for old and young couples alike. This summer, why not take your beloved on a little Penghu journey, and under the blue sky and endless sea, make your grand romantic gesture. Whether you are proposing or confessing, we think it’d be pretty successful.