The coastline of Vietnam promises numerous sprawling beaches, coves, and bays that are perfect for relaxing, swimming, and adventuring. Many foreign visitors have named Vietnam as the "balcony on the Pacific". If you have a chance to go along the coast of Vietnam you will be awarded a rare opportunity to enjoy such beautiful swimming beaches as Cat Ba, Sam Son, Cua Lo, Lang Co, Non Nuoc, My Khe, Nha Trang, Vung Tau... Their pure white sand is famous. In some places you can see parts of mountains jutting out from the sea which make the local seascapes breathtaking. Here are some of the best to kick back on!
Star Beach, Phu Quoc
Star Beach (Bai Sao) is located to the south, has dazzling white sands and mesmerizing, often calm waters, one of the most popular beaches on Phu Quoc but it manages to remain strangely deserted for much of the time. For many tourists staying at Long Beach, Star Beach is the second beach they see, often on day trips organized by their resort or hotel. The tours usually include snorkelling and fishing from a boat. Any fish that get caught will later be cooked up and eaten on the boat or onshore, along with the obligatory sea anemone (a Vietnamese favorite), and plenty of Phu Quoc fish sauce. Despite their initial misgivings many tourists end up loving the sea anemone (and even the Phu Quoc fish sauce!) Give both of them a try because they might surprise you.
City Beach, Nha Trang
Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water with mild temperatures all year round. Watersports, day trips by boat and of course fresh pineapple are all readily available, but bear in mind the more choppy waters of November and December mean the beach loses much of its appeal. City Beach, Nha Trang is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers as well as more affluent travelers on the Southeast Asia circuit.
Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago
Con Son is the largest of 15 islands in the Con Dao Archipelago, 80km from the mainland Mekong Delta region and 230km from Saigon. The island’s remoteness and former use as a penal colony have kept it in relatively pristine condition: 80% is still forested. The thick canopy provides habitat for all sorts of exotic sounding animals endemic to the archipelago: the Con Dao bow-fingered gecko and Con Dao black giant squirrel are just two. The islands are rugged and mountainous, the highest peak reaching 557m. The ocean is home to dugongs (sea cows) and sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches from March to August. The winter months on Con Son are dry, but rough seas and strong winds from the northeast make the island feel fantastically remote at this time of year. The summer months bring occasional monsoon rains, but the seas remain calm and clear; the bays beautiful and tranquil.
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Cua Dai Beach is over 3km in length and up to 300m in width. The beach boasts fine white sand, clear and blue water, moderate slopes and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports.
Cua Dai is outstanding with the luxury mansions, modern resorts which are surrounded with colorful flowers and green trees. The best time for visitors to play with the blue sea is the afternoon. The long sandy, cool wind and whispering waves take us closer to the nature. Besides, go fishing is also one of the interesting experiences here that you should try when visiting Cua Dai beach.
Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh province
The best part of Quy Nhon is the beach. With over 40 km of sand and waves, the beach and its smattering of coastal resort hotels is the main draw to Quy Nhon – and luckily, because the small city is as of yet fairly undiscovered, the beaches here aren't as crowded as they are in other Vietnamese holiday destinations.
Quy Nhon shapes a bow embracing gently the yellow sandy beach. There are a lot of hotels and high-ranking resorts place along the beach. From here, tourists could see rows of green coconut trees swaying in the wind, further is the blue of ocean and sky.