Da'an Beach (aka Daan Beach) in Da'an District of Taichung City may be Taichung's best beach. Here you can find long stretches of sandy beach, a bike path, campground, free public swimming pools, as well as nearby resorts. Popular activities here also include kite flying and surfing. It is a great place to enjoy the coastline of central Taiwan.
Da'an Beach was opened for public recreation starting in 2013 for local residents to enjoy beach activities during the summer. The area includes a well-kept beach, foot washes, showers, swimming pools, a bike path, and a campground.
Swimming is banned in the ocean but is encouraged in the pools. However, surfing in the water is okay.
The area is popular, especially during the summer months on weekends.
From June to August: The swimming pool is open from 8 AM to 5 PM
From March to December: The Beach is open from 7 AM to 6 PM
Free entrance (including use of the public swimming pool)
Showers: 30 NT
There are many tours of Taichung available on KKday here or Klook here, such as an Instagram Day Tour, Historic Downtown and Sun Cake DIY Experience, Taichung Railway Station Walking Tour, Local Market Biking Tour, Aboriginal Food Tour, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
Hotels in Taichung:
Most of the accommodation you will find is near the city center. If you will only visit downtown, you can consider a day trip from Taipei.
We have stayed at and recommend the Norway Forest Travel Hotel, a convenient hotel right in front of Taichung Station (you can book on Booking.com here, Agoda here, or compare prices on Kayak here), and Sin Fu Business Hotel which is also a great value for the money and great quality in downtown Taichung (you can book on Agoda here or compare prices on Kayak here).
Looking for a hotel? We recommend booking through Booking.com here, which provides the best quality selection of accommodation in Taiwan.
Find out where to stay in our Taiwan hotels guide or search for the best hotel deals in Taiwan here.
How to get there:
By Bus: From Taichung station, you can take bus 79 to the night market. You can also book a Taichung sightseeing bus on KKday here.
By Car/ Scooter: From Central Taichung. take Taichung Avenue East and then turn right on Xitun Road, and later another right onto Wenhua Road and you will see the night market. There is limited scooter parking on the side of the road and some paid car parking nearby. Looking for scooter rental in Taichung? Check out Klook here or KKday here to search for options.
If you are looking for car rentals, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKday here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can use Taiwan's many Youbike sharing stations, or search for rentals on KKday here, and search for tours on Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here. You can also book a Market Biking Tour in Taichung on Klook here.
For more information, check out our Taiwan transportation guide here.
Map: Please see below:
I have only been to Daan Beach once. As a former Taichung resident, this beach was developed only after I left. I do not recall Taichung ever having a fun beach spot before this.
I was surprised to see the city government build a swimming pool next to a beach. It just goes to show how paranoid the government is of people drowning in the ocean. Technically swimming in the ocean here is forbidden unless you have a board.
For an overview of the area, please see the video above.
You can also check out our 360 panorama above.
We visited starting from the parking lot in the south. On a weekday here in the summer there was a food truck.
View of Da An Beach.
Full on view.
View to the north.
A man enjoying the view.
View down on the beach.
Closeup on the sand, which is kind of dark and can get hot in the sun.
There were also a few people down there enjoying the beach at low tide.
View to the south.
View to the north.
View of the beach from the air.
Another view from the air.
View from the air to the south.
Here you can see the free public pool and developed part of the beach with foot washes and showers.
Another view of the beach resort area.
Another view of the beach via drone.
There is also a large Buddhist temple here dedicated to Guanyin, and is shaped like a huge lotus flower.
View of the lotus building from the side.
Closer view of the building.
Don't forget that Taichung has lots of indoor and outdoor activities available, such as Scuba Cube Hotel Indoor Diving Experience, Batting Cages, Indoor Skiing and Sledding, Car Race Track, Pilot an Aircraft, Glamping, Archery, Trampoline Center, Off-road ATVing, Hiking, see cherry blossoms, stargazing, Aboriginal Food Tour, cooking class, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
There are many amazing sites and attractions in Taichung, such as Gaomei Wetlands, Rainbow Village, Luce Chapel, Rainbow Village, Wuling Farm, Nantun Old Street, Xinshe Flower Garden, Lihpao Land Theme Park and more.
You can also book a Taichung pass for multiple attractions on Klook here or here.
Be sure to check out our full guide to Taichung here.
You can also check out our full travel guide to Taiwan here.
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