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There is one major beach area in the North around Fu Long/Dai Shi however with the construction of the newest nuclear power plant in the area and the way the occupational government has been cutting and skimming the budget for it, you may want to bring a radiation detector with you.
The same can be said for Kenting beach in the south where the oldest and most dangerous (numerous leaks and accidents) of Taiwan's nuclear reactors is literally a stone's throw from the only major public beach in Kenting right in the center if the Taiwan's national park.
Despite the numerous signs prohibiting them, watch out for jet skis. They average one to two fatality(usually children) a week, every summer on that beach from accidents that occur when the hundreds of prohibited jet skis mix with hundreds of families trying to enjoy the only beach with facilities (showers are locked at 3:00 PM) available in Kenting National Park.
Many people get onto the leased out beach in Kenting Town by sneaking through the garbage dump at the South end of the beach then swimming across the open sewage canal to get to the heavily polluted sea in Taiwan's premiere national park area.
The other beach in Kenting that has not been leased out to local hotels and reserved for their patrons is about 200 meters of sand to accomodate over 10,000 people a day in the summer. It is packed solid and very polluted with no life gaurd or shower facilities.
Tai Dong has some very nice unpolluted beaches but the police in Tai Dong routinely apprehend, harass and deport non Chinese because they are "not Chinese".
If you can find a way to overlook those little distraction you may have a nice day at the beach.
Taiwan is not known for surfing but some people swear by it during the typhoon season.
There is another option. On Taiwan the locals claim that the most popular beaches for Taiwanese are in Bali, Thailand or the Philippines. If you average in the the prices for transport and hotel they may actually be cheaper. Many business people who have a Multiple Entry Visas go as a visa run.
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