It might not be the first place that springs to mind for a sundrenched beach getaway, but Singapore is home to beaches that will get you off the beaten track and leave you spell-bound!

Palawan Beach

Singapore’s Palawan Beach, located in the centre of Sentosa Island, is among the top spots to spend a fun-filled day in the sun. Home to swaying palms, turquoise water, a kid-friendly fun zone, and plenty of lively beach bars, this popular cove attracts everyone from families to sun-seekers. Sheltered by the adjacent island, which can be easily explored via the suspended footbridge, this pristine bay enjoys golden sand, calm waters and protection from the sea breeze. Pack your bathers, towel and favourite book, and find a quiet spot to spend the day lounging, hit Bora Bora Beach Bar for a cocktail on the sand, take the family along to Kidzania for some action-packed activities, or simply soak up the beauty and tranquillity of this little slice of paradise.

Tanjong Beach

Just minutes from Palawan Beach, neighbouring Tanjong Beach couldn’t feel any further from the throng of the city. Boasting a laid-back beach vibe, and the World’s Best Beach Bar (as lauded by Condé Nast), this sun-soaked stretch of sand is one of the finest on Sentosa. Whether your ideal day consists of sunbathing and splashing on the shore, lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand at an ultra-chic beach club, or a little of each, this picture-perfect beach offers the best of both worlds. Weekends can get a little busy, so if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, early morning or late afternoon is the best time to visit – the only plus side to the beaches popularity is that you’ll likely meet (and potentially pat!) a bunch of cute pooches as it’s also one of the few dog-friendly beaches!

Changi Beach Park

Far from your run-of-the-mill beach, Changi Beach Park offers 28-hectares of greenspace fringed by stretches of pristine white shorelines, swaying coconut palms, BBQ pits, and shelters. Stretching from Changi Point to Changi Ferry, the relatively remote location has allowed this seaside haven to retain its Kampong (village) atmosphere, making it a top choice for a coastal day trip away from the hustle and bustle! Beyond the beautiful landscape and scenic vistas, visitors can pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely day of swimming, lounging, and exploring before topping it off with a magical golden sunset.

St John’s Island and Lazarus Island

The Southern Singapore islands of Lazarus and St John’s are joined by a paved, link bridge, but they’re far from a concrete jungle. In fact, you won’t find a single store or accommodation option on little Lazarus (it’s a compact 47-hectares)! It is home, however, to a natural sandy beach – complete with coral reefs, thriving marine life and verdant hills full of flora and fauna – making it perfect for sunbathing, strolling or settling down for a picnic (for those who come prepared). Neighbouring St John’s is famous for its friendly cat population. But should you need a little more ‘purr-suasion’ to stay, it also offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy sandy shores, sparkling swimming lagoons and pristine sea breezes that are among Singapore’s best-kept secrets.

Pulau Ubin

Rustic roads, unspoilt forests and abundant wildlife – Pulau Ubin is a throwback to Singapore-style circa 1960. As well as its lush and diverse habitats, the island hides the city’s last real kampong – providing a glimpse into the window of The Lion City’s past. Today, the island (a 10-minute ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal) draws day-trippers for a myriad of reasons, but the main one is the Chek Jawa Wetlands – an intertidal flat of coral reefs, which are home to extensive marine wildlife, such as sea hares, octopuses, starfish, sand dollars, sponges and cuttlefish. Pulau Ubin’s other highlights include the abandoned quarries (after all, its name does translate to Granite in Malay!), kayaking through the mangroves and a cycle along the Pulau Ubin Tree Trail – leisurely pace highly encouraged!

Sisters’ Islands

According to local legend, these twin islands, just off the Straits of Singapore, were formed in the exact location where two beautiful siblings from the village drowned. And while the story is tinged with sadness, today, a trip to Sisters offers a much more family-friendly experience. While only Big Sisters’ Island is open to the public (Small Sisters’ Island is zoned strictly for conservation and research), it continues to provide a beach experience that’s twice as nice. As well as opportunities to both swim and snorkel in the pristine ocean, visitors can also spend some time on the shore – enjoying an intertidal walk (keep a lookout for the marine life that becomes visible during low tide) or a packed picnic to refuel their stomach and soul.