Taiwan · Travel

A Secret Beach in Kenting

We didn’t really do too much exploring during our 3-day stay in Kenting, as we mainly just either spent time in the ocean or hung out in the pool within the resort.  However we did manage to venture out one morning and visited a lovely secret beach that is located off the main beaten track within Kenting National Park.

To get to this beach, you actually have to enter through Kenting Youth Activity Center which in and of itself is a pretty cool destination.  It was built in 1983, and the entire complex is comprised of traditional Taiwanese-style buildings with red brick roofs, vermilion red doors and white walls.

(Kenting Youth Activity Center – photo credit from http://kenting.cyh.org.tw/?page_id=26)

The center is a non-profit organization and its main function is to provide lodging to the National Park’s visitors.  Although, while the grounds of the Activity Center and the onsite restaurant are open to the public, the lodging is only available to current students, people attending activities hosted by the government/schools/other non-profit agencies, or “youth” under 40 years old.  While it’s certainly not luxury accommodation, it does offer clean and much more affordable lodging options in the area.

There is a very nice walking path that’s adjacent to the center which loops around a small peninsula where you can enjoy some really amazing ocean views, interesting coral reef rock formations and tropical plantations.  However, as we had younger children in the group, along with my mother who’s been suffering some pretty bad knee problems, we only walked the beginning section of the path to where it leads off down to the beach.  If When we return to Kenting in the future, we would definitely want to go back and complete the hike.

The official name for this secret beach is called ‘Valentine’s Beach’ and it’s located within a small cove.  It was named as such because it used to be a popular spot for local couples to go on dates, back in the days before Kenting was booming with tourism.  The switchback that leads down to the cove is steep and rocky and a bit tricky to navigate, which is probably a good thing so that the beach doesn’t get overly crowded with visitors.

(The switchback that leads down to the beach – photo credit from http://smoony.pixnet.net/blog)

The small patch of soft white-sand beach is surrounded by sharp rock formations all around, and therefore swimming is prohibited.  The kids however still had a great time putting their feet in the water and having the waves washing over their legs.  This place is honestly a serene little piece of haven and I can totally imagine it being the perfect spot to watch beautiful sunsets on date nights.

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