Taiwan: A Below-the-Radar Retreat

Talk about Taiwan!

Where’s the perfect spot to “hang loose” with an iced-cold coconut boba drink during the hot summer months? The cool breezy island of Taiwan, no doubt. This “formosa island” has maintained its natural appeal since passing Portuguese sailors first discovered it in the 16th century. The island, located in the center of bustling Asia, has kept much of its serene beauty throughout the decades without being overshadowed by modernity. And even though the tropical island is small compared to its neighbors, most don’t realize that Taiwan offers remarkable stretches of remote, pristine white and golden sand beaches, as well as sparkling coral reefs for travelers of all ages to indulge in pure summer fun.

According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the best time to enjoy the beautiful island is from summer through early fall because the hot, humid subtropical climate provides mild cool breezes throughout the island supplying the locals with plenty of natural air-con as soon as they hit the beaches.

Taiwan's Shek Memorial

For first-time visitors, Taiwan Tourism Bureau recommends these three must-see sites: Baishawan Beach, Fulong Beach and Kenting Beach. 

Baishawan Beach is located on the northern coast of Taiwan. The beautiful white sand beach is famous for its crisp-clean blue water, adventurous hiking trails, and unique volcanic rock formations. Another northern coast attraction is Fulong Beach because the location is perfect for windsurfing and canoeing. And the most popular beach destination to visit is Kenting Beach located in the southern coast of Taiwan. Locals flock to this beach because it includes an amazing 18,000-hectare national park with activities for the entire family, including swimming, diving, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet-skiing, boating, and hiking.

For travelers interested in discovering the beauty of Taiwan from a complete 360˚ ocean view, cruise traveling has emerged into a popular alternative transportation with locals and international travelers. Based on Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the two popular harbors in Taiwan for cruise ships to sail through are Keelung and Kaoshiung.

The port of Keelung located north of the island is the most popular entry point in Taiwan. Favorite tourist sites include the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101, Long Shan Temple, Confucian Temple, Taipei City Gate, and the world-famous National Palace Museum. The museum houses historical art collections dating back 3,000 years.

Taiwan's Dream Mall

The second popular port is in Kaoshiung located south of the island. Tourists can visit the famous Fo-Kwang Shan Temple, Ai River and Dream Mall, the largest shopping center in Taiwan.

The Chijin district in Old Kaoshiung is Taiwan’s most famous seafood market center that sells daily, fresh-caught seafood to restaurants and visitors. Yummers. Definitely the island for all ages to relax and escape to for their summer vacations, we’re giving Taiwan a high five for being a great below-the-radar escape.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Larry D. Rieger on March 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I was stationed in Taiwan in 1960. I found it to be very rustic, but the weather was mostly quite pleasant. Typhoons excepted. I see now that the island has now grown up yet has kept a lot of its charm.


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