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Best Singapore Beaches to Visit with Kids

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Looking for the best Singapore beaches to visit for a family day out in the sun? Here’s our pick from East Coast beach to the sandy beaches of Sentosa, Palawan beach and more!

Head down to these Singapore beaches for some good ole vitamin sea! From the sunny Singapore beaches in Sentosa to the breezy Singapore beaches on one of our 64 islands, you will be spoiled for choice. Pack a bag and take your little ones on a fun day out to enjoy sandcastle play, kayaking, swimming or just lounging on one of our super Singapore beaches!

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1. Palawan Beach Singapore

Singapore Beach Palawan beach

A definite contender for the best Singapore beach, you’ll find the sandy stretch of Palawan Beach between Sentosa’s Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach (the closest Sentosa Express stop is Beach Station). What makes Palawan Beach one of the best Singapore beaches is its soft sand and family-friendly vibe. With ships on the horizon, it’s a pretty patch to set up for a sunny morning at the beach. Look out for the suspension bridge that connects the Singapore beach to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia and also Asia’s closest point to the Equator. You can swim out to the island but beware; the currents are very strong so this is only advised for very strong swimmers. Safety tip for when you are at a Singapore beach: Always swim between the Red and Yellow (‘Swim Here’) flags, where the area is closely supervised by Beach Patrol officers from 9am to 7pm.
Beachside Dining: FOC Sentosa with a small plunge pool.

Palawan Beach Singapore, Palawan Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098521 


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2. Siloso Beach Singapore

Singapore beach Siloso Singapore beach sentosa

Another one of the best Singapore beaches, Siloso Beach is where you’ll family-friendly outdoor dining hot spots right by the water and you can dine with the sand between your toes. The waters are relatively calm here so it’s popular for families with young kids who can splash about in the sea and make sandcastles on the beach. This Singapore beach is cleaned regularly and is patrolled by Beach Officers who will advise when it is unsafe to swim. The restaurant, Rumours, has pools to splash out in as well as the beach right on their doorstep, so the kids can make sandcastles while you have a coffee or cocktail. Coastes is a fave, thanks to the tables on the beach set up so that you can watch the kids play while you eat. Ola offers water sports like stand up paddleboards and kayaking for sporty teens whilst Trapizza is great for thin-crust pizzas close to the beach. The ticketed mega-playground Nestopia is nearby as well as the nearest Cable car stop. Come dusk, the younger crowd brings more of a part vibe to this Singapore beach.
Beachside Dining: Coastes, Ola Beach Club, Rumours and on the other end Trapizza

Siloso Beach Singapore, 10A Siloso Beach Walk


3. Tanjong beach Singapore

Singapore beach Tanjong Singapore Beach Sentosa

Some say Tanjong Beach is the best Singapore beach as it has something for everyone depending on the time you visit. First thing in the morning this pretty stretch of sand attracts dog walkers and volleyball players. Then families with young kids descend and come early afternoon the party peeps and sun-seekers move in, taking over Tanjong Beach Club’s pool and sun loungers for cocktail time. Unlike Palawan Beach, there are safety Beach patrollers only on weekends and public holidays.
Beachside Dining: Tanjong Beach Club

Tanjong Beach Singapore, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098942


4. Coney Island: rugged Singapore beach

Singapore beaches coney island punggol with Singapore beaches

Coney Island is a rugged Singapore beach surrounded by a vast green forest. It’s nothing like the expansive sandy Singapore beaches of Palawan or Siloso but a trip here does make a fun seaside day out. Rather than coming here just for beach time, explore this stunningly green forested island on foot or bike along the 2.5 km Coney Island Park Connector. A hit with birdwatchers, you might spot one of 80 species of birds on Coney Island Park, including the resident male Baya Weavers, Oriental Magpies, or flocks of parakeets.
Beachside Dining: No F&B here — best to pack a picnic!

Coney Island, Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, Singapore 829325


5. East Coast Park: Singapore Beach with Cycling Galore

Singapore beach East Coast park

Families flock to this East Coast Park Singapore beach come the weekend. Easties will probably say this is one of the best beaches in Singapore thanks to the amount of fun stuff available for kids and families. There are cycling and rollerblading paths galore (and a newish cycling park!) plus lots of rental shops for bikes, rollerblades and more. There’s lots of sand to play on and the Marine Cove playground is a huge hit with kids of all ages. Adrenalin junkies can check out the Xtreme SkatePark with obstacles to practice kickflips, or there’s the Wake Park for water fun, too.
Beachside Dining: Ps Café by the Sea East Coast, hawker stalls at East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Parkland Green

East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449876


6. Changi Beach Park: Singapore Beach for plane spotters

Plane spotters head over to Changi Beach Singapore – one of the most scenic and best beaches in Singapore – to watch low flying planes preparing to land at Changi Airport. If you are into sandcastles and splashing around in the sea you can enjoy that here, too, along the 3.3km long Singapore beach of Changi Beach Park. One of the best Singapore beaches, Changi Beach stretches from Changi Point to Changi Ferry Terminal and overlooks Pulau Ubin. There’s also cycling, fishing, and BBQ pits so this is one of the best Singapore beaches for social fun.
Beachside Dining: Bistro in the park or restaurants at nearby Changi Village

Changi Beach Park, Nicoll Dr, Singapore 498991


7. Singapore beach Pulau Ubin with cycling paths

Despite being an island, there is plenty to do on Pulau Ubin. Best known for its cycling paths, Pulau Ubin also has a Singapore beach to explore. Though there is a lack of sandy shores and you really can’t swim here, this spot feels like a seaside holiday at a different pace. You can rent a bike at the shops at the jetty and cycle off to explore the island. To get there just hop on a public bumboat ($3 per person) at Changi Jetty and in 15 minutes or less it’ll feel like you’re in a different country. All the deets on how to get to Pulau Ubin here.
Beachside Dining: casual seaside restaurants near the pier serving Chinese food, fresh coconut water and cold beer.

Pulau UbinAccess via the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499172


8. St. John’s Island: boat trip to a fab Singapore beach

Fancy a day trip complete with a boat cruise and Singapore beach on the other side? Head on over to St. John’s Island! The best Singapore beach here is actually on Lazarus Island (see below) but St John’s Island is worth exploring too. Rather than beach life, St John’s offers a chance to explore flora and fauna. The lagoons to the right of the jetty are rich in starfish, crabs, and other marine life like horseshoe crabs and tropical fish. There is no F&B so bring your picnic and water and have a fun picnic by the ocean!
Beachside Dining: None (pack a picnic)

St. John’s Island, Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, #01-04, Singapore 018988


9. Lazarus Island: Best beach in Singapore for a day trip!

Singapore beach Lazarus Island

Lazarus Island is between St. John’s Island (where it’s connected via a paved causeway) and Kusu Island (not accessible from Lazarus Island). You’ll need to get a boat from Marina South Pier to St John’s first then it’s about a 20-minute walk on a cement path (stroller friendly) to Lazarus. Want a direct drop at this Singapore beach? Take a ferry from Sentosa Cove or hire your own boat! Lazarus Island offers a soft sandy Singapore beach with shallow waters. If you want to pretend you are on holiday this is the best Singapore beach for that! Go mid-week and it can be lovely and quiet but this Singapore beach gets busy on weekends. There’s not much shade so bring hats and sunscreen. As with St John’s Island, pack your own picnic and enjoy your meal by the sea. All the deets on how to get to Lazarus here.
*Note there is no toilet on Lazarus island (St John’s is the nearest toilet) and no lifeguards.
Beachside Dining: None

Lazarus Island, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988


10. Sembawang Park Singapore Beach with Naval Heritage

Singapore Beaches Sembawang Park

Sembawang Park and its grassy stretch that becomes a sandy Singapore beach, is in the north of Singapore, facing the straits of Johor. For kids, don’t miss the nearby Sembawang Playground with a maritime theme. It’s one of the best Singapore beaches in the area and you can swim, use BBQ pits, a Petanque court, and jogging paths. There are some historical aspects of the park that make this area of interest, too. Here you can get a glimpse of Singapore’s naval heritage. Walk along the restored old pathways used during the British occupation or visit the Beaulieu House, the Sembawang jetty, the remains of the 1920s Seletar Pier, and Sembawang Shipyard, which was a British Naval Base from 1938 to 1968.
Nearby Dining: Seaside Beaulieu House

Sembawang Beach on Sembawang Park, Sembawang Road


11. Punggol Beach Singapore

A Singapore beach peppered with small boulders awaits at Punggol Beach in Northern Singapore making this a great spot for arty photo shots. Punggol Beach Singapore, which is close to Punggol Waterway Park has a rather dark history: this is the site of the Sook Ching Massacre in 1942, and there is an on-site heritage marker for those who want to read up on this tragic event. For a kid-friendly activity check out the nearby prawning ponds!
Beachside Dining: Restaurants at Punggol Settlement

Punggol Beach, Junction of Punggol Point Rd and Punggol Road, Singapore 828694


12. Pasir Ris Park with Beach Singapore

At Pasir Ris Park, there are promenade paths, skate and cycle paths and even some water sports. Before you relax on Pasir Ris Park’s Singapore beaches, check out the dedicated bird watching tower to enjoy the view and spot some birds. Kids will love the nearby Pasir Ris Park playground complete with swings, slides and mini maze. The mangrove boardwalks are worth exploring too or you could do the whole park on bikes as it is huge!

Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Central, Opposite Pasir Ris MRT Station, Singapore 519639


13. Kusu Island: Singapore Beach with temples and tortoises

Kusu Island is home to a famous tortoise sanctuary so this spot is popular with fans of this sacred animal and for those wishing to visit the temples here. The Singapore beach here is small and quaint so if you are looking for a vast Singapore beach it might be better to stick to Lazarus Island. To get there, just ride one extra stop on the St. John’s Island ferry that departs from Marina South Pier.
Nearby Dining: None

Kusu Island, 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore 018988


14. Sisters’ Islands Marine Park: Singapore Beach with snorkelling

*Temporarily Closed* At Sisters’ Islands Marine Park you can swim at high tide and we have been told (but not experienced ourselves) that there are snorkelling opportunities to explore the rich biodiversity of the Marine Park. Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is also where you’ll find the city’s first turtle hatchery. Although small, some say it’s one of the best Singapore beaches thanks to its soft sand and trees for shade. To get there, you’ll need to charter your own boat from West Coast Pier or Marina South Pier.
Nearby Dining: None. Bring your own picnic (but look out as monkeys might steal your food)

Sisters’ Islands Marine Park,  60 West Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126979

*Safety swim tips for Singapore beaches:

Not all the Singapore beaches are patrolled by lifeguards so swim at your own risk and never leave children unattended. Where Singapore beaches are monitored, a red flag indicates that it is dangerous to swim possibly due to lightning warnings, strong currents, jellyfish or other hazards (oil spill, poor visibility, flotsam).

Enjoy your beach trip and stay safe!

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Lead image: Flickr by John, 2nd image via Pixabay: 3rd image: by John via Flickr, 4th image Michell Tam, 5th image credit: Jnzl via Flickr, NParks, 6th image: 7th image Michell Tam, 8th image Syazana Hishamuddin, 9th image by hjbyeo via Flickr

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