White Sands Beach

When the ferry pulls into the docks it seems like there is nothing on the island except a road and a few radio towers – no worries, the real areas start over the mountain! It is a 20 minute drive through a few steep switchbacks and you are almost there. The first idea you have that you have arrived is a few glimpses of some beautiful ocean views as the taxi follows a mountain road. Then suddenly the trees give way and the view is awesome, it really is…

The first view is of White Sands from your taxi as you start to head down into the west side. It is the “postcard” view of the island and one can see why – it looks great! White Sands is a good choice if you have no idea where to book on the island and also your best choice for accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. It is the main beach and has been for quite a while. So if you want the place with the most shops, restaurants, tailors, road side food, tour agencies, scooter rentals, nightlife and tourist services – this is a good place to stay, if this what you are looking for. If you want a quiet, laid back and restful area, then you might want to consider somewhere else. But the fact is that it is popular because of the development here. The resorts range from the expensive to the backpacker huts and everything in between. Restaurants range from upper end to very inexpensive…

You can find all kinds of souvenirs here from T-shits to sandals, There are several banks and ATMs dot the area. Wine sellers and small coffee shops are easy to find. There are also numerous massage shops, diver shops, tour booking scooter rentals and other amenities all over that we will not list as it just takes up too much room. If you need anything a good five minute walk will certainly probably find what you need.

The original plans called for no development on the beach side of the road, but that note was lost soon after the developers started building there. So you know the beach is really good, but you need to remember to just cut through any resort and go for the beach. There are public access paths, but they are hard to find… just go through the resorts!

White Sands Beach proper runs about 2.2 km in total length and between the south cliffs and the north cliffs the beach is excellent with great sand, lots of small restaurants, beach side cafes, small bars etc… and good shade. There is always something going on here at the beach. From large parties at Sabay and KC, to fire shows, beach sellers, small private parties etc… It is the busiest and most developed as we said, and there will be something for everyone. Generally speaking, the farther north you go the better the beach gets.