Day 3: Hac Sa Beach+ Back

Imagine a mile of sandy white pristine beaches, and crystal clear light green blue water.   Hot women serving you drinks as your peer into clear open skies and lounge lazily seaside.  Imagine beach volleyball, wild surfing, and a row of white yachts lined up in the distance.  Imagine all of that and then forget it, because you won't find it in Macau.  When the name of the best beach in town is "Black sand" that should tell you everything you need to know. 
 

 

Okay, so Macau doesn't have the best beaches in the world, but what they have is better than nothing.  There was a typhoon warning on the afternoon we went, so the ocean was angry that day my friends, making it impossible to swim.  For those who did venture in, it was just to feel the fury of the waves, and hopefully not get knocked over in the process.  I hadn’t been to a beach anywhere in about twenty years, so I couldn't wait to jump right in.  I was so excited that I forgot to take my cell phone out of my pocket, pretty much destroying it completely.  As I said earlier, with the waves being what they were I couldn’t actually swim, but I still managed to make it out to the floating boundary.  Even way out there the water was still shallow and I could stand up, so the beach should be safe for most kids and those who don’t swim.

 

 


The highlight of the afternoon - for me anyway - was a group of 4 local girls, who took the beach by storm and made no secret of being there.  Loud, cantankerous and generally soaking up the spotlight, they were pretty much the only other ones in the water with me at the time.  I liked the cute one in red the most, it was just too bad she never put her swimsuit on and joined the fun.
 

 

Besides swimming, there are other things to do around Hac Sa Beach.  If you get hungry there’s a row of vendors selling barbecue treats nearby as well as a couple of restaurants, although I’m not sure how good they are.  Fernando’s, for example, is vastly overrated, but has a great little beer garden that might come in handy on Macau’s sweltering summer days.  There’s also public barbecue pits available if you want to cook your own food.  Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ Park is right in the area too, complete with hiking trails and a Nautical Entertainment Centre where you can rent boats and motor scooters. 
 

The best way to get to Hac Sa Beach from Macau might be to take a bus.  There are quite a few that go down there and they’re almost as fast as taxies once you leave Taipa, given the limited number of stops.  A cab from the Venetian, for example, might cost $60 or more, while a bus won’t exceed $7.  Bus numbers 15, 21, 25 and 26A all service the beach, with 21, 25 and 26A originating on Macau peninsula.
 

After about an hour at the beach we returned to the Pousada De Coloane and prepared for our evening endeavours at the Japanese restaurant, Kira.

 

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