Nha Trang beaches are spread around the beach resort city, offering a myriad of sightseeing and recreational activities for visitors looking to soak up the sun during their vacation. Often called the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang boasts a 6-km stretch of beautiful coastline with a wide array of dining and accommodations options set along the white sandy beaches.

    No 2 beaches are the same in Nha Trang. They range from the bustling Tran Phu Beach for travelers who want to be in the center of all the action to the more remote Bai Dai Beach, which is great for when you want to escape the often-overcrowded city. Some of these locales may be a long drive away from Nha Trang City, but the tranquil scenery of the coastline makes it well worth the trip.

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    Tran Phu Beach

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    Tran Phu Beach is easy to walk to from almost anywhere in Nha Trang City, making it the most popular beach in Nha Trang. It's close to the iconic Tran Phu Street, which is a beautiful seaside promenade with plenty of luxury and mid-range beachfront resorts, hostels, souvenir shops, museums, and seafood restaurants.

    Nightlife around Tran Phu Beach is also popular. Highly recommended venues include Sailing Club Nha Trang and the Skylight Nha Trang sky deck and rooftop beach club. Alternately, there’s a wide array of activities such as surfing, snorkeling, bicycle tours, spa treatments, meditation, and yoga around Tran Phu Beach.

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    Hon Chong Beach

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    Hon Chong Beach is just north of Tran Phu Beach in Nha Trang, separated only by a small headland. It’s a 5-minute drive from the iconic Po Nagar Cham Towers, where you’ll be greeted with a quiet beach area and formation of piled rocks that stretches out toward the sea. The beach is free to enter, but you’re required to pay an entrance fee to climb the rocks. It’s well worth the money and effort as you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of neighboring islets and the crescent-shaped Nha Trang Beach. 

    The atmosphere here is very tranquil, with several coffee shops and seafood eateries scattered along the beach. Approximately 300 meters south of Hon Chong, you'll find Hon Do (Red Island), which has a Buddhist temple on a hilltop, while there's Hon Rua (Tortoise Island) in the northeast.

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    Bai Tru Beach

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    Bai Tru Beach on Hon Tre Island is adjacent the massive VinWonders Nha Trang Vinpearl Land amusement park. A 3,320-metre sea-crossing aerial cableway connects the island to the mainland of Nha Trang, though you can also travel via ferry, taxi cab canoe, high-speed boat, automobile, and motorcycle.

    Housing an amphitheater, shopping mall, and a variety of rides, the amusement park is the main draw to the island. However, if you’re looking to enjoy a day at Bai Tru Beach, there’s an entrance fee, which is inclusive of return speedboat transfers, buffet lunch, and access to the beach and bathing pool.

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    Bai Dai Beach

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    Bai Dai Beach is a popular day trip among Nha Trang visitors looking for a secluded and hippy-like atmosphere. It's located 28 km south of Nha Trang. While sightseeing and accommodations options are scarce, you can unwind by the pristine beach or enjoy a day of volleyball, surfing, and bathing in its clear waters.

    There are also several seafood restaurants on Bai Dai Beach. Some are charming hut-like establishments decorated with Bob Marley posters and wooden furnishings while their kitchens serve up western favorites, fruit juices, and beers all day.

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    Nhu Tien Beach

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    Nhu Tien Beach is the setting for the luxurious Diamond Bay Resort & Spa in Nha Trang City. The privately-owned beach features a vast stretch of white sands, palm trees, blue waters, and verdant mountains. It is just a 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride from the city, making it a popular choice for a quiet beach day in Nha Trang.

    Diamond Bay Resort & Spa hosts a golf course, spa center, tennis court, and 5 onsite restaurants serving broiled seafood, Vietnamese, Asian, and western fare. Other activities available here include yoga, kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and banana boating. Nhu Tien Beach also features developments by Diamond Bay City, with 15 luxury beach resorts, seaside villas, marinas, international schools, luxury shopping malls, amusement parks, a hospital, and a casino.

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    Doc Let Beach

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    Doc Let Beach is situated 45 km north of Nha Trang, offering mid-range and budget accommodations for backpackers and budget travelers looking to relax by the beach. Featuring plenty of palm trees and fishing boats docked offshore, Doc Let is most popular for its salt fields where you can photograph the white salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets across the fields. 

    Unlike the more tourist-friendly Tran Phu Beach, Doc Let Beach is relatively untouched by development save for a handful of small shops and local restaurants. The sand is soft and fine, squeaking underfoot as you walk, and with few others on the beach, Doc Let is the perfect escape.

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    Jungle Beach

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    Jungle Beach in Ninh Phuoc Village is popular among the backpacker community. It offers the ideal relaxing getaway experience thanks to its secluded locale, frills-free accommodations, verdant jungles, and charming fishing villages.

    Set 60 km north of Nha Trang, Jungle Beach us where you can enjoy a day of jungle-trekking and spot wild monkeys, eagles, slow loris, and douc langurs. If you’re looking to stay close to the beach, there are plenty of activities to enjoy as well, including snorkeling, bathing, surfing, and beach volleyball.

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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