Cua Dai Beach
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Cua Dai is one of just five Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites offering an unrivalled seaside escape from the ancient streets of Hoi An. This 4km stretch of fine white powdery sands positioned just north-east of Hoi An make Cua Dai Beach the perfect place to easily find your own patch of paradise. White sandy beach, deep blue sea, pristine water, bright sunshine, cool sea breeze, sloping sea floor – the perfect description of Hoi An beach. The clear water with tropically blue waves are gentle enough for swimming and floating around. There are even changing huts on the beach along with a few bungalows there.
Enjoying Cua Dai beach does not come for free and you will be expected to purchase a drink or some fresh fruit from one of the local hawkers, especially if you are not renting a sun lounger. It’s worth heading to Cua Dai Beach during the week when the sands will be virtually deserted. Weekends, however, tend to get busy. Its also best to visit from April to August when swimming is safest. There are a few high-end resorts and other budget accommodation located within the vicinity should you wish to stay for longer. To get to Cua Dai, fly into Danang International Airport then catch a taxi. It takes around 30 minutes to get to the beach and if you are heading from Hoi An then the taxi should take no more than 10 minutes.
The Best Time to Visit Cua Dai Beach
Depending on what you want to get out of your beach experience, you can visit Cua Dai Beach either early in the morning or late afternoon. In the early morning start your day off peacefully, maybe with some morning meditation or a jog. Around 4pm the beach starts to get busy, with families arriving after school and tourists enjoying the coolest part of the day.
Street (Beach) Food
Entering Cua Dai Beach on the northern end near Beachside Seafood Cafe, there is an evening barbecue every day on the beach, run by a Vietnamese family. They sell mostly fried shrimp, scallops and other seafood local to the area. Beer costs about 20,000 VND (0.87 USD). Sitting on the beach, eating seafood, drinking beer and chatting is a pretty great way to spend your evening.