Shek O Beach

Y’all. Something’s happened.

I have a sunburn. I almost never sunburn (thanks to my native Pacific Islander skin, right?). But alas, after a few months in Edinburgh where the sun is something most Scots see in movies and read about in books and a couple months in the Alps where only my nose saw any sunlight on the slopes, my body was unprepared for the warm, bright sunshine here in Hong Kong.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

But I was craving it. So with a full Saturday morning free my friend, Peter, offered to give me a lift to Shek O beach, a popular destination that is about a 25 minute motorcycle ride from central Hong Kong.

The ability to go from city life and a concrete jungle that’s packed with people to a lush, exotic landscape in an hour or less is one of my favorite things about Hong Kong. It is one of the few places I could really see myself being satisfied with a so-called “staycation.”

So before I knew it, I had left the heart of the city and was digging my toes in the sand for the first time in ages.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

After parking the bike, Peter haggled for us to rent an umbrella and mats from one of the many women selling supplies on the beach. We noticed that other visitors (mostly gweilos) were paying the women a lot more than we did for our rentals so I definitely think it helped that Peter speaks Cantonese.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

Getting our umbrella set up

Peter parked himself under the umbrella anticipating that this would be too much sun for him but I laid out in the sun (sorry, Mom!) to try and get a wee tan. It was such a warm day and actually for me, it was a really hot day considering I had been living in the Swiss Alps. I was shocked to see people walking around in jeans and boots and anything that wasn’t purely shorts, tanks, and swimwear.

 

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

backpackers without beach gear

There were a lot of hikers stopping through and paragliders in the sky, but I was one of the few people above the age of 5 that wanted to get into the water. It was pretty chilly at first but after the initial shock of cold I was lovin’ it. But again, I think I was the only one.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

As we were getting ready to leave I noticed my skin getting a bit irritated, but thought maybe it was from the sand. Turns out- nope, a light sunburn. Lucky for me my Filipina skin managed to stay strong and after tons of moisturizing, my sunburn has now turned into that light tan I had hoped for.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

Peter feeling deceptively confident under the beach umbrella

Peter on the other hand wasn’t so lucky. After skipping sunscreen, but staying under the umbrella the entire morning, he still ended up looking like a lobster.

Oh gweilos.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

what we should have done

I can’t wait to explore Hong Kong’s other beaches (with sunscreen on) and possibly make some trips to other beaches in Southeast Asia.

Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach Shek O Beach - a beautiful day in Hong Kong's Shek O Beach

What are you tips for being out in the sun? Where are your favorite beaches to visit?

Yum
  • A day at the beach sounds so amazing right now! When I am spending all day outside I make sure to drink a lot of water and reapply my sunscreen, oh and wear a big floppy hat, because they are cute and protect your face:)

    • I DEFINITELY need to wear sunscreen next time. And thanks for reminding me to wear a hat

  • I’m very jealous of your sun right now! There’s nothing more that I’d like than to be at a beach! xx

    • Get yourself out of London and to a beach STAT 🙂

  • Thank you for reminding me that there is sunshine in the world!!
    Glad your burn wasn’t too hideous too!
    M x

    • Yes I’m so glad my sunburn wasn’t any worse. Lesson learned!

  • It looks so nice to be there. In Texas, the wind is so cold this morning. Oh to be on a beach!

    • It will be warm/sweltering hot in Texas soon enough 🙂

  • So lucky! It looks beautiful and that you are having a great time!

    • Thanks! It was so nice being able to make such a quick trip to a lovely beach

  • Looks so beautiful! Even though it’s sunny here it’s still chilly (and sadly there are no beaches in AZ). I’ve acquired a collection of floppy hats from – literally – all over the world. With the southern accent and a little attitude, they are so much fun to rock! Soak it up & have a fabulous time!!

    • I definitely need a hat for these beach outings. Maybe I’ll pick one up here and start my collection

  • The beach looks nice!

    • So nice. Especially considering how close it is to the city. Much better than Galveston

  • I want to go the the beach so bad and that one looks lovely! Great photos.

    • Thank you! I always crave the beach the most in the winter

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  • My favorite beaches? The ones from Belize, hands down!
    Great photos.

    • I’ll have to do some research and add some Belize beaches to my travel bucket list!

  • I have yet to travel to Hong Kong but have always wanted the opportunity. After stumbling onto this post I will have to make it a priority to travel to not only Hong Kong but furthermore, Shek O Beach. It looks like a great time. The pictures are beautiful and it looks like a nice getaway. Great post, thank you for sharing!

    -Sara