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The perfect spot to see the sea

Located on the northeastern tip of Taiwan, Bitou Cape is a nature lover’s dream, and it has some of the finest coastal views in the country

By Andrew Crosthwaite  /  Contributing Reporter

If you’re in need of cooling down after you’ve finished your hike, try the Bitou and Longdong Bay Geology Park (鼻頭龍洞地質公園). It’s about 500m south of the trailhead and has a marine swimming pool that is open to the sea except for a few large rocky outcrops jutting out of the water. There are lifeguards on duty, a smaller children’s play pool and plenty of space to lie back and soak up the sun. If you feel hungry, try the cafe in the park or head back to Bitou for some freshly caught seafood at one of the inexpensive restaurants next to the sea. The town’s harbor is always pretty, but if you happen to see it filled with blue and white fishing vessels, you should count yourself lucky because this is when it’s at its most charming.

Bitou proves the old saying that good things come in small packages. I can’t think of many better places to spend a day by the sea.

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