Sandy white beaches, lush jungle and swaying palm trees—Hainan Island has them all in abundance, and Sanya (Sānyà, 三亚), on the southern coast, is the best place to base yourself for swimming, water sports and sun bathing. Stay at one of the new Sanya luxury hotels along the gorgeous coastline, find budget accommodation in town or hobnob with the backpacking set at one of a number of pleasant hostels (see Sanya hotels for more). Wherever you stay, however you won't be far from the water. You can join the crowds on the popular beaches of Yalong Bay, visit Buddhist temples or linger in tropical gardens and see rare Macaque monkeys on Nanwan Monkey Island. 

If you're after a little privacy and a more pristine beach experience, hire a driver, ride a bicycle or take a taxi to one of the island's more remote spots. Today, what was quite recently a quiet fishing port has become home to luxury resort hotels like the Marriot, Resort Horizon, Intercontinental Sanya and the Ritz-Carlton, just to name a few. Although a bit sleepy and sparsely populated by Chinese standards, there's plenty to do in Sanya when you're not lounging by the surf—the bustling night markets are a must and there are a growing number of restaurants, bars and clubs to help you relax after a hard day at the beach.

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