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Beach destinations for people who don't like the beach

June 15, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
China Beach

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Da Nang, Vietnam

Mainly known as central Vietnam's harbor city, Da Nang also has some of the best beaches in the region. It boasts almost 20 miles of sandy coastline, a growing collection of upscale beach resorts and a wide oceanfront boulevard. The famous China Beach, once a popular spot for American military personnel stationed in Vietnam in the 1960s, offers a number of on-the-sand amenities and surfable waves. Locals prefer to head to centrally located My Khe Beach or to Non Nuoc Beach, which sits outside Da Nang's main urban core. The list of attractions goes well beyond the seashore, however. The city's unbelievably fresh seafood, numerous shopping options and historic sites like Marble Mountain and a museum featuring ancient Cham artifacts give tourists plenty to do when it's time to step away from the sand.