Major areas include:
Yalong Bay (亚龙湾) is a 7.5 km stretch of beach, located 40 minutes from the airport. The area has been developed into a high end holiday destination with luxury resorts, golf courses, restaurants, and a new marina. The beach is well maintained and attracts high profile guests and residents. Be prepared for pay a premium compared to other parts of Sanya.
Dadong Bay (大东海) has Sanya’s best balance between development and natural beauty. The town behind Dadong Bay is more expensive than Sanya, but has better restaurants and a gorgeous beach. The shopping, however, is not as good as Sanya city’s. The ocean has algae blooms that vary the water from thick green to tropically clear. However, even when “tropically clear” the ocean bed is just sand with a rare school of fish or eel. See the beach both in the morning, at sunset (sets gorgeously over the hills), and at night (when people are very scarce). Check out the trails that lead between tide pools along the Westernmost rocks of the beach. The tip of the trail has a dramatic view of the ocean and a deep and deadly ocean cave.
Sanya Bay – stretches around 25 km, but being a public beach it can get very crowded and dirty in particular during Chinese New Year and other peak seasons. It is lined with seafood restaurants and multiple fisherman use pull huge fishing nets directly onto beach.
Haitang Bay is an up and coming development covering 42.8 km of beach. This area has many international hotels slated to open in the next few years. It is 35 minutes away from the airport, and is home of the largest duty free shopping mall in China.
Serenity Coast Extensive residential and resort complex with several international hotels, a world-class yacht club and Luihuito Golf Course
While tourists come in every season, the peak season starts from 1 October to the end of winter. During the winter, Sanya is a popular escape for Russians who primarily stay at Dadong Hai (大东海). In the Chinese New Year, the city will be flooded with tourists and expect everything to be extremely expensive.