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Kuura South Beach
Beautiful coastlineThe beach front is pleasant enough, but where it really shines is the rocky shoreline which extends west from the right hand side of the bay. The base of the rock face is pitted with crags and small caves, no doubt the product of hundreds of thousands of years of exposure to the elements.
Quality SandLet's be honest, while Ishigaki's coastline is beautiful, the quality of its sand can leave a little to be desired. This is a natural consequence of the fact that coral reefs are often found just meters from the shoreline, and broken fragments inevitably being washed in by the tide. This beach is a real surprise in this respect, with the sand quality being up there with the best spots on the island. This is possibly a product of the fact that the water is quite shallow, with very little coral being located close to shore.
Beware the tide
If you chose to take a stroll up the right hand side of the beach then do keep an eye on what the tide is doing.
The shallow nature of the bay means that the ocean may rapidly creep up the beach and potentially flood into the caves when the tide shifts from low to high. In good weather this is unlikely to pose a real problem for most people, but it's always wise to avoid being surprised by the ocean.
It goes without saying that this beach has no facilities whatsoever, so it's advised to bring some refreshments and a beach towel along with you – this would make a great spot for a picnic. Also note that there is no net to protect bathers from jelly fish. However, the popular Sunset Beach lies just a few minutes drive up the road. Head back south you'll soon arrive in the town of Ibaruma.
How to find this beach
The beach is located just south of the town of Kuura (hence for want of a better name we've named it 'Kuura South'), and being visible from the road it is relatively easy to find. Keep your eyes out as you get closer – as you pass over the brow of a hill you'll see the beach on your left, with the entrance pictured below lying a couple of hundred meters ahead.