After the wettest month on record, and then yet more rain, the sun's belated appearance means it's finally time to hit the beach. There are many beautiful beaches in Hong Kong, both big and small, remote and easily accessible, quiet and crowded. Repulse Bay is probably the first beach that springs to mind when thinking of Hong Kong Island options. Located on the southern coast, it's popular with locals, and also a hot tourist attraction. Repulse Bay is the largest beach in Hong Kong. As well as enjoying the sun, sea and sand, you can visit the two large statues of the goddesses Kuan Yin and Tin Hau. There are also convenience stores and restaurants nearby so you don't have to worry about bringing food and drinks. Shek O is another popular weekend seaside destination on the island, while neighbouring Big Wave Bay is a good choice if you enjoy water sports - it's Hong Kong's surfers' paradise. Both beaches are good for stargazing and romantic places to just sit and listen to the waves. Beaches in the New Territories are mainly located in Tuen Mun and Sai Kung. Golden Beach is the first artificial beach open to the public in Hong Kong. There is a rare volleyball court there so you can indulge in Olympian fantasies or watch the professionals - the beach hosts most of the city's tournaments. There are many beautiful beaches scattered around Sai Kung, including a second Big Wave Bay with as big waves and as many water sports lovers as its island counterpart. If you're up early, you can take a ferry from Sai Kung town to some of the small surrounding islands to visit beaches with better water quality and finer sand. Trio Bay is one of the most popular beaches for anyone who doesn't mind travelling. The outlying islands also have some beautiful beaches. Hung Shing Yeh Beach is the most popular beach on Lamma Island with its fine, powder-like sand. Its clean, sparkling water has seen the beach certified Grade 1, signifying excellent water quality. After a blissful day on the sands, you can enjoy a great seafood meal straight from the sea before boarding a ferry home. Lantau Island has several options. Pui O Beach and Cheung Sha Upper Beach are two of the territory's most scenic, safe and family-friendly beaches. Wherever you choose to hang out this summer, don't forget your swimsuit and sunblock!