Apart from the strong cultural heritage and great history, North Sumatra also has some of the quality beaches in Indonesia. In general, Medan is not really the best tourist destination if you are searching for pristine white sand beaches and islands. However, due to its strategic location and the availability of airports and seaports, it becomes a suitable stepping stone to various weekend getaway places like the island of Penang in Malaysia, Brastagi and the very beautiful Lake Toba. There are no beaches for swimming in Medan but large swimming pools are available for people who want to relax and chill out, especially during scorching summer months.
Perhaps, the nearest beach you can visit in Medan is the Cermin Beach, located in Serdang Bedagai, which is 45 kilometers from Medan. Although not too long, Cermin Beach has a clean and clear white sand beach, on the east of Sumatra, facing Malacca Strait. Currently, access to Cermin Beach is quite good with road condition wide and smoothly cemented, making the entire trip comfortable. Beginning from Simpang 3 Perbaungan, you can enjoy sightseeing along the way with the scenery full of cacao and palm tree plantations. [Read more…]