Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Macau Trip: Day at the Beach

A suggestion for a lazy day in Macau is taking a trip out to the Lord Stow's Bakery (…the cafe is also right there around the corner) and heading to Black Sand Beach.

Both places are located on the southeast side of Coloane Island.

In the morning, we caught a taxi from The Venetian over to Lord Stow's Bakery.  This place is famous for creating the egg tart.  It also has a variety of pastries and breads for a hungry breakfast-minded stomach.

For those who are not into pastries, there is also a huge menu for sandwiches and salads.

We picked up a few of their famous egg tarts, which were delicious and consumed before I realized I didn't take a proper photo of them.  The egg tarts were the typical Portuguese type of egg tart, with the lovely flaky pie crust.  Yum!

We also got a breakfast/energy bar and bagel for the road.

There was also a refrigerator full of yogurts and juices.  We picked up a raspberry yogurt without sugar added and washed our egg tarts down while sleepily taking in the view right to the side of Lord Stow's Bakery.

I love seeing windmills!

The location of this particular Lord Stow's is:

1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau

They open at 7 am and close at 10 pm.

If you are staying around The Venetian, you can actually just catch bus 25 out here because the bus also continues to the Black Sand Beach, where we spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon.

***Some pictures of the area around Lord Stow's Bakery***

After wandering around the area for an hour or so, we caught bus 25 to Black Sand Beach, which was the terminal.

I don't recall how much the bus fee was, but it's ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO CARRY CHANGE!!!!!!

It was only about a 10 minute drive down to the beach from Lord Stow's Bakery.

We got to the beach around 10 am-ish and it was barren, which is always a lovely sight!  It was actually baking hot that morning, but we bunkered down a spot on the beach and surrounded ourselves with umbrellas.  I'm not sure if you can make out everyone else on the beach, but everyone is sheltering their bodies under their personal umbrellas as well.

Though there is a designated swim area, most people stayed pretty close to the shore.  The water was pretty clean though….

There are public restrooms, changing rooms, and also kiosks for beverages and snacks along the beach and near the parking lot.

This was a good break away from the casino, actually.  It made me really feel like I was on a holiday, but it was really too hot to be there past 2 pm, when we decided to head back to the hotel.  But, this is a great place to just chill and bask in some sun (when it isn't as hot as it is now).

This place was in our guidebook and we both were really surprised at how beautifully empty of tourists and serene this area was.

Two thumbs up for returning!