Travelers to Sabah can join the locals gathering on Tanjung Aru’s short esplanade, Prince Philip park, and late-night food court. The down-to-earth ambiance makes Tanjung Aru a great place to relax, gaze at the sunset, and dine on seafood caught only hours earlier.

Tanjung Aru (Malay for “Casuarina Beach”) can be found just four miles south of the Sabah capital in Malaysia: a 1.3-mile stretch of coarse sand facing the west where locals can be found gathering for picnics and posing for sunset selfies. Tanjung Aru is Kota Kinabalu’s iconic beach, as much a part of the local lore as Bondi Beach is to Sydney or Copacabana is to Rio de Janeiro.

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