Kata Beach is a 1.5-km strip of golden sand and is considered one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Hundreds of people come each day to soak up the sun and swim in the sea. Often busy but never crowded, this beach is pleasing in many ways.
During the north-east monsoon season (November to April), the warm sea is often as flat as a pancake, crystal clear and turquoise in colour. The south-west monsoon season (May to October) can make for rougher swimming conditions, but it’s at this time of year that the surfers flock to enjoy the waves. On days when red warning flags are flying, you should not enter the water due to dangerous rip tides and swells but on these days you probably wouldn’t want to go to the beach anyway.
Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100 Thailand