Singapore's first urban beach at Marina Bay

SINGAPORE - Along the waterfront, across the road from the glossy towers that make up Marina Bay Financial Centre, is a white sandy beach with palm trees, hammocks and deck chairs.

Singapore's first urban beach, located right in the heart of the business district, is similar to the artificial beaches in other parts of the world, including the ones along the bank of the River Seine in Paris in the summer.

The pop-up beach at The Promontory at Marina Bay is one of the highlights of the annual DBS Marina Regatta, now into its fourth year.

It is open to the public and admission is free. Event-goers can also catch the finals of the SEA Games yacht racing from the bay area.

Gourmands can indulge in a variety of food and drink at the food village while thrill seekers can head to a giant pool at the beach where they can try their hand at activities such as stand-up paddling ($12 an hour) and stand-up yoga ($25 an hour).

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Where: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

When: Saturday (June 13) & Sunday (June 14), 11am to 8pm

Nearest MRT: Downtown

Admission: Free, but diners must pay for food and selected activities

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