East Coast Park (or ECP, as the locals call it) is a beach park located on the southeastern coast of Singapore. Opened in the 1970s, This 185 hectare park is the largest park in Singapore, and is built entirely on reclaimed land with a man-made beach, where swimming is possible.
SBS Bus 401 stops along the East Coast Service Road from Bedok MRT on the weekends. Underpasses link the park to the nearby Marine Parade housing estate. Many families comes to ECP for some quality beach time, as unlike those found over at Sentosa in the west, these beaches at ECP are completely free.
The park is a popular place for people to relax and enjoy themselves. The park has barbecue pits, chalets, food and beverage, and amenities for sports activities. A cycling and inline skating track runs along the perimeter of the park, which measures over 15km long. Obviously, though, the beach is among the biggest draws for locals and tourists alike. I was interested to see it for myself and take a stroll along the infamous Bedok Jetty, but I wasn’t too impressed with the beach, and I certainly preferred the likes of Siloso and Palawan beaches over at Sentosa.
The East Coast Seafood Centre was opened at the same time as the East Coast Park, with eight restaurants serving seafood, including local favourites such as chilli crab and sambal stingray. ECP is probably the best place to eat seafood in Singapore, as it seems to have fresher dishes than you would find over at Boat Quay, Sentosa, or in some 5 star hotels – and given that most of the dining tables are placed outdoors, diners are able to dine while enjoying the sea breeze and sights of the numerous ships anchored in the Singapore Strait! Ah, so that’s where they catch all this fish?