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Taiwan is full of beaches that look idyllic. And in summer, these empty beaches fill up all over the north coast. Many swimmers take the to the sea because they haven’t got pools in their homes. Still, you’ll see people with pool floats and all manner of swimming pool equipment trying to enjoy the summer sun and sea.

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I love the beach, but I can’t swim! Even if I could, I would still limit my swimming to pools as there are dangerous rip tides and undercurrents that can pull even the strongest swimmers out to sea. Paddling is fine, though! I just wish my skin was better able to handle the sun!