I will be in the Danang/ Hoi An area in the first week of November.
I've been looking at accommodation and want to stay somewhere beachy (I dont mind spending up to around $150US a night). I cant decide between China Beach or Hoi An beach? Which is the better of the two locations? Gathering that the weather may not be ideal at that time of year, I'd prefer to stay somewhere with more activities/easy distance for day trips etc.
Honestly, it's really the same beach. China Beach , as I understand, is just the nickname for the section of beach between Danang and Hoi An , and the beach just next to Hoi An has a different name, but it's all one strip of sand that is similar the whole way. I went up and down that stretch a handful of times a few months ago, and it all looks nice.
So you should really just look at the specific map locations for hotels you are looking at, as those two terms are probably just English-language marketing addresses rather than actual addresses.
The "China Beach" stretch has hotels that are more spread apart, including a few new ones currently being built. I'd imagine that if you were staying at one of those places you'd be tempted to stay there the whole time since most of them aren't even walking distance apart. And seriously there is nothing else around there for tourists, or even locals. (It's prone to flooding so people live farther inland)
On the other hand, the beach just near Hoi An has several similar resorts on it, but they are next to each other, and there is quite a nice little village there with a few different bars and restaurants plus a public beach. If your hotel is reasonably close to that cluster I'd think you'd have many more options for everything.
Also, Hoi An itself is a wonderful (and touristy) city that you'll want to explore, and probably try some restaurants in, for sure. So I might look for one of those resorts nearest that cluster of things close to Hoi An, unless you prefer the solitude of the China Beach stretch.
I agree that Hoi An 's Cua Dai beach has it all over China Beach, but Cua Dai is somewhat isolated from Hoi An Town - too isolated for me. When I'm in Hoi An, I prefer staying in town and then cycling down to Cua Dai when I want beach time.
Thanks for your help! I feel a little daft that I didnt realise it was all one stretch of beach!
Managed to find a good deal for the Golden Sands at Cua Dai Beach! Cant wait - all I have to do now is pray for good weather!