Life in Port Dickson, or 'PD' to locals, centers on the beaches, especially Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon, which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding green landscape and the open sea. This is where most of the accommodation in Port Dickson is found, ranging from large, all-inclusive resorts to private bungalows and villas. Beach activities include snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing and, of course, swimming. It's also possible to charter a boat from the yacht club and spend a day exploring more remote portions of the coastline.
While days typically begin and end on the beach in Port Dickson, there is ample opportunity to get out and explore. Cape Rachado Forest Reserve is a major attraction encircling the cape where the Portuguese built their 16th-century lighthouse to guide ships to the Port of Malacca. Ascend to the observation deck for panoramic views of the sea and, weather permitting, the not-so-distant coast of Sumatra. Walking down the 63 steps next to the lighthouse, a jungle trek takes visitors to a secluded beach.
A footprint embedded in a rock, about 50 meters to the right of the track, is said to be that of Hang Tuah, the legendary Malay warrior of the 15th century. Raptors migrate in huge flocks over the top of Port Dickson every March and April, making this an especially captivating time to visit.
A colorful night market operates on Saturday nights, and sells everything from fresh vegetables to shoes and T-shirts. Seafood is a major component in local dishes, sold from local hawker stalls as well as in fine international restaurants. Fish cooked in a thick gravy of coconut milk and served with rice cooked in bamboo is a local delicacy.
With Kuala Lumpur only an hour's drive away, the area is a popular weekend retreat for locals, but the atmosphere is relatively quiet mid-week. A regular ferry service connects to and from Sumatra.