No list of Vancouver's best beaches would be complete without the legendary Kitsilano Beach, better known as Kits Beach. Kits beach is located just across from downtown Vancouver. There are lots to do, from swimming laps in the outdoor saltwater pool to playing tennis, basketball, or beach volleyball. Your four-legged friends are welcome at the designated dog beach, where dogs can happily tucker themselves out running in and out of the ocean. There are plenty of restaurants and shops.
English Bay Beach
Overlooking the English Bay, English Bay Beach offers an oceanside sanctuary in the otherwise busy West End of downtown Vancouver. You can even take a bike and head to Stanley Park, which is on the right side of English Bay Beach. English Bay Beach is lovely beach with plenty of people watching.
Jericho is a lovely beach between Kitsilano and West Point Grey neighborhoods, also quite a version of Kitsilano Beach. It's home to some of Vancouver's posher facilities, like the members-only Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. The adjacent park area features a network of winding trails- the ideal place for a dog or trail run!
If you're looking for a family beach that offers something for everyone that it is Second Beach! Nestled at the south end of Stanley Park, Second Beach is surrounded by trees and overlooks English Bay and the Burrard Inlet.
Wreck Beach is a beach quite unlike any others on this list. For one, it's the only one located at the University of British Columbia. You'll have to head to the campus to visit, and even then, you'll have to put in plenty of legwork to find it. The beach is tucked away at the base of a cliff, and you'll have to descend 500 steps to get here.
Spanish Banks Beach
With views of the city skyline, Spanish Banks Beach is similar to Kits beach and Jericho beach. It's the optimal place to stake a picnic table to host a barbecue, with unreal views over the water and of the city.
If you're lapping Stanley Park's seawall- on foo or by bike, schedule some time to pull over and enjoy Third Beach. Because it's deeper into the park and farther from the city centre, the crowds tend to be sparser than nearby English Bay Beach and Second Beach.
Sunset Beach sits on the mouth of False Creek and offers quick and easy access from downtown Vancouver. As the name suggests, plenty of people enjoy heading to Sunset Beach to watch the day come close.