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English Bay Beach

Beach Ave. | West End, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #45 of 184 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches
Description: Conveniently located near downtown, this beach is a popular place for sunbathing.
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The water is cold year round, brown and filthy. The sand is not much better. The view, however, is lovely and its location in downtown makes bringing a picnic easy. In summer time there is a cool retro water slide made of steel instead of PVC. Great sunsets.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

What a nice place!! A wonderful environment with be most beautiful sunshine I have ever seen! Save time to walk around and enjoy the spirit!

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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

English Bay is a very busy beach, and not just in the Summer. My visiting friends from out-of-town are always surprised to find such a place so close to downtown. Food vendors abound and very nice sit-down restaurants are just across the road. Caution: crossing Beach Avenue can be tricky when there are high volumes of both cars and pedestrians.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I knew what to expect from looking it up beforehand but still could not believe just how close to all the high-rise buildings this beach really is. It's great being able to walk from all the excitement of downtown straight across the road and onto the beach and what a beautiful beach it is. Definitely worth a visit

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Rescue, Ca.
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The ultimate big city beach. Close to many great restaurants and bars. Within walking distance to Stanley Park and Kitsilano Beach. Clean and civilized like Canada herself!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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378 reviews 378 reviews
181 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is why Vancouver is so cool. It has its now beach not far from town where you can chill out, stroll or get some great food. Stopped off by jumping off the Hop on Hop off bus which circles Vancouver.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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329 reviews 329 reviews
221 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It is great having a beach so near to the hustle and bustle of the city. You can sit here and relax while watching all that is going on or just stroll about. Nearby are lots of eating places so you cannot get bored.

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Red Lodge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Absolutely love this place. Probably spent most of time here. It's a beautiful walk in the day time, but also in the evening as well. Going down when the sun is about to set is so worth it. I was also crazy enough to go down in the early hours of the morning, and it was just incredible. I imagine... More

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Hong Kong, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

A peaceful place, and a decent beach especially for people who love viewing sunset. Also the beach is in a location easy to reach, city bus will be your friend if you want to go there.

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La Herradura, Spain
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94 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

English Bay beach is a lovely beach near Downtown and Denman Street with lots of restaurants and places to eat and drink. Amazing to think this is a city beach, so nice yet so close to the city. It's a good place for people watching with lots of people walking, cycling and skating along by the beach. Nice relaxed atmosphere... More

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