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English Bay Beach

Beach Ave. | West End, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #46 of 185 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches
Description: Conveniently located near downtown, this beach is a popular place for sunbathing.
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Tucson, Arizona
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331 reviews 331 reviews
107 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Anyone visiting Vancouver's West End generally ends up at this beach, if only for a few minutes to look around. Its urban location at the edge of Stanley Park makes it a favorite spot for city dwellers and visitors alike. The beach offers grass and sand; and I often sprawl on the grass for a while after walking the portion... More

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I was so amazed by all the people that were just lazing around, sure it was Sunday afternoon but they all looked so relaxed sitting on the grass, some were sleeping, others were playing in the water while others were enjoying a family picnic in the shade of those marvelous trees. So make yourself a picnic and head here from... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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23 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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27 helpful votes 27 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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36 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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