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Wreck Beach

University Blvd and South West Marine Drive | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
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Ranked #50 of 188 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Wreck Beach is Vancouver's famous nudist beach. Protected from prying eyes by a steep cliff and a descent of nearly 500 wooden steps, Vancouverites... more »
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Philadelphia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I understand the attraction of a place like this -- barren, mostly unspolied clothing-optional beach at the literal end of the landmass. But those 500 steps .. the climb back up poses a serious challenge to anyone with cardiac problems, or simply 30 years past his physical prime, as I am. Beyond that, the only other people there the day... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Wreck Beach is quirky, rustic and off the beaten path, especially for those who appreciate a counterculture feel. The hundreds of stairs you must climb down is a bit daunting, but totally worth it! Once there, you're met with an amazing view including Bowen Island and many times there will be people selling various items. The day I was there,... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Came across this beach and all I can say is wow. It's a nudist beach but not your typical old men walking around balls naked. This beach was packed full off mid 20 and it was a great atmosphere . Beach is nice too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Beautiful beach to go out with your friends and just chill out naked on the sun. But for some reason there is always someone screaming about pictures, not a quiet place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Warning: there is a homeless bum who lives under a blue umbrella at the bottom of the stairs at this beach, and likes to pull out a film camera and take random pictures of people on the beach....avoid that area and you will be fine. Also watch for the random old men that like to walk up and down and... More

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Woodstock, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What else is there to say? Naked people, water, sand. Kind of nice that no one bothers you and it's really, really quiet. Great place to relax and you don't have to get naked if you don't want to. Little hard to find the trails and avoid #6 at all costs! Lots and lots of stairs to climb!

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Langley City, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is one beach(nudist beach)optional that will amaze you and educate at the same time. But there is 498 stairs to go down....then the hard part all the way up....But it is a true experience!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

After almost 20 years of going to Wreck Beach, I will be avoiding this place until something is done about the vagrants that now plague the beach. I live within walking distance, but could not be asked to suffer one more day on this overcrowded beach, where the homeless and severely-intoxicated encroach on my blanket, striking up phoney conversations whilst... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This beach is very difficult to access. Parking is a mess as well. Once you get to it - all you see is an ugly beach. Don't waste your time - go to a CA, OR, or WA beach for real beauty.

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Toronto, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I cycled over to Wreck Beach from Yaletown (downtown Vancouver) and had a great ride out. It's about a 13K ride ach way and takes anywhere between 45 mins - 1 hr to get there, depending on the route and the speed at which you travel. I took the bike trail (seaside trail?) that goes around UBC and passed some... More

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