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Wreck Beach

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University Land Endowments
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Address: University Blvd and South West Marine Drive | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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I spent a number of days at Wreck Beach in the summer of 2015. I was there with my girlfriend. The location is beautiful. The water is nice and refreshing. The opportunity... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
manof1900
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American West
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Access is via a long decent down a steep staircase. The ascent at the end of your day will be an exhausting test of your endurance. Fortunately you don't need much (including a swim suit). Independent vendors stroll the beach offering organic sandwiches, treats and drinks. Done with a beverage and the can will vanish by recycling gremlins within seconds.... More 

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Ponoka, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I knew that there was a nude beach in the Vancouver area and since I had a couple extra days before the convention I decided to check it out . It was a long wrong from the bus stop to beach I went the wrong way a couple of times but eventually reach the stairs as I went down the... More 

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American West
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a number of days at Wreck Beach in the summer of 2015. I was there with my girlfriend. The location is beautiful. The water is nice and refreshing. The opportunity to swim without clothes is great. There were a lot of people enjoying that option. All in all it was a great experience. Both my girlfriend and I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Noisy lots of illegal drugs, naked old men if that's your taste. Now overrun with vendors and noisy young adults, not a great atmosphere if you want somewhere quiet to relax.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

If you walk down by the botanical gardens there is a small beach; then a walk between the trees for about 20 minutes walk to the beach. The walk is fun and there is a small beach on the way. The beach it self is 3 and a half star. There are alot of logs on the beach and between... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

One of the reasons my nephew and I visited this beach was the challenge of going down the ~500+ steps from the street to the beach. It was on a weekend afternoon and it was very crowded. The beach itself was ordinary, nothing to brag about except for the "clothing optional" aspect. Mostly younger people were naked, but there were... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I just came back from Wreck beach. First time to the nude beach but I was aware that people will be naked there. Well, it was not bad. Fine. The sand was mixed with branches and some unknown trashes everywhere so it was not that soft between my toes. I have to mention this first though- I don't know why... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Guess I'm just jaded, not easily shocked, or more refined but either way this is a great way to experience "something different" :)

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

\\\there are cleaner beaches, This is popular but I don't want to hang around a bunch of naked people jumping around. and I am uncomfortable people staring at me. Its not like Paris.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

We didn't realise this beach is optional nudist. We went down the many steps though the forest to be greeted by some folks surveying the appetite for nude beaches. A woman behind us was taking photos of the view across to Vancouver Island and there followed an irate exchange, during which they tried to force her to delete all her... More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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