You can catch a bus from Downtown that takes you to the UBC bus loop so you get to admire the beautiful campus as you make your way to the beach. The beach itself is very nice, soft sand with minimal rock and debris and the water is not too deep. The water wasn't too cold either. Everyone seemed friendly and totally relaxed. There were even a few families there. The walk back up the stairs throws your relaxing day out the window but it is a good workout. I will definitely visit again.