Happiness comes in waves. Are you dreaming about going on your next holiday? You might think white sand beaches can only be found somewhere like Punta Cana or Puerto Vallarta — but think again. Even if you can't afford to escape to another country, your staycation can feel like a vacation. We've rounded up beaches in B.C. that are so tropical they're better than a trip to Mexico.

You don't have to go far to enjoy some quality time relaxing next to the splashing water. Our province has no shortage of extraordinary beaches with clear turquoise water and powdery white sand.

Instead of emptying your bank account on a flight to another country, you can find paradise near your home. Some of these locations are so close you can go every day after work if you want, to have the best summer ever.

You could enjoy soft sand between your toes at Tribune Bay. It is a spot that looks so stunning you might not believe it is actually in B.C.

Or you could finally scratch learning how to surf off your wish list, at Cox Bay.

Meanwhile, right in Vancouver, you can enjoy plenty of urban beaches. So grab your bathing suit and towel, and head to Third Beach's golden sand and blue water.

San Josef Bay

Price: Free

Address: San Josef Bay, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is a breathtaking spot on the west coast of Vancouver Island where you can find a 2-kilometre beach complete. One of the best parts of San Josef Bay is you can escape the crowds at other beaches.

Wreck Beach

Price: Free

Address: Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is a glorious 7.8-kilometre stretch of sand, and one of Vancouver's urban beaches. Go bring your beach towel, and spend a picture-perfect relaxing in the sun.

Johnson Lake

Price: Free

Address: Thompson-Nicola O, BC

Why You Need To Go: You won't believe the colour of the water here. It is bright turquoise and looks so stunning, your friends will think you Photoshopped the colour of the water.


Long Beach

Price: Free

Address: Long Beach, Tofino, BC

Why You Need To Go: Here you'll find a sandy stretch of beach as far as the eye can see. It is the longest beach on Vancouver Island, and where you'll want to spend all your weekend.

Third Beach

Price: Free

Address: Third Beach, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel far to get to the beach, Vancouver's beach in Stanley Park is spectacular. Here you spend a lazy day with your friends lounging on a blanket and splashing in the water.

Cox Bay

Price: Free

Address: Cox Bay, Tofino, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is a popular surfing spot with locals, that you need to discover.

Tribune Bay

Price: Free

Address: Tribune Bay Provincial Park, BC

Why You Need To Go: When you see photos of Tribune Bay you can understand why it has the nickname Little Hawaii. Here you'll find bright turquoise water and white sandy beaches.

Jericho Beach

Price: Free

Address: Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is a fantastic spot to go for a romantic walk along the seawall, or to soak up the sunshine next to the water.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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