After a long, cold winter, we're all dreaming about tropical beaches and sunny escapes. You don't have to book an expensive getaway down south to enjoy the white sand and blue waters. Ontario has several exotic places that will make you feel as if you've jetted off to an island oasis. From towering palm trees to boozy Tikki bars, you can spend every weekend in the Caribbean at Ontario's tropical spots.
No need to pack a bag or get your passport renewed to visit these beautiful escapes.
Ontario may be known for its rugged landscapes and rocky shores, but it also has a few hidden paradises that are straight out of a Caribbean resort.
Sandbanks Provincial Park is home to the world's largest bay mouth barrier sand dune formations, and you can spend the day basking in mountains of white sand.
The Grotto is always a popular destination, with its crystal blue waters and magical cave pool.
You can party like you're at a sunny resort at the Shameful Tiki Room, an exotic bar serving all sorts of fruity drinks in themed glasses.
Start planning your warm-weather getaway right here in Ontario by adding these spots to your bucket list.
You can also visit swimming places with the bluest water for some dreamy summer adventures.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Price: $2 + per adult
Address: 3004 County Rd. 12 RR#1, Picton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Spend the day at the world's largest bay mouth barrier sand dune formations at this tropical beach oasis.
Port Dover Beach
Address: Port Dover, ON
Why You Need To Go: Set on the coast of Lake Erie, the towering palm trees on this beach will transport you to the Caribbean.
Shameful Tiki Room
Price: Prices vary.
Address: 1378 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you don't want to leave the city, this Toronto bar will whisk you away to a Caribbean island with its tropical decor and exotic drinks.
Southampton Dunes Beach
Address: 49 High St., Southampton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Watch incredible sunsets as you lounge on sandy dunes at this gorgeous stretch of beach.
Price: Fees vary
Address: 469 Cyprus Lake Rd., Tobermory, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Grotto is known for its turquoise waters and mystical cave. Only a few hours from Toronto, you'll feel as though you've hopped on a plane for a southern vacation.
Address: Sugar Beach, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: This adorable beach in Toronto is known for its rosy umbrellas that give the area a resort vibe.
Address: 19 Horticultural Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can see all sorts of exotic plants in this jungle paradise, including bananas, hibiscus, and palms.
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.