You don't need to use up all your days off from work to fly to another country to lounge on the sand. Instead, you can explore closer to home and make your staycation feel like you've left Canada. To help you have a fun-filled summer, we've made a list of spots you'll want to check out ASAP. Here are seven beaches in B.C. that feel like a vacation in the Caribbean.

Are you tired of going to Kits Beach or English Bay on repeat? If so, then it's time to shake things up. Our province boasts so many places that are are a swimmer's paradise with exotic vibes.

From June to the end of August, grab your bathing suit, sunscreen and snacks and enjoy the sunshine. The summertime is when you want to lay on your towel on a long stretch of powdery sand or take a dip in the aqua water.

With so many options, you could explore a new spot every weekend to keep things exciting. 

So it's time to pack up the car and get outdoors. The only question is, where to go first?

Gyro Beach

Address: 3400 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC 

Why You Need To Go: Relax on this long stretch of white sand in Kelowna. In the summer, you'll want to spend your days here lounging in the sun, or enjoying a picnic.


Skaha Lake

Address: Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll quickly forget you're still in B.C as you lounge at Skaha Lake, which looks like it could be somewhere tropical. The beach boasts golden sand and the water is so inviting you'll want to spend all your time swimming.


Mystic Beach

Address: 650 W. Coast Rd., Port Renfrew, BC

Why You Need To Go: Mystic Beach is worth the drive as there's so much more than just water and a sandy shoreline. Here, you'll also find a swing next to a waterfall where you can soar through the sky.


Sun-Oka Beach

Address: Okanagan Hwy., Summerland, BC

Why You Need To Go: Grab your pool inflatable and enjoy the sunshine coasting on the glistening blue water of Okanagan Lake. Sun-Oka Beach also boasts plenty of shady picnic areas, so pack a lunch and spend the entire day.


Hot Sands Beach

Address: 1600 Abbott St., Kelowna, BC

Why You Need To Go: Conveniently located next to downtown Kelowna, you can easily go for a quick dip in the waves to cool down in the summer. Head here on weekends to swim, walk along the boardwalk or feel like a kid again and build sandcastles.


Cox Bay Beach

Address: Tofino, BC

Why You Need To Go: Have you always wanted to learn how to surf? You don't need to fly to Australia or Hawaii — you can try to ride a wave at Cox Bay Beach instead.


Tribune Bay Beach

Address: Tribune Bay Provincial Park, BC

Why You Need To Go: The water is so stunning here your jaw will drop. Tribune Bay is nicknamed "Little Hawaii" because of its beautiful crystal-clear 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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