As Canadians, we boast some of the most beautiful beaches around thanks to our coastal provinces on the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. If you’re a beach bum, you know the only thing better than hitting the beach in the summer is hitting the beach in the winter. Here’s our round up of the Best Beach Vacations For Canadians You Haven’t Thought Of so you can enjoy amazing beaches year-round.
Basin Head Beach, PEI
Just over an hour drive from Charlottetown, Basin Head is on the eastern tip of PEI. Stay in Charlottetown at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Charlottetown so you are centrally located and can explore everything Canada’s smallest province has to offer. You’ll love Basin Head for it’s pure white sandy beaches with gentle ocean breezes. The “Singing Sands”, unique to this area, is named after the sand that squeaks as you walk through it. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the bridge jump into the run and end your day with the best ice cream in the world.
Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia
Plan your trip to Lawrencetown if you want to surf. Yes, you can surf in Canada and one of the best places is just 35 minutes outside of Halifax. It’s not uncommon to see both local and international surfers catching waves year-round, even in the winter. If you visit in September, you’ll experience some of the best waves when tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean move north. Sign up for a surfing lesson and you’ll be catching waves in no time at all. If you’re not into surfing, it’s still a great place to come and enjoy some fun in the sun in July and August. There’s a supervised swimming area which is great for families. We recommend staying in Halifax at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Downtown Halifax so you’re a close drive to the beach but can also take in all the amazing culinary delights and attractions Halifax has to offer.
Vancouver is home to ten stunning beaches. Hang out and play volleyball on Kits Beach (the Venice Beach of Canada), go skimboarding at Spanish Banks, go kayaking at Jericho Beach or enjoy your free spirit at Wreck Beach. Vancouver’s beaches have incredible mountain views and fresh Pacific Ocean air. With amazing food and shops surrounding these beaches, it’s not difficult to feel like a local. Vancouver’s mild year-round temperatures make it a great getaway throughout the year and means you can usually enjoy the beaches from May to October. Stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver Downtown and you’ll be minutes away from all the beach action.
What’s a list of beaches without mentioning the Caribbean? The drinks, food, adventures and music are all the things that make a beach vacation to the Caribbean unforgettable. Most Canadians have heard of (and probably visited) the more popular destinations like The Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. For your next trip, try Trinidad or Aruba.
In Trinidad, stay at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel & Conference Centre and explore the Port of Spain. Hit up the Botanical Gardens dating back to 1818 and historic Stollmeyer’s Castle while soaking in the culture of this city down south. Where you should spend some time though is Maracas Bay Beach, about a 40 minute drive hidden behind mountainous rainforests. It’s a great beach for body or board surfing and if you’re feeling brave, try the bake and shark – a local street food.
If white, endless sandy beaches are more your style, try Aruba. Stay at the Hilton Aruba Carribean Resort & Casino and you’ll be just a few minutes away from Eagle Beach which was voted one of the world’s top 10 Beaches on TripAdvisor because of the crystal clear water and incredibly soft sand. You’ll be impressed by the water – it’s warm, clean and incredibly blue.
The Boston area might not seem like an obvious beach destination, but spend a few days in New England and you will get your fill of sand, water activities and incredible seafood. First up on our list of beaches you should check out is Plum Island Beach. This is the perfect beach for kayaking, trying your hand at fishing or even going whale watching. Stay at the Hampton Inn Amesbury and your whole family will enjoy a free breakfast while being only a 20 minute drive away.
If you’re planning on staying in Boston, check out Veteran’s Beach, Hyannis, which has been voted one of the most picture worthy beaches on Cape Cod. You can hop on the seasonal Cape Flyer train that leaves Boston’s South Station and ends directly in Hyannis on Cape Cod. Make sure you make time for breakfast at Persy’s Place, a local favourite with a never-ending menu.
Another great place to stay is the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall where you can easily catch the 90 minute Provincetown Ferry which will take you to Race Point Beach. Get your seafood fix at famed The Lobster Pot, or enjoy a communal experience with the best New England Clam Chowder and crispy cod tacos at The Canteen. Make sure you leave some time to explore the Race Point Lighthouse and the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station that was built in 1897 by the US Coast Guard.
If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, take your beach vacation to another level and spend a weekend in luxury at Ho‘olei. Situated in the exclusive Wailea Resort area on Maui’s sunny southwest shore, this private enclave will provide a beach experience like no other. Wake up and enjoy an energizing yoga session on Wailea beach, relax in a beach hammock while sipping on a beverage during the day and as the sun sets, sit back and relax while taking in a beachside luau.