Spanish Banks Beach
- Type: Beaches, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Spanish Banks boasts a few features that set it apart from the city's other beloved shorelines. "This one has a special mix of cultivated parkland and wild ocean beach with views of downtown Vancouver... to the northeast and of the Salish Sea to the northwest," one TripAdvisor explained. Thanks to its location about 5 miles northwest of downtown Vancouver, Spanich Banks is the least crowded and most quiet. It's also the best place to try your hand at skimboarding — a cross between surfing and skateboarding — due to the low tidal conditions (at low tide the water is more than half a mile off shore). If the ocean water is too chilly, there are plenty of volleyball courts available for pick-up games.
Spanish Banks Beach, which is free to access, is situated a little more than 5 miles northwest of central Vancouver. The easiest way to get there is by car, but several bus routes also service the area. Parking is free. To find out more about the facilities offered at the beach, consult the Vancouver Parks and Recreation website.
Nearby Things To Do
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology2.0 miles away
Kitsilano Beach2.8 miles away
Granville Island3.6 miles away
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver4.1 miles away
Club Intrawest — Vancouver4.1 miles away
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre4.0 miles away