The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

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If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

photo: adventuresofedrocker.blogspot.com

photo: adventuresofedrocker.blogspot.com

13. David Lam Park

One of the best urban parks in the city, David Lam Park has lots of green grass that’s perfect for sprawling out on with a great view of False Creek and Vancouver.

 

photo: City Hall Watch

photo: City Hall Watch

12. Trout Lake

An East Van treasure, Trout Lake/John Hendry Park is good to visit all year-round, especially in the summer.  A dog-friendly park and beach with a nice view and lots of lush, green space that’s perfect for skimping down to your bathing suit and swim trunks.

 

photo: Van Mag

photo: Van Mag

11. Granny’s Cove

Hidden in Capilano Canyon near the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, Granny’s Cove is a really cool, secluded destination frequented by younger locals looking to cool off riverside and cliff-jumping daredevils looking to take the plunge.

 

photo: Mapio.net

photo: Mapio.net

10. Ambleside Beach

A gem by the sea, relax and strip down at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver where you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the ocean, and across the water –  Stanley Park and the Vancouver skyline.

 

photo: travelingcanucks.com

photo: travelingcanucks.com

9. Jericho Beach

Swim, picnic, and sunbathe at Jericho Beach just west of Kitsilano. It gets pretty crowded in the summer so get there early and snag a spot by the water.

 

photo: Bernard Parent

photo: Bernard Parent

8. Spanish Banks

A visit to Spanish Banks is a great reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a city like Vancouver.  One of the bigger beaches, there’s plenty of space to lie out and bake at Spanish Banks while enjoying a spectacular view.  It’s also dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch along.

 

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

7.  CRAB Park

CRAB Park is one of the most unknown, underrated, and ‘chillest’ spaces in the city.  Private and peaceful, CRAB Park has a large grassy area and a beach with views of the ports and a nice view of the North Shore mountains. A great little slice of Mother Nature in the city. Dog-friendly.

 

photo: Karen Lee Colangelo

photo: Karen Lee Colangelo

6. Vanier Park

A beautiful public and off-leash dog park, Vanier Park is just a short trip from Downtown Vancouver and a great venue to lay out for the day and experience a front-row view of the sunset.

 

photo: Wiki Images

photo: Wiki Images

5. Harbour Green Park

If you’re in the Coal Harbour area, Harbour Green Park is a great place to lounge on the lovely green grass and watch the cruise ships and harbour planes float and fly into the city.

 

photo: View the Vibe

photo: View the Vibe

4. Kitsilano Beach

Join the endless bronzed, sun-worshipping bodies sprawled out at Kitsilano Beach.  With Kits Pool on site, the dip-worthy ocean, and surrounding cafes and bars, make a day out of sunbathing at Kits Beach!

 

photo: City Hall Watch

photo: City Hall Watch

3. Emery Barnes Park

Escape in the city at family and pet-friendly Emery Barnes Park.  It’s clean and pretty and has a few areas that are apt for lying out in the sun.

 

photo: britishcolumbia.com

photo: britishcolumbia.com

2. Second Beach and Third Beach

Whether you prefer grass or sand, Second Beach and Third Beach are both good sunbathing options.  Second Beach has a more family-friendly vibe, while Third Beach appeals to a more free-spirited, hippie crowd. We like to refer to Second Beach as Wreck Beach’s little brother.

 

photo: hannahsgypsytravels.wordpress.com

photo: hannahsgypsytravels.wordpress.com

1. Wreck Beach

When it comes to stripping down all the way and basking in the sun, Wreck Beach near UBC is the ideal location.  Heads up: It’s a clothing optional beach so if you’re not comfortable with nudity, you may want to hit up one of the other locations on this list.

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

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