Long stretches of sand are common in Vancouver. You would be wrong not to enjoy them. Sitting on a log to watch a volleyball game or to enjoy the sunset is a moment of relaxation that many locals enjoy after their workday.
The beaches follow one upon the other and the atmosphere changes from one to the next. English Bay in the West End is closest to the city centre and without doubt the most popular. It is extended by Sunset beach, bordering the neighbourhood of Davie Village, which offers the best views for watching the sunset on the bay and the boats at anchor.
On Kits Beach, the hippie spirit dominates with yoga enthusiasts practicing their assanas facing the ocean, in a contagious communion. If the water is too chilly for your liking, you can take refuge in the pools, with Kitsilano or the Second Beach pool particularly popular for its 27°C water. Farther west from Kits is Jericho Beach, which is much less crowded and a place to watch fishermen at work. Continuing your trek, you come to Locarno and then Spanish Banks, both of which offer great tidal pools when the tide is out.