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Wreck Beach, Vancouver
(3.9/5 based on 220 reviews on the web)
Be at one with nature at Wreck Beach, Canada's first official clothing-optional beach. A sweeping golden shoreline stretching 7.8 km (4.8 mi) provides a scenic retreat to swim, sunbathe, and chat with locals. Known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, the beach is a naturist's haven with a lively selection of bare-all events, including "Skinny-dip Day" and the popular "Bare Buns Run." Take a stroll via the various trail sites around the beach. You'll find a selection of street food and refreshing ice-cold beverages nearby. Make Wreck Beach part of your personalized Vancouver itinerary using our Vancouver tourist route planner.
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  • Let me see. The beach is located behind the University and did you come up with the 99 b-line bus from Broadway with about 25 minutes. The last stop you can catch another bus or walk across the campus until the great (tiring wooden staircase to go down to the beach. It's great, sorry with ocean water where you can soak but not swim like in the popular imagination. Being a site of nudism, is a little bit of everything, including sellers of grass ... beer ... aged guitarists ... And why not ... new experiences!
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  • Noisy lots of illegal drugs, naked old men if that's your taste. Now overrun with vendors and noisy young adults, not a great atmosphere if you want somewhere quiet to relax. 
  • You should consider whether you really stood on these wants, because the ascent and descent are long. But who does not back before will be rewarded with a beautiful sandy beach which is suitable very well for bathing. But beware, this applies only to the access of the University of British columbia. Who descends from the Museum of anthology gets to see a rather rocky beach which is but a little quiet with nice small private coves.
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  • Clothing optional. This beach is getting super popular and quite crowded on weekends but that's because it's a fabulous place. The food stands are great. Wish people wouldn't come so close to shore with their boats.
  • Absolutely stunning beach that is clothing optional. As a part of UBCs campus, it's fairly easy to access, although going back up the staircase is definitely a workout. Lovely experience with a unique atmosphere.
  • The best beach in Vancouver, depending on who you ask. It's clothing optional, but don't let that scare you off. Everyone is very warm and welcoming, and this place has a sort of utopian magic about it. Check Maps for directions!
  • With UBC close by and all those stairs to get down to the beach, so many of the naked people are super sexy! I even saw families with kids... A very hippie vibe, love it! On the weekends, holler, hoot, and howl at the sun when it sets... Stay for the drum circle tribal style dancing, and firespinning, or bring a drum and join in. Daytime hikes in the nearby woods are fun... Look out for naked gay dudes, don't worry they're harmless, 😁
  • Gorgeous, oft overlooked gem of a beach. Took the 500 or so stairs down (Trail 6) and was amazed at the scenery. For sure the areas is known to attract some of the more "free-spirited" types. But there were a lot of people walking around, taking pictures, enjoying the ambiance. Trees towering behind you, the water in front of you, and no view of the city. It's a nice escape.