Families are the chief beach-goers at Second Beach on the edge of Stanley Park. It's not just the sand they love, but the huge outdoor swimming pool, children's playground, and fantastic ocean views. The beach is positioned alongside the Stanley Park Seawall, and bikers, walkers, and joggers are constantly passing by.
Also within the area, there's the 18-hole Stanley Park Pitch-and-Putt golf course, The Fish House restaurant, rhododendron garden, putting green, and tennis courts.
As far back as the 1880s, Second Beach was a social gathering point. The now-bright-teal swimming pool started as a tide-filled concrete pool, with the saltwater refreshed each week.
Address: Stanley Park Drive at North Lagoon Drive
Neighborhood: West End
Bus: No. 6 along Davie Street, then walk to the beach
Parking: Pay parking spots
Facilities: Concession stand, washrooms, heated outdoor pool, kid's playground