Spanish Banks Vancouver – A beach and a view

relaxing
Relaxing

"Spanish Banks" Vancouver has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid and this is a very local beach as it's off the main ones in town...

Spanish banks has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid and this is a very local beach as it's off the main ones that are closer to downtown.  

There are a number of concession stands that are open during the summer but most folks bring their own food and coolers of drinks. If you happen to be down here during low tide, it's really the best time as it goes way out and leaves the banks open for the public to wander. All of a sudden it goes from a small beach to a massive playground, filled with sand and wading pools that you'll most like see skim boarders taking advantage of.

Even during the fall rain and winter grey it is still beautiful down here and it turns into a busy biking and walking area mainly due to the amazing views of downtown to the east, the North Shore mountains to the North and the ocean to the west.

About this spot

Unnamed Road

24 hours daily

C$

free

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Vancouver

Saint Mark's Summit – Beautiful view of Howe Sound

Getting to "Saint Mark's Summit" makes for a long & beautiful hike on Cypress Mountain. Even though the climb is not so tough, the views are just stunning!

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Daniela

Botelho Perotto

Lotusland – Music to everyone's ears

"Lotusland" in Vancouver is a real paradise for buying and selling audio equipment and vinyl records. I love how helpful they are and how organised it is.

music
Music
shopping
Shopping

By

Daniela

Botelho Perotto

O 5 Tea Bar – A legendary tea

"O 5 Tea Bar" in Vancouver is so much more than just a tea bar. My tea was selected, prepared and served by a tea sommelier - didn't know they existed!

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea

By

Sean

Garrity

Long's Noodle House – Amazing soup dumplings

"Long's Noodle House" Vancouver is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving up fantastic Shanghaiese food. I'm a fan of their soup dumplings and wine chicken.

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Adelina

Wong

The Wicklow Pub – One fine patio

"The Wicklow Pub" Vancouver is the definition of a local pub by the sea. Their patio is perfect, they have outdoor heaters and serve great chicken wings.

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Daniela

Botelho Perotto

Butter Baked Goods – Cake heaven

"Butter Baked Goods" is not the most centrally located bakery in Vancouver, but it's sought after by many locals for its big fat slices of cake & cookies.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

By

Samantha

Cheng

Taqueria Playa Tropical – Authentic Mexican food

"Taqueria Playa Tropical" is a favourite of those in search of authentic Mexican food in Vancouver. I really enjoy this restaurant's ceviche...

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Adelina

Wong

The Fish Counter – Ocean wise fish market

"The Fish Counter" is an amazing little spot in Vancouver. The tacos are the real highlight for me. I prefer a seat outside in the summer.

restaurants
Restaurants
shopping
Shopping
snacks
Snacks

By

Pamela

Olmstead

Hinge Park – Creekside wetland and play area

"Hinge Park" is one of the newest parks in Vancouver. The park if often the location for large-scale public art installations.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Pamela

Olmstead

The Twisted Fork – Intimate brunch everyday

"The Twisted Fork" is a dining gem of a restaurant hiding in Vancouver's Granville Street. They create a brunch that leaves me saying 'wow!' every time...

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sean

Garrity

Finch's Tea & Coffee House – Delicious sandwiches

"Finch's Tea & Coffee House" in Vancouver comes to mind when I think of quaint coffee shops. It's the butcher paper wrapped baguette sandwiches that do it.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

By

Adelina

Wong

Matchstick Coffee – Get fresh roasted

"Matchstick Coffee" in Vancouver always enthralls my senses with the smells of freshly baked croissants and the sights of beautiful rustic woodwork...

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
snacks
Snacks

By

Sean

Garrity

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Vancouver

Get to know our Spotters from Vancouver

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.