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About English Bay
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English Bay's gorgeous views, laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches are just some of the reasons visitors and locals enjoy it. With Stanley Park a short bike ride away from English Bay Beach, it's easy to visit a few main Vancouver attractions in one day. Not to mention, there are many delicious restaurants open from morning to night.
See & Do
English Bay is a hot spot especially during the warm summer months because of the large beaches that are great for swimming, suntanning and picnics. There are a handful of different beaches, so depending on the crowd and amenities you're after, you will find a beach that suits your needs. English Bay Beach remains one of the most popular because it's right off of Davie Street and Denman Street, both of which are main transportation hubs. The Seawall runs along the English Bay area, making it's way over into Stanley Park. Within Stanley Park, you have a few more beaches, a swimming pool, the Vancouver Aquarium, a children's water park, a lawn bowling club, a few eateries and plenty of biking and hiking trails.
English Bay is home to all sorts of restaurants and no matter your craving, you will find it in this neighborhood. From quick bites to sit down gourmet meals, the restaurant world is your oyster. Many restaurants in the area offer take out meals and if you enjoy beach picnics, it doesn't get much better than that. The Fish House in Stanley Park is a Vancouver classic that serves fresh fish and wonderful service, all in a charming atmosphere. If you're in the mood for some cozy Italian, head over to Nook and indulge in their homemade pastas. One of the first restaurants in Vancouver to focus on the 100 mile diet was Raincity Grill. Located on the edge of English Bay Beach, this restaurants serves up local fare with an amazing view.
English Bay isn't really known for having any sort of wild nightlife, instead people in the area prefer to go for a nice dinner and finish off their night with a night cap, or stroll around the beach. If you're looking for a glass of wine or something else to whet your whistle, The Sylvia Hotel has a charming hotel restaurant that is a great place to catch the sunset and relax. Feeling like getting some fresh air before hitting the sack? The Seawall is an easy stroll along the beach that will leave you feeling rather zen before a good night's sleep.
When traveling as a family, sticking to a budget can be really important and just because you're not staying at a five star hotel, it doesn't mean you're missing out on a comfortable bed and killer view. That's the great thing about the hotels in the English Bay area, they're affordable and many rooms have spectacular views of the Bay. Those that like self catering spaces will want to check out the Times Square Suites Hotel. The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites is great for families and a few blocks from the beach and plenty of restaurants, cafes and public transportation are close by. Should you feel like splurging a little, the Westin Bayshore will give you the pampering you deserve.