Metro Vancouver’s Best Beach: Tsawwassen, Delta: From Mexico’s Stunning Coast to Metro Discover the Beach That Reminded Me of Home and Why!
Growing up in Mexico, I was fortunate to have access to some amazing beaches like Cancun or Acapulco. However, the closest beach to my home was Progreso, Yucatán, just a 20-minute car ride away.
I absolutely loved it. During the summer and Semana Santa (Eastern), people moved to the beach, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
There were stunning houses owned by rich people, showcasing a different side of beach life. I truly cherished my time spent on Progreso.
When I moved to Vancouver, I was excited about being close to the ocean again. However, I quickly realized that the typical beaches like English Bay, Second Beach, and Kitsilano were not quite what I expected.
The water was often cold, and the cleanliness left much to be desired, with oily bacteria floating about.
While these beaches were beautiful to behold, they didn’t offer the same enjoyable beach experience I was longing for.
Fortunately, when I moved to Richmond, I discovered Centennial Beach, which became my closest thing to Progreso.
It reminded me so much of my beloved beach back home. The water is warm, the sand is soft (after navigating a few rocks), and the beach itself is expansive.
Without a doubt, it has become my favourite beach in Metro Vancouver. In this article, I’ll share all the reasons why Centennial Beach in Delta holds a special place in my heart.
Situated in the town of Tsawwassen, Centennial Beach is a hidden gem nestled along the shores of Boundary Bay. This expansive sandy beach stretches for miles and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and the nearby mountains.
Fun Fact! It shares the beach with the USA. Yes, if you walked on the shore at some point, you will encounter the border Canada-USA. So, Stop walking. You can get in big trouble with migration, It doesn’t look like is the USA, but it is. One way to spot it easily is the big fences that you will see passing the Canadian area.
Thanks to its unspoiled beauty and natural charm, Centennial Beach Delta is a popular destination for locals.
The beach boasts a unique ecosystem, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. As you stroll along the shoreline, you might spot various bird species and marine creatures inhabiting the area.
So yes, if you wanna do a short hike, you can do it before the beach. However, there are no trees so the sun will burn you! lol.
Centennial Beach Metro Vancouver is more than just a beach; it is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The beach is surrounded by beautiful dunes and coastal forests, providing ample opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and exploring the flora and fauna of the area.
One of the highlights of Centennial Beach is the Boundary Bay Regional Park, which encompasses a large portion of the beach and offers extensive trails for hiking and biking.
This park is a haven for wildlife, featuring a diverse range of plants, birds, and animals.
Centennial Beach offers a wide array of activities for visitors of all ages.
Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, take a refreshing swim, or engage in beach volleyball, this beach has something for everyone.
It has a concession, tennis courts and lots of places for BBQ, chill on the beach, swing, etc.
The beach is equipped with various amenities to enhance your experience. It features picnic areas with tables and barbecue pits, making it an excellent spot for a family outing or a friendly gathering. Additionally, there are washroom facilities and ample parking available for visitors.
The gentle slope of the shoreline makes it ideal for families with children who want to enjoy a safe and fun-filled day by the water.
You can bring your personal Flote and chill on the water.
TIP: The water Moves. So The earlier you come, the farther the water will be, and you will have to walk a lot to reach the water, the perfect time (summer) is around 4 pm.
How to Get There
Centennial Beach is conveniently located within easy reach of Metro Vancouver.
If you’re driving, you can take Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) and follow the signs to Tsawwassen. Once you reach Tsawwassen, follow the signs to Centennial Beach.
Tip if you are driving coming from Vancouver or Richmond. You have to cross the tunnel, so try to avoid the rush hour because you can get stuck on the tunnel for a while. Same going back.
The nice thing is has extended free parking. I haven’t ever encountered a problem finding parking, even at the busiest time. If you do, please let me know so I can update this post about what time would be hard to find parking.
For those using public transportation, there are bus routes that connect Metro Vancouver to Tsawwassen. (From Bridgeport Station). I’m not gonna lie; it may take a while if you come on the bus. Maybe get an Uber From Richmond or a shared car like Evo.
In Richmond, BC, we have a renewed park to hang out in. It’s very clean and new. Minoru Park. Read all about it here: Things to do in Richmond, BC – Minoru Park.
If you’re looking for a beach getaway that combines natural beauty, tranquillity, and a range of outdoor activities, Centennial Beach in Metro Vancouver is the perfect destination.
With its stunning shoreline, diverse wildlife, and recreational opportunities, Centennial Beach offers an unforgettable experience for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Plan your visit to Centennial Beach and immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of this beach lover’s paradise.
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