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Cozumel Mexico will forever go down as our favourite island in Mexico – scratch that our favourite place in Mexico! Not only is it home to the best scuba diving we’ve seen, but the island itself has a whole lot to offer! We spent a few days running around the island but could have easily spent our whole time here exploring this tropical island.

We love that Cozumel Mexico has a great central location close to popular tourist destinations like Cancun, Tulum, and nearby Playa del Carmen. Many people who visit the Yucatan Peninsula are deciding between an island day trip to Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. While both are worth a visit, if you have to pick one, we’d say Cozumel!

isla cozumel sign, cozumel mexico

Cozumel Island has gotten some well deserved global attention as being one of the most beautiful islands, home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world! It’s located along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world and these tropical Caribbean waters are full of life.

Samara first visited Cozumel on a Caribbean cruise and has been dreaming about returning to this beautiful tropical island ever since. This was the spot where Samara first fell in love with being underwater. After going snorkeling in Cozumel and experiencing all the beauty of the underwater world she’s been obsessed with the ocean, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

When we got the opportunity to go back and visit Cozumel, we knew we needed to spend as much time as we could exploring this beautiful island. After renting scooters to tour the island, snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring Mayan ruins, and lazing at beach clubs it’s safe to say we thoroughly experienced this amazing island.

We created this Cozumel guide to help as many people as possible experience all this island paradise has to offer. We think this is a must visit for anyone heading to the Yucatan Peninsula.

San Miguel Cozumel Mexico with views of the Caribbean Sea

Okay, we’ll stop rambling… here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Cozumel Mexico.

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Where is Cozumel?

Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico and we can see why – what a dream place to live! Home to around 100,000 people and welcoming about 3.5 million tourists annually, you’ll be in good company here. This island is 46 km (29 miles) long and around 14 km (14 miles) wide making it a great size to rent some wheels and explore.

The island of Cozumel is surrounded by the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. It sits just 16 km (10 miles) off the coast of Playa del Carmen and is easily accessible with a short 45 minute ferry ride. After sailing through the Cozumel Channel you’ll arrive at the Cozumel ferry terminal in San Miguel de Cozumel.

How To Get To Cozumel Mexico?

There are many ways to get to Cozumel Mexico. As this is an island, you will have the choice of entering by air or sea.

You have two options for visiting by sea: with a ferry, or with a cruise ship.

Cozumel Ferry

If you are coming from other popular tourist areas in Mexico, you will need to first go to Playa del Carmen and catch the Cozumel ferry to the island. The Cozumel ferry port is on the strip at the end of Quinta Ave in Playa del Carmen.

There are two ferry operators to choose from: Ultramar and Winjet.

  • A Winjet Ferry ticket will cost you 285 MXN ($23 CAD/$17 USD) from Cozumel and 301MXN ($24 CAD/$18 USD) from Playa del Carmen or a combo round trip ticket for 585MXN ($47 CAD/$35 USD).
  • Ultramar has more options for routes and luxury. If you’re booking online you’ll want to select “Carmen Beach” as that is the Playa del Carmen terminal. Then you can select Premium Plus for 290MXN ($23.55 CAD/$17.31 USD) one way or book a return ticket for 580MXN ($47.11 CAD/$34.62 USD)

Cruise Ship

Cozumel is a popular cruise ship destination having 3 cruise ports – Punta Lanosta, International Pier, and Puerto Maya. Each Cozumel cruise port is owned by different companies and is located close to the town of San Miguel. Taking a taxi or organizing an excursion with included transportation is the best way to get from the cruise ship port to different areas of Cozumel.

Cozumel Airport

If you’re looking for a more direct route to Cozumel you can use Cozumel airport. You’ll fly into The Cozumel International Airport (CZM). Cozumel flights from Cancun can be as cheap as $128 ($94 USD) to $1150 ($850 USD) with an average of $677 ($500 USD). Once you arrive you can take a taxi or organize a private shuttle from Cozumel Airport to take you to any hotel on the island.

Cozumel airport at night

Cozumel from Cancun

If you’re wondering “How far is Cozumel from Cancun?” we’d recommend expecting the trip to take about 3 hours, depending on your ferry time.

The route from Cancun to Cozumel involves driving along the MEX-307 highway from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This drive takes about an hour and a half from the city and about an hour from Cancun Airport. You will then need to catch the ferry to Cozumel which takes about 45 minutes.

If you’re looking for all your options on how to get to Playa, you’ll find them in our Playa del Carmen travel guide.

If you are looking for a faster way to get from Cancun to Cozumel, you can also take a flight from Cancun International Airport to Cozumel International Airport, which will get you to the island in about 15 minutes.

beach near punta sur in Cozumel Mexico

Cozumel from Playa del Carmen

To get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen you’ll be taking the Cozumel ferry. The ferry takes about 45 minutes and the ride is absolutely beautiful! We’ve never seen so many shades of blue and green as we did on this boat ride. It made us so much more excited to start exploring the island.

Cozumel from Tulum

How far is Cozumel from Tulum? Like Cancun, you will have a drive+ferry combo with first having to head to Playa. You will first drive about an hour north along the Mex-307 highway. From there you’ll catch the Cozumel ferry from Playa del Carmen.

How To Get Around Cozumel?

Cozumel is a fun place to explore. It seems like you’re never more than a short walk away from the beach.

walking around cozumel at night, san miguel de cozumel


If you’re staying in San Miguel Cozumel, the main city of Cozumel, you’ll be able to walk everywhere. You’ll find shops, restaurants, and lots of sites to explore. This is also a great place to take a nice walk along the water.


Our favourite way of getting around wherever we travel is by scooter. It all started scootering around Thailand and then we were hooked. It gives you the freedom to go anywhere, any time you want – and it’s a cheap way of getting around. Your Cozumel scooter rental should cost around $30 CAD ($22 USD) per day. This is also something you can haggle the price down on- but be reasonable!

Pro Travel Tip: If you decide to take a Cozumel scooter rental you should use your smartphone to take a video of the scooter. This way you have proof of existing damage to avoid a conflict when you return it. The shop will also see you do this and not give you a hard time. This works everywhere we’ve rented a scooter.

We loved scootering in Cozumel – the island is absolutely perfect for it! There aren’t many roads around which means you will not get lost and will have an easy time seeing all the sites. The east side of the island is lined with a stunning beach with large waves that are perfect for windsurfing. This beach is a lot quieter as it is away from the tourist path. Watch for signs as you drive leading to the ruins of San Gervasio – we loved visiting these!

scootering around cozumel


We didn’t take a taxi the whole time we stayed on Cozumel – probably ‘cause we had a scooter. Taxis are a good way to get around if you’re planning an excursion that doesn’t include transportation. It’s also a great way to get around if you are coming from the Cozumel ferry terminals.

It’s best to come to an agreement on Cozumel taxi rates before you start your journey – especially if the meter is off. Check the meter to make sure it’s not started at a higher amount than around 40 MXN. Paying in Mexican Pesos will also get you the best rate.

Best Time To Visit Cozumel?

Like most travel destinations there is a best time to visit – Cozumel is no exception. The best time to visit Cozumel Mexico depends on a few things.

Cozumel Weather

One of the biggest factors to determine when you should travel to Cozumel is the weather. Like most tropical destinations Cozumel has a dry season and a rainy season.

  • Cozumel Dry Season is from November to April. This is the time that Cozumel gets the lowest amount of rain and lowest humidity meaning sunny days and comfortable nights. It’s also peak tourist season and quite busy. We traveled to Cozumel in March and the weather was amazing and it wasn’t too busy. Win-win!
  • The Cozumel Rainy Season is from May to October. It’s rainy and humid – but the rain comes in short bursts. You’ll still be able to chill at the beach – just be ready with an umbrella.

This time is Cozumel low season meaning it’s a whole lot easier on your wallet. You can expect lower costs for accommodation and activities. Watch out for Cozumel hurricane season, between August and early October.

  • If you’re a budget traveler looking to get a good deal, consider traveling in Cozumel shoulder season (April, May, October, and November) for fewer crowds and better deals.

For those of you in the cold parts of North America: Cozumel weather in December is amazing. One of the best times to visit Cozumel, December brings sunny skies and warm weather.

Cozumel Diving Season

scuba diving at cozumel

If scuba diving in Cozumel is on your travel bucket list (and trust us, it should be!) May to September is when the waters are the clearest. You’ll have impressive water visibility of up to 50m (164 ft) depending on the plankton blooms, currents, and weather. May to September is also whale shark season in the area.

No matter when you visit Cozumel, you will have water temperatures between 25-28℃ (75-80℉) and impressive water clarity of more than 30m (100 ft).

Where to stay in Cozumel?

Despite being a small island, Cozumel Mexico is home to every kind of accommodation you could hope for. In San Miguel city, the main area of the island, you will find many of the top places to stay. When looking for Cozumel hotels, we highly recommend opting for one with a rooftop pool. We spent all our “hotel time” taking in the views at ours!

Rooftop pool at Hotel Plaza Cozumel, rooftop bar

If you’re going to do an all inclusive resort, Cozumel is the place to do it! Cozumel all inclusive hotels scream luxury. This is the best way to soak up a lazy island life and make laying on the beach and getting a tan your full time job. Not only that but you can snorkel from the beach at many Cozumel resorts.

  • Iberostar Cozumel is one of the best all inclusives in Cozumel. The stunning oceanfront location allows you to choose between spending the day at one of the many pools or relaxing by the Caribbean Sea. There’s epic snorkeling right from the beach and the food on site is amazing!
  • The Cozumel Palace All-Inclusive Resort is perfect for those wanting to hang out in town but also enjoy all the luxuries of an all inclusive resort. You can sit by the pool overlooking the ocean for the ultimate relaxing island vibes.
  • If you don’t need a Cozumel all inclusive hotel and would rather just have a really nice hotel, we’d recommend the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa. It has the perfect location close to the main San Miguel city center. The water around it is epic and you can snorkel right from the private beach.

If you’re looking for budget friendly accommodations, we’d recommend heading to Hotel Plaza Cozumel. We stayed here and had a great experience. Not only was the price right, but we had the whole hotel practically to ourselves. It had a perfect location downtown San Miguel and the rooftop pool was absolutely epic, especially during sunset.

street art in cozumel

Is Cozumel Safe?

Cozumel’s safety shouldn’t be a concern. While you may have some concerns in bigger cities like Cancun and Mexico City, crime in Cozumel is very minimal and mostly comes in the form of petty theft like pickpocketing. While you’re living the lazy island lifestyle here, just be sure to practice basic street sense by avoiding walking down dark streets alone and staying alert in heavily crowded areas.

Is it safe to swim in Cozumel?

Not only can you swim in Cozumel, but we HIGHLY recommend it!! The island is practically surrounded by stunning coral reefs (sitting on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef) and has some of the most beautiful swimming and snorkeling conditions we’ve ever seen! The hot Caribbean Sea is crystal clear with a beautiful turquoise hue.

Most of the beaches in Cozumel have a white sand bottom making them that much more appealing to jump in for a refreshing swim. We bought a snorkel set before we left and we’re so glad we did! We brought it with us everywhere we went traveling in Mexico and got so much use out of it.

What are the best beaches in Cozumel?

It’s not hard to find the best beaches in Cozumel. Honestly, it’s hard to find a bad one. There are a few Cozumel beaches that stand out from the rest though.

paradise beach cozumel
  • Paradise Beach Cozumel – the most popular beach club on the west coast of Cozumel. Paradise Beach offers a large pool, a water park, a restaurant, a bar, and many activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and more This beach is absolutely stunning and we even went diving just off the coast of it.
  • Playa Mia Cozumel is a beach club again on the west coast of Cozumel. Playa Mia Grand Beach Park has a huge pool, a water slide, a floating park, a buffet, a bar, and many activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing, and more
  • Mr Sanchos Cozumel – a popular beach club on (you guessed it!) the west side of Cozumel. Mr. Sanchos Beach Club has a pool, a spa, a restaurant, a bar, and many activities such as horseback riding, parasailing, fishing, and more
  • Punta Morena – This is a beach club that offers a pool, a restaurant, a bar, and a surf shop. You can enjoy the views of the ocean, relax on the hammocks, or try surfing or boogie boarding.
  • Playa Chen Rio – A public beach that has a natural rock pool that protects you from the waves and allows you to swim safely. You can also find some local food stalls and vendors selling souvenirs
  • Playa Bonita – A public beach that has a calm lagoon where you can swim or snorkel. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boards, or bikes to explore the area.

Cozumel Restaurants

If you are looking for something to eat in Cozumel, you’ll be happy to know you have a lot of options! The streets of San Miguel de Cozumel are lined with many different types of restaurants. From traditional Mexican food, Indian food, Italian food, and more, you will have no shortage of options.

  • If you keep a vegan lifestyle, you’ll be happy to know there are a lot of vegan restaurants in Cozumel. Nutty Treesome is one of our favorite options with vegan sushi, ice cream, and cool boho vibes.
  • If you’re touring the island and looking for a good seafood restaurant on the eastern coast, head to Coconuts Bar & Grill!! Not only will you get epic waterfront views but the restaurant itself is quirky and fun showcasing an international vibe. The staff is incredibly friendly and the food is DELISH!
  • Three Amigos Cozumel is a tasty oceanfront restaurant located right by the cruise ship terminals and has good Mexican food and even better margaritas!
  • If you’re in the mood for some Italian food, it doesn’t get better than Guido’s Restaurant and Bar. The cute little restaurant has such flavorful Italian food that is absolutely delicious!

Myles is obsessed with margaritas so we had to try Wet Wendy’s – they have 30 flavors of margaritas.

What to do in Cozumel?

We had such a blast exploring all the fun things to do on Cozumel. Island life is our vibe… slow paced, easy going and focused on fun!

There is so much to see and do in Cozumel. From Punta Sur, exploring the San Gervasio Mayan ruins, visiting the Cozumel Pearl Farm, and shopping in San Miguel, you have no shortage of Cozumel attractions to choose from.

Cozumel mayan ruins called San Gervasio are some of the best mayan ruins in Mexico
  • Looking for fun Cozumel excursions? You can choose between parasailing in the water, ATVing through the jungle, and even riding in a submarine!
  • By far the best things to do in Cozumel is to go snorkeling and scuba diving. This is what the island is known for! Scuba diving on Cozumel is some of the best conditions in the world. If you’re already dive certified, we HIGHLY recommend exploring these waters. If not, this is an EPIC spot to try diving for the first time.

Is Cozumel Worth Visiting?

Yes, absolutely! Cozumel is our favourite place to visit in Mexico. We’ve visited multiple times and will definitely be back. If you’re coming to Mexico to enjoy water activities, this island is an absolute must.

Thanks for stopping by!

Visiting Cozumel Mexico was one of the best parts of our holiday. The lazy island vibes and the epic Caribbean location made for some of the best vacation memories we have. If you are looking for the best way to enjoy all that Mexico has to offer, a trip to Cozumel is an absolute must! From epic sunsets, amazing scuba diving, and adventurous jungle experience, this tropical island has it all!

Enjoy that island life!

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Coined Kelownafornia, we decided to make Kelowna our home base for many reasons, one of the biggest ones being the weather! Long hot summers and short mild winters make Kelowna the perfect beach town.. well, perfect in Canadian terms! Thanks to the massive Okanagan Lake the town is built around, there are so many great beaches in Kelowna to enjoy to beat the summer heat.

Kelowna easily doubles in population in the summer months when flocks of tourists come to enjoy the stunning weather. We’re talking 25-40℃ (77-100℉) sunshine between May and September. When you aren’t visiting the many wineries in Kelowna, you will want to cool off by jumping into the Okanagan Lake at one of the many beaches around town.

All of the beaches on this list are in Kelowna meaning they are west facing and perfect for watching sunsets. Beach weather (and patio season) here is typically from early May to the end of September.

If you’re planning your vacation for summer, visiting the Kelowna beaches is an absolute must! Below I’ve listed all the 6 best beaches in Kelowna. Each beach has its own vibe depending on whether you’re looking to paddleboard, take the kids to a waterpark, or chill out and soak up that beautiful Okanagan sunshine.

Looking for a good time? The City of Kelowna has launched a pilot project allowing alcohol consumption in designated areas of 3 Kelowna parks and beaches in summer 2023. Pack your cooler and enjoy a brewski in the sunshine between July 4 and October 6 from 12pm – 9pm. You will find these areas at Waterfront Park, located right beside Tugboat Beach, Boyce-Gyro Beach, and Kinsmen Beach located near Strathcona Beach.

6. Strathcona Beach

Address: 2290 Abbott St., Kelowna, BC, V1V 1E3

Amenities: large grass area, kids playground, public bathrooms

Perks: less busy, more locals than tourists, sandy beach

If you’re looking to lose the tourists and hang out with Kelowna locals, head to Strathcona Beach. Located behind Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), it feels like it’s miles away from the city while only being a short walk away. There is some paid street parking along with a small paid parking lot making it easy to unload your gear.

This beach is one of the best in Kelowna for watching the sunset. Grab a seat on the beach and watch the show as the sun sets over the hills across Lake Okanagan.

sunset, strathcona beach, kelowna beach

Strathcona Beach is a natural haven. The beach has a good amount of sand as well as a large grass area, both with large trees that offer a good amount of shade. There are many giant ancient trees, including some Willow trees that flow into the water making for a perfect place to sit and take in the sights or read a book.

This is a great beach in Kelowna to spend the day with the family at the park. You can set up on the grass or on the sand and know that your little ones will be safe. Here you will find a nice sized kid’s playground that has just been recently rebuilt from the ground up.

The park is accessible with a new concrete path leading out to the beach. You will find a large sandy section of the beach that flows into a rocky area for those who don’t like the sand. There is a small walking trail lined with stunning willow trees that connects to one of Kelowna’s most beautiful streets: Abbott Street.

new park located at strathcona beach

5. Bertram Beach

Address: 5680 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC, V1W 4J4

Amenities: nice pier, picnic area, walking trails, public bathrooms

Perks: escape the crowds, large grass area with picnic tables

Located in Kelowna’s south mission neighborhood you will find Bertram Park. A 14km (8.7 miles) drive south of downtown Kelowna, you should carve out a 25 minute drive each way to get to this beach. But, the drive is along the water and is sure to amaze you – just keep your eyes on the road! A well-kept secret oasis that typically only locals frequent, Bertram Creek Beach is the perfect place to escape the summertime crowds and enjoy the best of an Okanagan summer day. The water is clean and clear here, perfect for swimming or paddleboarding.

The beach itself is fairly small and rocky compared to other beaches in the city however, the amenities more than make up for it. Bertram Creek Regional Park has multiple walking and hiking trails for those looking to mix up their day with some light activity. You will find picnic tables and benches, perfect for picnic lunches or barbeque dinners. Kids will also enjoy the playground.

This is the perfect beach for bringing a BBQ and setting up for the day. There is a lot of free parking making this beach worth the trip. As this park is located quite out of the city it is not uncommon for wildlife to frequent the area. You may see many species of birds, deer, marmots, and garter snakes in the area.

There is a boat launch area to launch everything from a large boat or some kayaks. The waters around this area are excellent for paddleboarding, kayaking, and lounging on an air floaty. A large fishing dock will keep the entire family entertained. Public bathrooms remain fairly clean thanks to the lack of crowds. The city views from the beach are absolutely stunning.

We recommend staying an entire day here. Bring some snacks, set up your area, and relax knowing you have nowhere to be and nothing to do except enjoy your day.

4. Rotary Beach

rotary beach, kids playground at rotary beach

Address: 3736 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC, V1W 3T1

Amenities: kids playground, watersports rentals, public bathrooms

Perks: nearby restaurants, less busy family-friendly option

Rotary Beach is another great Kelowna beach, not far from Boyce-Gyro in Kelowna’s Mission neighborhood. This beach, while certainly popular, is often a less busy alternative to Gyro Beach. It’s about 4km from Downtown Kelowna making it easy to get to by renting an electric scooter or bike.

A large section of white sandy beach sets you up for a great day at the lake. As with most of the other beaches in Kelowna, the water remains fairly shallow for a good distance making it a perfect place to swim and play in the water.

Pro Tip: There are many “Rotary Beaches” in the area, so make sure you’re selecting the one in Kelowna or you may end up going for an unexpected long drive.

There is a good sized kids playground as well as a large grassy area offering a good amount of shade. Rotary Beach in Kelowna is typically quite clean and well maintained, even the public bathrooms are generally in good condition.

Rotary beach rental shop

You can rent watersports at the beach and it’s quite close to the Lakeshore boat launch and Manteo Marina.

This is a great beach to visit for families looking to explore walking trails. Nearby you will find the Mission Creek Greenway, a relatively flat trail that winds along Mission Creek. There is paid parking offered right at the beach but it does fill up fairly quickly so be sure to come early. In the summer there is also a food truck at the beach which is a great way to fuel up throughout your day.

food truck at rotary beach in kelowna, rotary beach kelowna

3. Boyce-Gyro Beach Park

Address: 3400 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, BC, V1W3S9

Amenities: kids playground with a zipline in water, volleyball courts, water sports rentals, public bathroom

Perks: great family-friendly beach, restaurants nearby, large size

Boyce-Gyro Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kelowna for both locals and tourists. Its great location places it amongst many restaurants and grocery stores in a very residential area of Kelowna. Kelownas Gyro Beach is one of the larger public beaches in the city that is specifically popular amongst families. The water stays fairly shallow for quite a while allowing you to walk out quite far before losing your ability to touch.

I love this beach because there is a large grassy area offering a fair amount of shade for those more looking for a picnic with a view. The beach is also quite large making it an ideal place to set up camp for the day. Boyce Gyro Beach also has a watersports rental spot on site so you can rent paddleboards and kayaks for the day.

This is the best beach in Kelowna for families to visit. The large playground will keep the kids busy for hours. There is even a zipline that leads from the playground into the water. There are also volleyball courts on site, a concession stand, a public washroom, and a changing room. Oh yeah, did we mention it has a zipline into the water?!

zipline in Kelowna, Boyce-Gyro beach, Kelowna beach,

The only downfall with this beach is that parking is limited. While there is a large paid parking lot and plenty of street parking along Watt Road, the area still fills up. I recommend coming early to ensure you get a closeby parking spot.

2. Tugboat Beach

Address: 1088 Sunset Dr., Kelowna BC V1Y 9W1

Amenities: watersports rentals, public bathroom

Perks: downtown location, often lots of events happening

Not far from the downtown core, along the boardwalk towards Knox Mountain, you will find Tugboat Beach. This is another popular beach that often has different food trucks or live concerts happening. There are lots of trails around in every direction from this beach making it a great area to spend the day. Bathrooms and watersports rentals are also offered within a short walk.

This beach was named after the S.S. Sicamous paddlewheel which now sits in Penticton.

The main draw to Tugboat Beach is the amenities around it. With Rotary Marsh Park, a nature reserve bird sanctuary, to the one side and Waterfront Park and boardwalk to the other, there is lots to do. Tugboat Beach is also close to downtown Kelowna’s craft brewery district which makes for the perfect day. If you’re more adventurous there is also places to rent stand up paddleboards and kayaks.

waterfront boardwalk in kelowna, dogs on leashes

The only downfall with this beach is that there is not a lot of shade offered. The sand is also a little more coarse here than on other beaches in the area but still nice to lay in. There is also no kid’s playground on site making it more appealing for adults and those looking to tan.

One of the coolest things about Tugboat Beach is that it’s part of the Kelowna Cultural District Walking Tour. It features two art pieces – I Had a Dream and On the Beach. It’s also within walking distance of Rotary Marsh and the iconic Waterfront Park Sculpture: Rhapsody.

1. Hot Sands Beach

Address: 1600 Abbott St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1B7

Amenities: Tennis court, volleyball court, kids playground, waterpark, public bathroom

Perks: downtown location, lots of amenities nearby

Hot Sands Beach is the star of the show being centrally located right in downtown Kelowna’s City Park. Here you will find all the amenities you’d expect from a downtown beach including basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, public bathrooms and a good mixture of sandy and grass areas.

If you’re looking for a kid friendly beach, this is one of the best beaches in Kelowna with water park of your dreams. Older kids will love the Wibit Splash Park, which is an inflatable obstacle course in the water. There is also a large playground complete with a zipline for kids to enjoy and lots of shaded grassy areas that are perfect for a beach picnic.

If you’re wanting to walk there’s a large boardwalk through the park that will connect you to downtown ice cream parlours, delicious restaurants and great shopping. With benches lined along your route, it’s the perfect spot to take in the beautiful waterfront views. There is also a dock facing the marina that is one of our favourite spots in Kelowna for jumping in the water.

Thanks to the downtown location, you will find your choice of ice cream parlors (Parlour Ice Cream is the best), restaurants, cafes, and corner stores nearby. If you’re looking for something fun to do at this beach, you can try a flyboarding experience. Whether you’ve gone before or this is your first time, flyboarding will give you the adrenaline rush as you soar out of the water.

downtown kelowna, rhapsody kelowna, kelowna art, sculpture in kelowna

Dogs are allowed to walk down the boardwalk but not on the beach. If you’re looking for a closeby dog beach, check out Lake Avenue Beach just through the city park tunnel.

Best Beach Tours in Kelowna

Pontoon boat cruise: What better way to enjoy a lake day than by packing a cooler and jumping on a private 22 ft pontoon boat? You will be driven to a secluded bay where you can jump off the boat and swim in the warm lake water.

This is the perfect private captained boat option for your group of up to 11 people. The cost is $960 CAD ($720.31 USD) for the 3 hour rental, so split between 11 people, the cost becomes incredibly affordable.

Full day private cruise on Okanagan Lake: If you love the sound of spending time on a pontoon boat on the water, but would rather spend the full day rather than a few hours, this is a great option. Costing $1,770 CAD ($1,328 USD) for up to 11 people, your crew can spend a solid 6 hours aboard a private boat cruising around Okanagan Lake. All you need to do is bring your music (there’s a Bluetooth speaker on board) and a cooler full of cold drinks.

Private sailing cruise on Okanagan Lake: Enjoy a couple of hours sailing on Okanagan Lake. You will have unbelievable views of the city as you cruise around onboard a stunning big sailboat. You will have a relaxing experience enjoying the calming serenity of life on the water. This sailing cruise is priced per person and varies based on how many people are in your group.

E bike and yoga on the beach: If you’re wanting to have a fitness inspired morning, this tour is ideal for you. You will start downtown and jump aboard an e-bike heading through the city towards Sarsons Beach where you will stop for a 1 hour beachside yoga session. This guided yoga session is sure to put you in the best mindset and get your blood pumping. Once you’re stretched and relaxed you will jump back on your e-bike taking a scenic route back downtown.

Final Thoughts

Kelowna is affectionately referred to as Canada’s Hawaii and for good reason! The two best things to do here are to visit the wineries and spend time at the beach! Every few blocks you will find small sandy lakefront beaches that are great for spending your day. While there is no shortage of options, there are certainly a few beaches in Kelowna that stand out as the best of the best.

Most of Kelowna’s beaches offer a gradual descent in the water meaning you can walk quite far out into the water while still being able to touch. Despite Okanagan Lake’s large size, the water warms up quite a lot during the summer turning into a warm bathwater style by August.

Ever visited Kelowna? Let us know what your favorite Kelowna beach is below!

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