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“The best beach within an hour of Halifax hands down!”

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Sambro
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Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews
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“The best beach within an hour of Halifax hands down!”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This beach is the best beach close to Halifax. With three separate beaches separated by rocks and sea grasses it feels so much less crowded than the monstrosity of Rainbow Haven. There are nice boardwalks all around too. If you continue down the path past the nude beach (which is a good 5-10 min walk down the path from the non-nude beaches) then there is a beautiful hike up to the point along all the big rocks.

Visited August 2012
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Burlington, Ontario
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6 reviews
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“Several Shades of Blue”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

We love the ocean! This beach has water like the Mediterranean and the view is just breathtaking. The sandy shore is great for digging around with little ones and the rocks are fun for climbing with kids a bit older. The water is crystal clear, important for me because I like to be able to see what I'm swimming in, especially when sharing space with various sea creatures. The water isn't warm but if you go on a hot day, it feels just right! It's busy but the beach is so big, you can easily find a place to set up shop and once you're there, it's like no one else is! The beach is about 35 minutes from the Halifax Waterfront and the drive is winding but very pretty. There are two porta potties and no change rooms. There's no where to buy any snacks either, so pack your own food and water. I hear there's a nude beach here too but in all the times we've been, we haven't seen any nudies, apparently it's on the far, far side so with little ones, we never venture too far from the van.

Visited July 2013
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HALIFAX
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36 reviews
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“Walk by the Ocean”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is my very favourite beach and drive. The area consists of three beaches separated by a rocky area. The really neat thing which keeps me coming back is the walking trail which goes by the three beaches between the dunes and bracken to an area of rocks like Peggys Cove (without the lighthouse LOL ). Beautiful peaceful walk in the summertime. Some fiddleheads and berries to pick in season too. Lots of choice of picnic site either on one of the beaches or up on the rocks.

Visited May 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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35 reviews
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“Gorgeous!”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

About 20 minutes from the city, you can park easily and visit either of two "family" beaches or park and walk about 15 minutes (moderate difficulty) to a secluded nude beach. There is also a wonderful hiking trail of moderate difficulty with especially lovely ocean vistas.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful Beaches”
Reviewed 22 February 2013

Crystal Crescent is actually a group of 3 beaches very near Halifax. All 3 beaches feature white sand and clear turquoise water.

The 3rd beach is a bit of a hike and is a "clothing optional" beach.

Visited July 2012
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