We just got back from a week in Cape Breton and holy cow you should see the beaches! Who needs to go to the Caribbean, or Ireland, or Florida when Canadians have gorgeous, white sand, pink-rock covered, surf-able beaches like these? Nova Scotia has all sorts of beautiful ocean views, but the beaches we found in Cape Breton – none of them more than a few hours drive from each other – exceeded even a Nova Scotian’s expectations.
International flights land in Halifax, a three and a half hour drive from picturesque Inverness, or fly into Sydney, Nova Scotia, right on Cape Breton Island.
These four beaches will leave you thinking you’ve made it to the Caribbean, but without the crowds.
Ideally located near Baddeck, and on the cusp of Cabot Links Golf Course, this beach is accessible by boardwalk, and close enough to the fishing boats to listen to the slight accents of the fishermen as they prepare the traps.
We only found ourselves in Dingwall to go to Meat Cove, at the northernmost point of Cape Breton. A tiny town essentially in the middle of nowhere, these beaches were deserted during our three days there, and perfect for searching for spotted rocks.
3. Cabot Landing Provincial Park
Clam-digging appeared to be the goal of most visitors to Cabot Landing. But one little boy in some seriously cool sunglasses seemed more inclined to dig blindly in the hot hot sand. Positively Caribbean.
4. West Mabou Beach
When I told my friend from Cape Breton that I was heading up that way, West Mabou Beach was big on her list of must-dos. Although we only popped by for a few minutes, in the early evening people were still swimming in the warm, shallow water. Cuba- Mabou… they’re kind of the same!
Planning a trip to Cape Breton? Be sure to visit these other Nova Scotia highlights: