The city's best-known beach, English Bay, lies just to the east of Stanley Park's southern entrance. A long stretch of sable sand, a waterslide, volleyball courts, kayak rentals, and street performers keep things interesting all summer. Known locally for being gay friendly, it draws a diverse crowd. Amenities: lifeguards; water sports; food and drink; toilets; parking (fee). Best for: swimming; walking; sunset; partiers.