Where the water is crystal clear and the sand is soft.
All about the beach lifestyle
Once known as a tourist attraction for its amusement park, Crystal Beach is now considered a beach destination. Life in this laid-back lakefront community is all about the white sand beaches and being in or on the water. Perhaps the most famous beach on Niagara's South Coast, Bay Beach, has just about everything going for it: crystal clear and warm shallow water, soft white sand, accessible and modern facilities and a relaxed beach vibe. When you’re done soaking up the sun, stroll along the main drag and Hot Dog Alley for the trendy new shops and restaurants.
Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this lakefront community from Crystal Beach's most popular beach, Bay Beach. Featuring flawless white sand and warm crystal clear water. Bay Beach has undergone extensive renovations to provide an accessible and modern beach facility for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. New park components include: washroom facilities complete with lockers, change rooms, showers and a water bottle filling station, a new playground, a viewing deck, and an accessible ramp down to the beach mats to provide access to the water's edge.
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Bring along some local delicacies for the perfect beach picnic.
Grab some local eats on your way to the beach. Stop at Kings Head English Pies for some British takeaway. Or maybe Mabel's Gourmet Pizza for a New York-style thin crust stone baked pizza. Opt for something on the lighter side with fresh smoothies, salads, bowls and avocado toast at Shaka. Save room for dessert, especially the cronuts at Cravings By Jayne, if you're lucky enough to snag one.
You're never too far
Just an hour and a half from Toronto on the QEW, makes for an easy weekend getaway. Or make year-round lakefront living a reality and relocate to the beach. Located 25 mins from Niagara, 15 mins from Fort Erie and 20 mins to the Peace Bridge means you're never far from anything.
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Like other South Coast beach towns, Crystal Beach is decidedly more popular in the summer, where the population can swell to three times its year-round size. However, the draw of life on the lake has now made Crystal Beach a real estate hot spot with an expanding population of year-round residents, referred to as Beachers. Here you'll find quiet cottage-filled residential streets alongside luxury waterfront homes and new developments.