Second Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Stanley Park. It is good for swimming and sun-bathing in the summer months. Located a short walk along the Stanley Park Seawall from English Bay, it is accessible and not far into Stanley Park.
Second Beach is good for sunbathing. There is lots of sand to lay out on and some logs to lean up against.
You can swim at Second Beach also. There is a roped-off area in the middle where rocks have been cleared away. It is too rocky to go out too far outside this area. There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer. Be aware that the ocean water does not ever get too warm in Vancouver for swimming. For those that prefer a heated swimming pool, the Second Beach Outdoor Swimming Pool is right next to the beach.
There is NO beach volleyball on Second Beach because there isn't so much room and there is no court defined. You need to go to English Bay Beach for volleyball. Additionally, there are no watersport rentals. Some people bring their own kayaks to use.
Second Beach can get very busy during sunny days in the summer.
There is a Concession Stand with quite a large menu and Washrooms at Second Beach. Second Beach is also next to Ceperley Park with it's 2 playgrounds, and field where many people picnic and normally big events, such as the annual Terry Fox run happen.
Second Beach doesn't really have an address, but the address for the adjacent Concession Stand is 8501 Stanley Park Drive. It is located near the intersection of Stanley Park Drive and North Lagoon Drive. This is on the south-west side of Stanley Park between English Bay Beach(aka. 1st Beach) and Third Beach.
The Second Beach parking lot is a large parking lot on the west side of Stanley Park, but you have to drive all around Stanley Park to get to it. There is another large parking lot on the east side above Ceperley Park which is easily accessed from the Beach Avenue entrance to Stanley Park. Both of these parking lots are close to Second Beach. For more detailed information (rates, times, etc.) about parking and parking lots in Stanley Park, please read: Parking in Stanley Park
By Car: Enter Stanley Park from the Beach Avenue entrance and continue for about 1km.
By Bus: Take public transit to the corner of Denman St. and Davie St. which is at English Bay. Walk or Bicycle from there(as described above).