The 3 Best Nova Scotia Beaches

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  • 1. Carters Beach

    Carters Beach

    A dreamy mix of white sand, gently dunes and light blue waters, Carters Beach reminds many who visit it of the Caribbean. Just off Highway 103 close to Port Mouton, where there are plenty of picks when it comes to accommodation, the beach remains entirely uncommercialised and is free of facilities beyond a small car park.

    Usually without crowds, the beach consists of three separate crescents of sand. Each faces… read more »

  • 2. Crystal Crescent Beach

    Crystal Crescent Beach
    Ben MacLeod
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Roughly 30 kilometres south of Halifax, Crystal Crescent Beach sits at the mouth of the provincial capital's harbour within a provincial park. But this does nothing to take away from the natural beauty of this area of coastline.

    Crystal Crescent Beach is actually formed of three white sand beaches dotted with oversized pebbles, each of which are backed by low shrubs. This gives them a sense of privacy and seclusion. Boardwalks… read more »

  • 3. Ingonish Beach

    Ingonish Beach
    Dennis Jarvis
    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Surfing

    Very much a summer destination, Ingonish Beach pretty much disappears entirely during the winter months, only for the sands to be redeposited afresh by the waves each spring.

    Situated within Cape Breton Highlands National Park on Cape Breton Island, the beach forms the ocean-facing edge of a thin strip of land separating a freshwater lake from the Atlantic Ocean.

    A boardwalk leads from the car park to the broad expanse of golden… read more »