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Crystal Crescent Beach

White sands, crystal clear water, province park hikes and stunning Atlantic vistas make this beach a day-tripper’s paradise.

Crystal Crescent Beach is a stretch of three white sandy beaches backing onto Nova Scotia Province parkland. This secluded stretch of sand offers a range of attractions for active visitors and a crystal blue-green ocean vista for those who prefer relaxing on the shore. 

This is an easy day-trip from Halifax. The scenic half-hour drive meanders through Sambro Creek to the mouth of Halifax Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Stroll along boardwalks on two of the beaches and hop over the rocks to the third.

From the beach you can join a scenic and meandering hiking trail along the coastline. Pack some snacks and follow the trail all the way to Pennant Point, 6 miles (10 kilometers) away. Complete the full 8-mile (13-kilometer) trek that loops along the coast and features some diverse hiking terrain over beaches, boardwalks, stairs and rocks. Be sure to bring your own water, as this hike requires a full day.

Settle on one of the two family friendly beaches and enjoy warm sand and plenty of room to play. Visitors who are adventurous in body and spirit can clamber the rocks to the third beach and get back to nature in the secluded nudist area. 

The small convenience and take-out store nearby to the beach is handy for last-minute trips, or bring your own picnic and make a day of it. At the beach there are two pit-toilet facilities and benches for enjoying the scenery.

Warm Nova Scotian summers make August the best time to visit, when tourists swim all day in the clear turquoise water. There are many rewards for those who visit outside the summer months. Hike through the dunes and bracken to explore the Atlantic coastline and catch a sighting of Canada’s wildlife. Venture into the pine trees and sea grasses for excellent birdwatching.

Rent a car to reach Crystal Crescent Beach. The beach is accessible year-round and free to use. Find trail maps and hiking information online.


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Sambro Charming 2 Bedroom Oceanfront House - Stunning Views! Beautiful Sunsets
Sambro Charming 2 Bedroom Oceanfront House - Stunning Views! Beautiful Sunsets

Sambro Charming 2 Bedroom Oceanfront House - Stunning Views! Beautiful Sunsets

3796 Old Sambro Rd, Sambro, NS
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this romantic holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sambro Harbour Lighthouse and within 3 miles (5 km) of Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park and Pennant Harbour Lighthouse. Crystal Crescent Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Closed Will Reopen in 2021
    Closed Will Reopen in 2021

    Closed Will Reopen in 2021

    24 Mountain Hill Road, Ketch Harbour, NS
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Chebucto Head Lighthouse and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sambro Harbour Lighthouse and Pennant Harbour Lighthouse. Crystal Crescent Beach and York Redoubt National Historic Site are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Cambridge Suites Hotel CA $99
      Cambridge Suites Hotel

      Cambridge Suites Hotel

      1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Neptune Theatre and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        The Westin Nova Scotian CA $79
        The Westin Nova Scotian

        The Westin Nova Scotian

        1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in South End, Halifax, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Pier 21 National Historic Site. Discovery Centre and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are also within 15 minutes. Halifax Station is only a 1-minute walk.

          Prince George Hotel CA $93
          Prince George Hotel

          Prince George Hotel

          1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock and Grand Parade. Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre and Halifax City Hall are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites CA $72
            The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

            The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

            1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Halifax Citadel. Scotiabank Centre and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are also within 15 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              The Barrington Hotel CA $74
              The Barrington Hotel

              The Barrington Hotel

              1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Neptune Theatre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

                Sal's Bed & Breakfast by the Sea
                Sal's Bed & Breakfast by the Sea

                Sal's Bed & Breakfast by the Sea

                241 Village Road, Herring Cove, NS
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Herring Cove, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of McNabs Island Provincial Park, Maugher Beach Lighthouse and York Redoubt National Historic Site. Long Lake Provincial Park and Sir Sandford Fleming Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).