Vancouver Island’s Mystic Beach has been named one of the best in the world by an international travel website.
The website, bigseventravel.comrecently compiled its ranking of the world’s 50 best beaches, and while the usual suspects of the Caribbean, Mediterranean and other tropical regions of the world were featured prominently, Mystic Beach stands out as the only Canadian location and one of the three in North America.
Sitting at 42, the Mystic Beach site description begins by acknowledging that Canada isn’t often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of beaches, “but with some 15,000 miles of beaches, it should do it.”
“Mystic Beach, located on the south coast of Vancouver Island, is one of the most enchanting (in Canada). Located along the Juan de Fuca trail, the white-sand beach is surrounded by lush forest, with a scenic waterfall that tumbles directly into the brilliant blue sea.
In terms of ranking, Mystic Beach falls between Eagle Beach in Aruba and Diani Beach in Kenya. Playa Conchal in Costa Rica received the highest honor for its “astounding biodiversity” and status as an eco-friendly destination. The small beach is known for being covered in crushed seashells and wrapping around a turquoise bay.
Siesta Beach in Florida was ranked the highest in North America, ranking fourth thanks to its quartz crystal powdery sand and gentle lapping waves, while Punta Mosquito in Mexico was ranked fifth thanks to its secretive status the best kept, its clear lagoons, lush mangroves and powdery white sand.