It's summer time and that means our travel bug is itching and we want to get out there and explore. I don't know about you, but I've basically been daydreaming of traveling every day since the weather started warming up. I sit in the office or in class and just dream about all the places I would go if I had a plane ticket right now.
But alas, plane tickets are just too expensive right now. Traveling is amazing and it's definitely worth it to save up and treat yourself to an unreal trip once in a while, but it's also good to spend your money close to home.
Staycations are sometimes just as good as an actual vacation. Think about it, you're saving money on a plan ticket, you don't have to worry about packing, and it requires literally 0 travel time.
Lucky for us, Montreal is full of amazing things to do in the summer time. So if you were hoping for a beach vacation, a European vacation, or a vacation that will make you fully relaxed, Montreal has all of that right here!
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Beachclub is perfect for a staycation in Montreal. If you can't get away to an actual tropical beach, this is one of the closest things you'll find, right here in the city. They have famous DJs here throughout the summer, a giant refreshing pool, cabana beds, and a beach of course!
2. Clock Tower Beach
This relaxing beach lays right on the St. Lawrence River in Montreal's Old Port. It's located right beside the giant clock tower and is totally relaxing for a staycation in the city. Hang out in the chill beach chairs, or on your own towel and tan the day away.
3. Village Au Pied Du Courant
This awesome hidden beach has so much going on this summer. You can do yoga here, enjoy amazing music here, and drink here during the evenings! It's located right beside the Jacques Cartier bridge giving you unreal views of the lights at night. This is definitely worthy of a staycation outing this summer.
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4. Jean-Doré Beach
Located on Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau, right across the water from the city, this beach is perfect for a secluded getaway. You can lounge in the sun, play beach volleyball or swim in the refreshing water! You'll feel like you escaped the city when you come here this summer.
5. Cap Saint Jacques
This beach spot is actually located on the island, which is surprising because of how secluded it feels. It's located in Cap Sainte-Jacques Nature Park, enjoy the surrounding nature trails, beach volleyball or lounging in the sand!
6. Bois-de-l'Ile-Bizard Nature Park
This Nature Park has so much to offer as a staycation spot. Bring your bike and enjoy the lengthy bike paths, relax on the sandy beach, or explore the surrounding marshes and ponds within the forest!
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1. Spend Time In Italy At Mezza Luna Cooking School
Feel like you've stepped right into Italy at Mezza Luna in Montreal's Little Italy. They offer cooking classes where you can learn how to make tons of classic Italian dishes like gnocchi, pizza, ravioli and so much more! You'll step out with a whole new set of skills and a full tummy.
2. Spend Time In France At Notre Dame Basilica
Feel like you stepped right into a cathedral in France at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica. It's located in Old Montreal's main square and is perfect for a weekend adventure. Take at tour of this breathtaking basilica for your next staycation.
3. Spend Time In Germany At World Trade Centre
This place is a hidden sanctuary in Montreal that everyone should visit at least once. The indoors are seriously breathtaking but did you know that they actually have a piece of the Berlin Wall on display here? Transport yourself straight to Germany here!
4. Spend Time In Portugal At Rotisserie Romados
This spot is one of Montreal's best Portugese chicken restaurants and for good reason. Their chicken recipe is totally authentic and delicious, their fries are crispy and amazing, and you can get Pastel De Natas for dessert!
5. Spend Time In Greece At Rodos
Park Avenue in Montreal is named Montreal's Greektown but it isn't largely represented. However, you can find a lot of amazing greek restaurants in this area and other places in the city if you're looking to escape to Greece this summer. Enjoy some classic Greek food at Rodos Restaurant on Park Avenue!
6. Spend More Time In Italy At Cafe Olympico
One of Montreal's best Italian Cafes, Cafe Olympico is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a coffee for the day. Grab some fresh bagels from St. Viateur down the street and a nice latte and you'll be set for a few hours!
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1. Bota Bota Spa
This spa on the water is perfect for a staycation in the city. If you haven't been here yet, you've gotta go because it's honestly the most relaxing spot in the city! Relax in their multiple hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms for the entire day.
Check out their website for prices.
2. Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montreal
Also located in Old Montreal, this Scandinavian spa is the best option for a relaxing staycation. It's completely silent and filled with hot and cold tubs for their classic hydrotherapy. Let the water soothe you this summer!
3. Crew Collective & Cafe
This cafe, built in an old RBC bank in Old Montreal is perfect for a staycation getaway. You'll feel like you escaped from the city directly into the 1920s and it's amazing. Enjoy some delicious coffee, lunch and brunch options, or pastries!
4. Argo Bookshop
This spot is perfect for book lovers. This is the oldest English-language bookstore in Montreal and they always have some great reads. Browse the rows of books, relax and read for a while, and buy your favourites when you're done!
5. Enso Yoga
This yoga studio is perfect for a relaxing getaway in the city. You can take a variety of hot yoga classes like barre classes, pilates classes, yoga flow classes, and more! Take relaxation to a new level and get a good workout out of it at the same time.
Check out their website for schedules and prices.
6. Le StyleBar
Le StyleBar is a blow dry bar located in downtown Montreal. Treat yourself to a relaxing blowout with styles starting at just $30! Their decor is sleek and white, and the stylists are always friendly and so skilled. Leave feeling like a movie star with your newly styled hair.