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7 Beaches & Hidden Spots To Explore For A Caribbean Vacation Near Montreal

From the island of Montreal to a "tropical island" in no time.
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Person atop an outlook in the Foley Mountain Conservation Area (left); Person sitting with Pink Lake in Gatineau Park in the background (right).

Person atop an outlook in the Foley Mountain Conservation Area (left); Person sitting with Pink Lake in Gatineau Park in the background (right).

If you're just itching to get away, but don't want to go too far, there are seven beaches and hidden spots near Montreal that'll totally give you tropical island vibes.

Living on the island of Montreal, we know a thing or two about "island life," but sometimes you just want to be on a tropical island instead.

That's why we're so lucky to live in a place with so much natural beauty and spectacular water. You'll feel like you're in the tropics before you know it.

And the best part is that the drives are all shorter than a flight. How awesome is that?

Plage Saint-Zotique

Address: 105, ave. 81e, Saint-Zotique, QC

Distance from Montreal: 55 minutes

Opens: June 2022

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: This is the classic spot when you're in need of a tropical getaway but don't want to go more than an hour from the island.

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Douglass Beach

Address: 213, chemin Lakeside, Lac-Brome, QC

Distance from Montreal: One hour and 10 minutes

Opens: Summer 2022

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: Another great spot, this beach is the perfect destination when you need to get out of the hustle-bustle of the city.

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Camping Havana Resort

Address: 631, 7e Rang, Maricourt, QC

Distance From Montreal: One hour and 30 minutes

Opens: May 2022

Why You Need To Go: This Cuban-inspired resort will give you a total "sorry-can't-talk-I'm-on-a-tropical-resort" vibe.

Pink Lake

Where: Gatineau Park; 33, chemin Scott, Chelsea, QC

Distance From Montreal: Two hours and 15 minutes

Opens: Motor vehicle access resumes in the summer of 2022

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: It may not actually be pink, but the turquoise waters are definitely worth seeing even if you can't swim here.

Blue Sea Lake

Where: Blue Sea, QC

Distance From Montreal: Three hours and 30 minutes

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List:This lake looks so much like a blue sea that it's called exactly that.

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Plage Saint-Irénée

Address: 15, Route du Fleuve, Saint-Irénée, QC

Distance From Montreal: Four hours

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: One of the farthest spots on this list, it's safe to say it's definitely worth the drive.

Foley Conservation Area

Address: 105 Foley Mountain Lane, Westport, ON

Distance From Montreal: Three hours

Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: Over on the other side of the border is this beautiful nature reserve with beautiful hikes and stunning views.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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