Cavendish Beach is PEI’s best-known beach. It has miles of white-gold sand surrounded and protected by gorgeous sand dunes. If living the beach life is an addiction then Cavendish Beach is the gateway drug. It’s located right in the heart of Cavendish within the National Park, which makes it super convenient for a family trip to the ocean. If you’re on the hunt for things to do, this beach has got it covered. Explore the walking trails or take part in the Park’s interpretive programs on beach ecology and wildlife. Weekly programs include expert advice on how to make the coolest sandcastles. The PEI National Park protects its dunes by limiting foot and bicycle traffic to designated paths and boardwalks. So no dune surfing here! Likewise, the north shore beaches are important nesting habitats for endangered birds like the Piping Plover so dogs are not permitted on the beach.

Insider’s Tip: If you lose your shades in the surf, the Cavendish Boardwalk is just a short drive away and it’s jam packed full of funky shops to meet all your  beach vacation needs. All PEI National Park sites have day use fees that help pay for the facilities, interpretive programs and protection of these awesome spots. This beach is wheelchair accessible with extra wide ramps and beach wheelchairs you can book through the visitor centre.

Where to Find it: Cavendish is 45km north of Charlottetown. From the city, take PE-236 to Malpeque Rd./PE-2W. From PE-2W turn right onto Rustico Rd./PE-7, continuing on PE-6 to North Rustico. Turn left on Line Rd/PE-269 before turning right onto PE-13. Continue on PE-13 N toward Cavendish. Turn right onto Graham’s Lane, following signs to Cavendish Beach.