Beach vacation guide

From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you

30 iconic beach experiences

Ignite your love for the shore with these classic beach icons. From boardwalks to bonfires, here are our favorite ways to dive in

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Harvey Humchitt


Lighthouse keepers aren’t easy to track down these days with machines taking over, but Harvey Humchitt is keeping the light on for us on B.C.’s Vancouver Island at Cape Scott Lighthouse. It’s remote—the only way there is a 10-hour hike along the Cape Scott Trail, or by aircraft or boat—but Harvey keeps busy doing weather reports every 3 hours for the Coast Guard, surfing the Web (it’s how he orders groceries), and exploring Guise, Experiment, and Nels beaches, all off the Cape Scott Trail. What has he learned about the sea? “Respect. One minute it’s calm, the next a raging torrent.” Best storm watching? “October, November, and sometimes February—we get hurricane-force winds.”


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