by Carolyn Batt

SunsetBayNow that June’s here, the beach is one of the most popular weekend destinations for Buffalonians. With nearly a dozen sandy shores along Lake Erie all within a half hourdrive, Western New York offers a variety of great places to soak up the sun.

Beaver Island– A half-mile beach for swimming with adjacent nature trails and picnic areas. Perfect for spending the day with your family.

Sunset Bay– Famous for its beach club, Sunset is the place to be on Sundays. There’s barely an inch of sand left by mid-afternoon as hundreds flock to catch the rays, play beach volleyball or have a drink at one of its bars.

Angola-on-the-Lake– The site of Mickey Rats Beach Club and Captain Kidds Waterfront Restaurant, the crystal clear waters and soft sands make this gorgeous beach a favorite destination. Grab a bite at Captain Kidds or a drink at Mickey Rats and make a day—or night of it!

Southern Ontario also offers a variety of beaches and many prefer to jet across the Peace Bridge for an afternoon of sun. As of June 1st, you’ll need a Passport, Passport card or Enhances Driver’s License to go across.

Crystal Beach– Once a well-known amusement park, Crystal Beach has preserved its legacy of being a fun place to spend the day. Plenty of sand and rock-less water make this beach the place to go for spending the day in the water.

Sherkston Shores– A family beach resort, Sherkston maintains its own little community with restaurants, a grocery store and accessibility through golf carts. This is one of the only beaches that allows you to drive your car right onto the beach.

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