Beach Safety Tips

One of the best parts of visiting B.C. during the summer is the warm weather and the sandy beaches. Fun must go hand-in-hand with beach safety, though, so here are some waterside tips for families to follow.  

1. Check for Flags & Signs 

Some beaches use flags and signs to denote location-specific warnings, like hazardous areas or dangerous marine life in the area. Any on-duty lifeguard will be able to explain these signs to you in they are unclear. If there is no lifeguard on duty, a quick Google search or a call/visit to a Visitors Information Centre should do the trick.

2. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen 

Obviously, UV rays can damage our very sensitive skin and even lead to melanoma and other permanent damage. Water, sweat, and physical activity can rub or wash away applied sunscreen throughout the day so you can’t just set it and forget it. Reapply any time you come out of the water and/or every 2 hours. You should also put sunscreen on 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure it’s properly absorbed by the skin beforehand. Also: know the temperature/weather concerns before you set out—the Weather Network app can help.

3. Maintain a Safe Distance From Others

Not only does this stop the spread of infectious diseases but it also prevents accidents and is proper beach etiquette. If you can, maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others. Try visiting the beach during “off hours”, like while locals are at work, or hunting for more spacey spots to sit, even if they are farther from the water.

4. Know Some Swimming Basics

Make sure everyone in your group knows basic swimming and water safety. At the very least, they should be able to dog paddle or hold their breath and float on their back. Swim in pairs (or more) for maximum safety. Younger children should wear floating devices or lifejackets if they are at risk. If you are a weak swimmer, keep an open water float nearby.

5. Keep Near to a Source of Shade 

Whether it’s a tree or a beach umbrella you brought along, a source of shade is important to protect against burns as well as sun sickness/stroke. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water, too, which will also help against the latter. Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sun poisoning are always a risk when it’s bright and hot outside.

Keep these beach safety and swimming tips in mind and ask a lifeguard in the area if you need more assistance. No lifeguard? Defer to the strongest swimmer in the family, watch out for one another, and travel (swim) in groups. Swim safe and have fun!

No beach plans yet? Maybe it’s because you haven’t found the right vacation spot yet. Contact us to book one of our cottages or rental properties for your family vacation.


If you’re visiting Kelowna, B.C., you are probably planning to hit the beach at some point. The Okanagan tends to get hot, hot, hot in July and August so being near the water is the perfect way to cool down. You’ll want to bring plenty of bottled water and sunscreen no matter where you go. This blog will give you the low-down on the best beaches in Kelowna.

You might be familiar with one or two popular tourist areas but we wanted to give you a better overview of different public waterfront areas. Here is our top picks for the best beaches in Kelowna. See how many you can check out during your stay!


  1. Sutherland Bay Park

Located quite northward in the city, Sutherland park is just “out of the way” enough to give you some much needed privacy during tourist high times. It’s located by Knox Mountain, which is great for hikes if you want to add some cardio to your beach day.


  1. Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is THE downtown park of choice. Not only is it in the heart of Kelowna, but you’ll often find markets and events going on in the area. There’s a bit of sand to enjoy by the water but it’s best feature is its grassy parkland, with plenty of shady trees.


  1. Stuart Park

Stuart Park is located near the Tourism Kelowna office, so anyone looking for a bit of extra help or insight into the area would do themselves a favour by coming here first. It’s also within walking distance of the Japanese-style Kasugai Gardens, which is a stunning local landmark.


  1. Hot Sands Beach

Located next to Kelowna City Park, Hot Sands Beach is a long stretch of shoreline that eventually meets up with Harvey Ave (the main highway). They have a dedicated parking lot are very close to downtown, and house “OkanaVan Crepes and Popsicles” for a quick, delicious treat!


  1. Boyce-Gyro Beach

This is THE beach to visit in the Kelowna area, so you may find it more crowded than some of the others on this list. It boasts a swimming area with a tree-lined park and an area for sports and volleyball.


  1. Sarsons Beach Park

Sarson’s Beach Park is located in the Mission neighbourhood, a quiet, residential area away from the downtown clutter and commotion. The area has a nice stretch of beach land, a playground for children, plenty of trees for shade, and a public washroom.


Those are just a few of the great beaches in the area but it will certainly give you a lot to go on. Let us know if you liked this feature and want to hear about more beachy hot spots.


Planning to visit a B.C. beach this summer? Let us help you find the perfect vacation rental for your stay! We have beautiful cottages for short- or long-term stay, for small gatherings or large groups. Give us a call and we’ll find the right fit for your Okanagan vacation plans.

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Dog-friendly Parks & Beaches for Your Vacation

Bringing your furry friend on vacation? Want to make sure they have a paws-itively perfect time? Here are some dog-friendly parks and beaches that will have your bestie feeling right at home. (Please remember to check park websites for up-to-date information and notice of park/road closures during the cooler months).

Kelowna (more info here)

Knox Mountain Park – the city’s largest Natural Area Park has both on-leash and off-leash areas.

City Park – the park has a range of facilities including trails, beach access, tennis courts and a play area. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Waterfront Park – you can walk all the way from this park to City Park on the boardwalk. Dogs are required to be on-leash.

Myra Bellevue Provincial Park – a beautiful provincial park with a number of trails, the Kettle Valley railway and Myra Canyon. Dogs must be on-leash throughout the park and backcountry areas are not suitable for any pets due to wildfire issues and potential conflicts with bears.

Poplar Point Drive #1 Beach Access – lovely beach access where dogs are required to be on-leash.

Vernon (more info here)

Silver Star Foothills Trail this is part of the Grey Canal trails and is very popular with dog-walkers. Expect stunning panoramic views and dogs on-leash.

Kalamalka Lake – the dog beach lies between Cosen Bay and Juniper Bay. Since the beach is stony, you will need appropriate footwear if you’d like to splash around with your pet.

Ellison Provincial Park – Sandy Beach is dog-friendly. Access the beach by taking the trail leading out of the campground, near sites 11 and 12.

Middleton Mountain Trails – dogs are required to be on-leash.  These trails offer stunning views of the local area and are home to a variety of birds.

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Ready to plan your vacation? We have a limited number of cottages that are pet-friendly, so please make sure you request one when you are making your reservation and we will try our best to accommodate your request! Call our friendly La Casa team at 1-888-226-5566 or email for more information. We hope to see you soon.

p.s. Sections of the beach at La Casa are also pet-friendly! 

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Your Beach Vacation Packing List


Have you ever had a hard time deciding what to bring to the beach? If so, we can help you! The essentials are listed below:

  • Beach Towel

La Casa Cottage Resort doesn’t rent beach towels so make sure you bring your favourite one from your home! What’s your go-to towel?

  • Sun Screen

Want to soak up the sun? It’s important to use sunscreen whilst outside, click here for more information!

  • Beach Bag

We recommend a bag made from waterproof material with a distinctive pattern so that you can spot it easily among others.

  • Sandals/Flip flops

To complete your look, choose a set of sandals that is comfortable, durable- and stylish! Flip flops are another option.

  • Swimsuit

Last but not least: a swimsuit! Whether you’re a fan of bikinis, one-pieces or shorts, having a flattering, colourful swimsuit is a must…so make sure you don’t forget to pack one.

Now you’re ready…

The Okanagan region is known for beautiful lakes. Not sure idea where you should go? Here’s our Top 10 Beaches in the Okanagan! If you are planning to do watersports, you’re in luck! There are so many places to do kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, scuba diving, and fishing.


Ready to head to the beach but haven’t booked accommodation? Call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email  to find your perfect cottage at La Casa Cottages!


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto


Sun and sunscreen

The best way to soak up the Sun


Summer is coming! Do you like play in the sun? We’re here to give you 3 tips to getting healthy and glowing skin without the damage that comes from too much sun.

  1. Apply sun protection before sunbathing

Many people think that you cannot get a tan while wearing sun protection, but that is not true. You should always apply sun protection because sun damages your skin, leading to aging, wrinkles, sun spots, and more serious consequences such as cancer. There are two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. A is for ageing (the UV rays that permanently damage your skin cells) and B is for burning (the radiation that causes sunburn and sun damage). SPF (sun protection factor) works to protect against both. The sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm, so be cautious of sunbathing for too long within this period.

  1. Moisturize

While sunbathing, your skin gets dry. Using moisturizing cream will help protect your skin from drying out. Most outdoor tanning lotions are designed to replenish the moisture. Make sure you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated as well!

  1. Calm your skin

After sunbathing, you will also have to moisturize your skin to make the bronze even. You can also use a cooling cream or have a cool shower to get rid of burning and calm your skin.

Outdoor tanning lotion

To shorten the time taken to get a healthy tan while also protecting your skin from excessive sun damage, try an outdoor tanning lotion. Outdoor tanning lotions are available for all skin types and come specially labeled for oily, dry, sensitive, and combination skin types. Different formulas of outdoor tanning lotions are available depending on the tone you would like your skin to have – medium, dark, olive, and so on.

Most outdoor tanning lotions can be categorized into following types.

  • Accelerators

This is to speed up the skin tanning process; stimulate skin cells to produce melanin.

  • Maximizers

This is for those people who already have a base tan but want to take that tan deeper.

  • Bronzers

This combines with either accelerators or maximizers. It helps you the color you want while your skin darkens underneath it.

  • Anti-Aging

This benefit contains vitamins designed to fight signs of aging, especially those that result from sun damage. It can be combined with accelerators, maximizers, or bronzers.

  • Tattoo Protection

UV rays can fade and damage tattoos, and protecting them will allow them to remain vibrant for longer.


Thus, you have a variety of options to get your best tan. Find your perfect one and head to the beach! There are more than 30 beaches along Lake Okanagan’s shores, and the water can reach 23°C by July. If you are interested in visiting the Okanagan, check out our great selection of lakeside cottages


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto