Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

What surprised me the most about Nova Scotia? I never thought a visit to the beach would have been one of my favorite memories.

Carters Beach [Carters Beach Rd, Port Mouton, Nova Scotia B0T 1T0, Canada] is a true hidden gem. At the end of a quiet residential road there is a small parking lot, when filled the cars line up the street. There are no facilities. It’s worth roughing it for the crystal clear water and scenery.

Walk away from the little crowd right in front of the entrance and out to explore mini forested peninsulas that jut out into the water.

It may look like a picture perfect Caribbean beach, white sand and turquoise water, but dip one toe in and you’ll soon remember you are much farther north. It is biting cold, but frightfully refreshing. On a hot summer day there is no better way to cool down than a polar bear plunge. Some hardy young boys were climbing out to the rock and jumping in.

Just watch for seals.

Respect this beautiful local treasure. Carry in and carry out.

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