Chesterman Beach, Tofino

4.7
#1 of 147 in Beaches in Canada
Take a walk along the long stretch of sand at Chesterman Beach, as surfers ride the waves and friendly locals walk their dogs. Find a spot to sit and enjoy the sunset, or build a fire after dark and watch the stars. At low tide, you can stroll out to the rocky island outcrop and explore the exposed tidal pools. Keep an eye on the time, though; the tide can rise very quickly and could leave you stranded on the rocks. For Chesterman Beach and beyond, use our Tofino tour planner to get the most from your Tofino vacation.
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  • This is our favourite beach while in Tofino. Nice wide beach, very long and we feel that it is better than Long Beach. Great surfer watching as well  more »
  • Really good for surfing, but check the waves before you go. Good parking, shorter walk to the water than Cox Bay (important when carrying heavy surf board). Good for first time surfers for sure. Lots ...  more »
  • If you want to walk for hours on a sandy beach this is it. Then treat yourself at the Wickinnish Inn coffee shop or fine dining restaurant. This is a favorite surfers beach.  more »
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  • Rain or shine this beach is amazing. Very popular spot for surfing.
  • Stunning. Must see. Surfers everywhere having a great time!
  • Good waves, if this beach is low try walking south to the next beach.
  • Beautiful beach! There are north and south sections of the beach with different surf conditions. Also a great place just to hang out and have a fire.
  • Lovely beach, with beautiful sunsets.

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Many options cluster around the township itself, in the island's north, with those near the beach or the town's marina usually proving the most popular. If the town feels too touristy, look farther south--you can find plenty of small hotels, guesthouses, and private holiday rentals along the coast, just off the Pacific Rim Highway. Make sure you reserve your accommodations in advance if planning to visit between June and September, the height of the season.
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