Chesterman Beach

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Chesterman Beach featuring rugged coastline and general coastal views

Unwind on soft white sands and ride the waves at a picturesque beach where many people learn how to surf.

Grab a board and tackle the gentle breakers at Chesterman Beach or sit back and look on as rookies and experts surf the waves together. The 1.7-mile (2.7-kilometer) white sandy expanse is a popular place for learning how to surf. It's also where you can walk to an island, see migrating whales and explore tidal pools for marine life.

Chesterman Beach is named after one of the first non-native settlers to the region, and occupies a bay that is flanked by a pine forest. It is divided into South Chesterman which faces south and North Chesterman which faces west.

Tofino's beaches have been popular surfing destinations since the 1960s. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at surfing during your visit. There are a number of surf schools based in the district that offer first timers the chance to learn the basics at Chesterman.

Meanwhile, advanced surfers will love the bigger, more powerful waves that break further out to sea. All water users should be aware that the rip currents here can be very strong.

If you would rather keep your feet dry, relax and enjoy a spot of sunbathing. To spot some of the local marine life, wait until low tide to explore rock pools for crabs, starfish and other small creatures. Also, during low tide, make your way across the sand to Frank Island in the middle of the bay. From here, you can take in excellent views of the beach and the mountains behind it.

If you are visiting during the spring or summer, look out for dolphins and whales. At these times of the year, humpback, minke and pilot whales are often seen swimming close to the shore as they migrate down the coast.

Chesterman Beach is a 10-minute drive south from the town of Tofino. There are two parking lots and both have toilet facilities.

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Hotel Zed Tofino
Hotel Zed Tofino
3 out of 5
1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
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The price is CA $229 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Tofino hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (392 reviews)
"Cool spot but pricey. Amenities are good incl. hot tub and sauna, hidden arcade, and free laundry. Not sure why the resto is closed Tues/Weds though. Would have been nice to be able to grab a drink."

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2021

Hotel Zed Tofino
Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Tofino, BC
Situated in Tofino, this vacation home is steps from Chesterman Beach and Clayoquot Sound. Frank Island and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (45 reviews)
"Was a clean cozy modern place seconds away from the beach. Bed was very comfortable. Wish check in was a bit earlier. Comments for improvement- bathroom electrical outlet did not work, and we were not able to turn the fridge to a colder temperature. The accommodations had everything one would ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

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Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
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Tofino, BC
This family-friendly Tofino vacation home is located by the ocean, just steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach and Frank Island are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Right on the beach
"This beautiful property is nestled in the forest just steps away from Chesterman Beach. Very private setting close to walking and biking trails, and only a 5 minute drive to town. We really enjoyed the hot tub. Very relaxing after a day at the beach. This house has all the linens and cookware, etc...that ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2021

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Hotel Zed Tofino
Hotel Zed Tofino
3 out of 5
1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $229 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Tofino, BC
Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
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--> Magnificent 2Bed 2Bath Tofino Beach House DIRECTLY on Chesterman Beach ! < -
Tofino, BC
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South Chestermans Beach Retreat
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino, BC
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!
Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!
Tofino, BC
Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!
Sea Star Beach Retreat
Sea Star Beach Retreat
3 out of 5
1294 Lynn Rd., Tofino, BC
Sea Star Beach Retreat
BriMar Bed and Breakfast
BriMar Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1375 Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino, BC
BriMar Bed and Breakfast
Chesterman Beach Paradise is a short walk from our sunny deck. Read our reviews!
Chesterman Beach Paradise is a short walk from our sunny deck. Read our reviews!
Tofino, BC
Chesterman Beach Paradise is a short walk from our sunny deck. Read our reviews!
Michel's Cabin, Tofino B.C.
Michel's Cabin, Tofino B.C.
Tofino, BC
Michel's Cabin, Tofino B.C.
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