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Chesterman Beach
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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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Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
Tofino, BC
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated in Tofino, this vacation home is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (37 reviews)
On the beach!

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Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino, BC
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Situated near the beach, this cottage is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)
Good place to stay at but stinky

"We had a good time at the cabin but there was a really bad smell coming out of the kitchen or bedroom, difficult to tell. We also did not find the place to be well maintained. Check in at 4:30pm is a bit too late compared to other places we stay at. Other than that, really quiet and relaxing ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

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Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!
Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!
Tofino, BC
The price is CA $315 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated on the beach, this romantic cottage is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

4.6/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Four Nights over Christmas

"We have stayed in a few Tofino rentals over the years for Christmas and all set up a little tree for us. When we told the caretaker we were disappointed he informed us the owners don’t normally rent over the Christmas period. Just thought it would have been a nice, simple touch. The wine glass selection ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

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Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach
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Tofino, BC
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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3.5 out of 5
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1375 Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino, BC
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The Getaway, A contemporary home on private 2 acre waterfront property.
Tofino, BC
The Getaway, A contemporary home on private 2 acre waterfront property.
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