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Chesterman Beach

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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Lodging Near Chesterman Beach

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Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge $91
Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 782 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is just steps from Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Jamie's Rainforest Inn $83
    Jamie's Rainforest Inn

    Jamie's Rainforest Inn

    1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 278 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Mackenzie Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Cox Bay Beach Resort
      Cox Bay Beach Resort

      Cox Bay Beach Resort

      1431 Pacific Rim Hwy Tofino, Tofino
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 296 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino resort is within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Cox Bay Beach. Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Sea Star Beach Retreat
        Sea Star Beach Retreat

        Sea Star Beach Retreat

        1294 Lynn Rd., Tofino
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 37 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Cox Bay Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Black Bear Guesthouse $98
          Black Bear Guesthouse

          Black Bear Guesthouse

          926 Black Bear Lane, Tofino
             
            4.9
            of 5, from 16 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound, Chesterman Beach, and Cox Bay Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Mackenzie Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Dolphin Motel
            Dolphin Motel

            Dolphin Motel

            1190 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
               
              2.8
              of 5, from 89 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Mackenzie Beach are also within 15 minutes.

              Long Beach Lodge Resort $152
              Long Beach Lodge Resort

              Long Beach Lodge Resort

              1441 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 229 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Tofino resort is just steps from Clayoquot Sound and Cox Bay Beach. Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                South Chestermans Beach Retreat
                South Chestermans Beach Retreat

                South Chestermans Beach Retreat

                1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 5 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this condo building is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Cox Bay Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).