Chesterman Beach

Chesterman Beach featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Chesterman Beach

Lennard View House is a private home on Chesterman Beach in Tofino
Lennard View House is a private home on Chesterman Beach in Tofino
Tofino, BC
Stay at this beach vacation home in Tofino. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Chesterman Beach and Frank Island are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Our second home.
"For the past seventeen years we have spent at least one week during the summer at Chesterman House and it and the owner have become important to us. Each year as we leave, we look forward to returning."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lennard View House is a private home on Chesterman Beach in Tofino
--> Magnificent 2Bed 2Bath Tofino Beach House DIRECTLY on Chesterman Beach ! < -
--> Magnificent 2Bed 2Bath Tofino Beach House DIRECTLY on Chesterman Beach ! < -
Tofino, BC
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Tofino. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great location
"Great location. The home could do with some upgrading for the price but overall a great experience"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

--> Magnificent 2Bed 2Bath Tofino Beach House DIRECTLY on Chesterman Beach ! < -
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Chesterman Beach and Frank Island are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Great house and location. Lovely grounds. Easy checking and out. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

South Chestermans Beach Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Zed Tofino
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Lennard View House is a private home on Chesterman Beach in Tofino
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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!
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Chesterman Beach Paradise is a short walk from our sunny deck. Read our reviews!
The Getaway, A contemporary home on private 2 acre waterfront property.
The Getaway, A contemporary home on private 2 acre waterfront property.
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