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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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Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort $156
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Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort

1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

    Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach $101
    Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach

    Herons Nest Romance on Chesterman Beach

    Tofino, BC
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      South Chestermans Beach Retreat
      South Chestermans Beach Retreat

      South Chestermans Beach Retreat

      1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino, BC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 3 mi (5 km).

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        Tofino, BC
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Tofino, this romantic vacation home is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) away.

          Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach! $237
          Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!

          Heron's Perch - Romantic Cottage on Chesterman Beach!

          Tofino, BC
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            Sea Star Beach Retreat
            Sea Star Beach Retreat

            Sea Star Beach Retreat

            1294 Lynn Rd., Tofino, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

              Blue Heron Guest House - Architecturally Designed Waterfront Home
              Blue Heron Guest House - Architecturally Designed Waterfront Home

              Blue Heron Guest House - Architecturally Designed Waterfront Home

              Tofino, BC
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this romantic vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                BriMar Bed and Breakfast
                BriMar Bed and Breakfast

                BriMar Bed and Breakfast

                1375 Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino, BC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Tofino bed & breakfast is just steps from Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Mackenzie Beach and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).