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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 Tin Wis Resort Lodge £110
Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 694 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tofino Botanical Gardens and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Tofino Resort + Marina £76
    Tofino Resort + Marina

    Tofino Resort + Marina

    634 Campbell Street, Tofino
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 40 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Eagle Aerie Gallery, Tofino Bike Park and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym. Tonquin Park and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Sea Star Beach Retreat
      Sea Star Beach Retreat

      Sea Star Beach Retreat

      1294 Lynn Rd., Tofino
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 32 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Chesterman Beach, Tofino Botanical Gardens and Schooner Cove. Mackenzie Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Jamie's Rainforest Inn
        Jamie's Rainforest Inn

        Jamie's Rainforest Inn

        1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 254 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach. Schooner Cove and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Long Beach Lodge Resort £166
          Long Beach Lodge Resort

          Long Beach Lodge Resort

          1441 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 212 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Tofino resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schooner Cove, Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

            2 Bedroom Groundswell Suite Steps From Chesterman Beach
            2 Bedroom Groundswell Suite Steps From Chesterman Beach

            2 Bedroom Groundswell Suite Steps From Chesterman Beach

            , Tofino
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 3 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is close to Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens. Also nearby are Mackenzie Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym.

              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 is within 1 mile (2 km) of Chesterman Beach and Schooner Cove. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Mackenzie Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Surfers Studio Steps From Chesterman Beach
                Surfers Studio Steps From Chesterman Beach

                Surfers Studio Steps From Chesterman Beach

                , Tofino
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is close to Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens. Also nearby are Mackenzie Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym.