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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

Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
4.3
of 5, from 587 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mackenzie Beach and Tofino Botanical Gardens. Chesterman Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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 2 miles (3 km) of Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay and Tofino Botanical Gardens. Mackenzie Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£53
Jamie's Rainforest Inn

Jamie's Rainforest Inn

1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
4.1
of 5, from 230 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Mackenzie Beach and Chesterman Beach. Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym and Cox Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

BriMar Bed and Breakfast

BriMar Bed and Breakfast

1375 Chesterman Beach Road, Tofino
4.9
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Tofino bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay and Mackenzie Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Mackenzie Beach Resort

Mackenzie Beach Resort

1101 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino
3.3
of 5, from 22 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino cabin 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).

Sea Star Beach Retreat

Sea Star Beach Retreat

1294 Lynn Rd., Tofino
4.6
of 5, from 25 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 Mackenzie Beach. Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym and Cox Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Cedar Shack Cabin With Private Hot Tub 200 Feet From Chesterman Beach

Cedar Shack Cabin With Private Hot Tub 200 Feet From Chesterman Beach

1336 Chesterman Beach Rd, Tofino
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

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

2 Bedroom Groundswell Suite Steps From Chesterman Beach

2 Bedroom Groundswell Suite Steps From Chesterman Beach

1358 Chesterman Beach Rd, Tofino
0.0 out of 5.0

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