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  • kenna h
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long Beach is famous for its long stretches of sandy beaches, dramatic shoreline, and powerful surf. It's a popular spot for surfing, beachcombing, and taking in beautiful sunsets. Visitors can stroll along the sandy shores, watch the crashing waves, and enjoy the coastal scenery.
    Written 24 July 2023
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  • Ahshanul Haque Sunnah
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    this is a place where you can relax after a long term stress. you can breathe out all your stress pain and anxiety. Here, only you and the ocean before your eyes are real, Everything else doesn’t matter at all. It’s been a month since I have taken a break from my classes, works, and the only chance I have got, didn’t even think twice to have a long drive of 300km, just to visit this beach, and after a long, hectic journey I have made it here and it was worth it. Perfect place if you consider walking around, relaxing, surfing, sunbathing.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • S F
    Ucluelet, Canada802 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The iconic & highly-regarded travel guide, Lonely Planet, has just this January 2024 —- in its always highly anticipated & regular reviews — named Chesterman Beach in Tofino, on Canada’s Wild West coast, the 6th best beach in the world.
    Chesterman Beach is certainly impressive with its 1.7 mile long firm sandy arching beach.
    In addition, to one side it has an interesting cluster of tidal rock pools, & if the tide is right, one can walk out to join with the area of Frank island.
    Tofino has a good selection of beaches at which to surf, to walk on, do yoga on, or to contemplate the world from, as well as beaches close by in the Pacific Rim National Park—- the spectacular stretch of land, connectingTofino to its non-identical twin ocean village, Ucluelet, or Ukee, as locals affectionately refer to it as.
    This coast is blessed with a significant number of beaches along the tantalizing Pacific Ocean.
    Chesterman offers many moods over the day, often starting with romantic foggy mornings, invigorating times with waves, walking & exploring in the day, ending with enchanting sunsets in the evenings.
    As a life-commited ocean lover, I have travelled to a fair number of great beaches on five continents — also, too, discovering secluded gems in the process, & with that I am delighted Lonely Planet decided to include Chesterman Beach — just up the road from where I now live in Ucluelet — in its top 10 beaches on the planet.
    Posted by S Fuller
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • RaptorDC
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the first tim who I have been and The forest is so big and the wildlife is so dense. There used to be fewer bears, but now the population has increased considerably. The scenery is always splendid and so is the welcome.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Andy B
    Harlow, UK516 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed a delicious drink at the end of a hike. There is an excellent range of beers and seating inside and outside. If you like stout the 'kelp stout' is marvellous. They also do taster flights,vans the staff are happy to discuss what's available. A range of glass sizes is on display so you can easily see which size drink you would like
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Amnon M C
    Tel Aviv, Israel62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb place, natural and a holy place for the original Natives.

    I was there many years ago, when it was not well known and transportation was by private sea plane, as it is still, but you can also charter a boat to get there if you want a special place indeed.

    What I liked best, is that you can select from the chain of the pools, the temperature you like, as cold as the ocean it flows into and as hot as the waterfall, because the spring is simply much too hot.
    Written 19 February 2024
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  • AnLil
    966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like nature, mountains and water, you won’t get better than the UNESCO biosphere of Clayoquot Sound. Long settled by Americans, draft dodgers and Catholic priests, photos depict the First Nations on the West coast (Nuu-chah-Nulth Council Maaqtusiis from the area of Naciks or Ahousaht reserve) taken to several local historical Indian residential school sites. Cycling highway 4 or renting a car from Nanaimo airport offers a mountainous and scenic few hours’ driving stretch to Tofino, where a fishing vessel (G.I. Charles) or water taxi ride (Robinson’s Elsie Jay) can be prearranged from the government dock. To get to the Wellness Centre or Wild Side Trail on Ahousaht Nation’s Flores Island, pack food or ask someone knowledgeable of Ahousaht Fisheries about obtaining
    local oysters, Halibut, salmon, red snapper, copper and cod fish. From Templar Channel /Clayoquot Sound’s waters you’ll spot whales, otters, or grazing black bears around Vancouver Island. Riding by Pacific swells at the sandy stretch near Esowesta Reserve and Casiiwa (tsa-shii-wa) Incinerator Rock at Long Beach (24-hour info. 250-726-3604) there are park washrooms; and past the Botanical Garden you can stop at shops. Seaman Luke Robinson of ElsieJay has everything you need to know if heading to destinations in and around Tofino. Rhino Cafe offers great coffee and a washroom stop in the town. Just outside Nanaimo on the way to Port Alberni, there’s an information centre on the South side of highway 4 with free restroom access and picnic tables. Further on, you can pick up smoked salmon at Tom Watts’ home and buy his cookbook during another stop West of Port Alberni. If staying at Tofino, you can also catch a boat to Flores’ skateboard park or Hot Springs, and enjoy a kayak excursion. You’ll be entranced by magical Clayoquot Sound, where the Pacific Northwest drew explorers over three centuries. It’s a beautiful place that’s full of marine adventures to die for.
    Written 16 August 2023
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  • Paulshappy
    Courtenay, Canada4,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I am always in awe when visiting Henry Roy Vickers Art Gallery in Tofino, and in fact consider it a main reason to visit here! The structure is stunning, the interior is quiet and reflective, the art is amazing, and the gift shop is well-stocked with knowledgeable staff. During this visit I was able to meet the Gallery Director, Dale Morrow, a lovely young lady who was a real pleasure to speak with. I recommend 100% that you visit here, and best of all the admission is free!
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • rssrob
    West Kelowna, Canada683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trail is steep in places but a lot of it is boardwalk. Great views once you get down to the beach.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • Tam B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to watch the waves, sound of the roaring ocean wave after wave. Lots of surfers, tidal pools at low tide. Nice beach to sit and chill or build sandcastles with kids. Lots of room for dogs and kids to run amuck!
    Written 14 November 2022
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  • cymry
    Montreal202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    walked up the Tonquin Trail from Tofino village and did all 3 beaches. The first (Tonquin Beach) was truly stunning, appearing out of nowhere like a hidden little gem. The second was just a rocky outspur, while the third (Middle Beach) was similar to the first. A lovely hike and some great views! It took us about an hour, maybe a bit more to do the whole thing.
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • hamasi
    Santa Barbara, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a magical experience. Anna set up everything and was there personally to greet us. We were picked up by boat in Tofino harbor by Danny. After a 30 min boat trip, we toured the Ahousat village to learn all about their beautiful culture and see the amazing progress tourist is having in the community. We met a bunch of cute village pups too! We then hiked the trail. Even though it was raining, it was the most serene and gorgeous site. Be prepared for some tougher spots but overall an easy hike. Danny met us in Cow Bay and took us back to Tofino. You can hike back or camp that night and hike back in the morning. Either way... a must do!
    Written 1 July 2018
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