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“Long time favourite” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Vancouver
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Long time favourite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

I have been visiting Pacific Sands for over 20 years but have never reviewed it. I just returned from an 8 night stay in a one bedroom beachfront unit and as usual, it was a relaxing, totally enjoyable stay. The unit was very clean, comfortable and offered all the amenities I require. Additionally, the staff are always friendly and very helpful. So, I would highly recommend Pacific Sands to anyone heading to the Long Beach area for their first visit or to anyone returning to the area for a stay.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

We booked our room late and found a Beachfront Suite open for us and our golden retriever. We were lucky enough to have a couple of dry days as the pictures will show. Cox Bay is our favourite spot to stay and this was our first time at the Pacific Sands Resort. The rooms were large and up to date. There was the usual dog bowls and towel for the dog which is appreciated. The staff was kind and polite from beginning to end. Over all a great stay.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ESQUIMALT
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217 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

We are happy to return again and again ... Greeted by friendly knowledgeable staff who bend over backwards for you ... Best ocean views and waves crashing suites and decks are a bit small but very efficient .. Beds are very comfortable ... The storm watcher 3 night package is a great deal.. And the sunny glorious weather was an added bonus .. Had a great campfire in the facility provided and met some other happy customers .. Kudos to everyone at pacific sands for doing it right even with some ongoing construction.. We'll be back

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank b4i4gt
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

We recently just stayed and had a wonderful relaxing stay that exceeded my expectations. We were in one of the one bedroom lighthouse suites which offered a great view overlooking Cox Bay and the beach. Hearing the sound of the waves from our suite was a definite highlight and we enjoyed the fireplace. The ladies in the lobby were excellant. It was my first trip to Tofino and won't be my last and Pacific Sands will be my first choice of accomodation. They have a wonderful outdoor Gazebo area where you can start your own fire and use their BBQ's. We visited during slower season so it was quiet, peaceful and serene. I would highly recommend visiting in the fall. The raincoats that were provided in our suite was a lovely added touch. Pacific Sands provided us with a home away from home in an ideal setting with memories to last a lifetime. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sheri S
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Picking a place to stay for our first trip to Tofino was difficult even with the help from TripAdvisor reviews. Our expectations were exceeded at Pacific Sands. Our oceanview suite was comfy with a kitchenette and deck with a great view of Cox Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is only steps to a huge sandy beach to watch the surf and the surfers. The front desk was helpful in culling our list of prospective eating establishments. Upon arrival the power was out throughout Tofino (a not uncommon occurrence during the winter storm season) but candles were already supplied in the rooms. A car is definitely needed as there is no food service on the property and is a ten minute drive into town. A return to Pacific Sands is definite when we revisit Tofino.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Henry I
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Victoria, BC
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116 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

Not that we have a soft spot for Pacific Sands Resort in Tofino but we have figured out that since 1977 we have stayed there over 20 times. It has definitely grown up in that time. We usually stay in one of the Lighthouse Suites and try to stay four or five nights each time. Awesome views are just about everywhere. Every now and then stop looking out at the ocean and check out the forests and tree tops. We saw some great views. Normally it is nice to hike some of the trails but this visit it was just a matter of holding up inside in front of the fireplace. Marla tackled doing a puzzle on the table, I spent the week reading. This is one of the most relaxing holidays.
The rooms are comfortable and cabin like appointed. My idea of roughing it means there is no dishwasher in the unit. We find that we do have to do a little re-arranging in the room. The table needs to be pulled out so we can puzzle, the really ugly plaster shell needs to hide in a window, the pole lamp moves over to behind the couch, and a blanket or two needs to be added to the bed.
We always pick up enough food and treats for the first night but we make every effort to go into Tofino or Uclulet to go to the co-op and buy local groceries. For $10 you can buy a membership, help out the community and get some discounts along the way. After we have stocked up there is some great and interesting shopping around town.
We really like our annual visits to Tofino and Pacific Sands Resort. We are already planning to go back next year.
Something new has been added to the resort this year and that is they have a coffee bar in the hotel's reception area. Marla really enjoyed her Cafe Mocha.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank blamar
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Burlington, ON Canada
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

I stayed here for three nights over Canadian Thanksgiving 2011 in a one bedroom suite. Our room had an amazing beach view where you could watch the waves roll in. The unit comfortable for 4 adults, separate bedroom with a pull-out sofa in the living room, both beds were very comfortable. The kitchen was surprisingly well equipped and I had no problem cooking a full turkey dinner for 6. Large crab pots are available from the front desk if you plan on enjoying Dungeness crab - and you should! The staff were amazing, friendly and extremely helpful. I love Tofino and have stayed at a number of different properties there and this is definitely my favourite, I will be back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Katrinsa
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Property: Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Tofino
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on 41 pristine acres of property and 2500 feet of ocean front on Cox Bay. Adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park all suites and Luxury Beach Houses offer spectacular ocean or beach front views, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking storm watching. A walk to Pettinger Point is a must. Enjoy unrivaled culinary splendors at one of Tofino's many restaurants. Adventure tours of the Clayoquot Sound, beach combing and surfing are the most popular activities. ... more   less 
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