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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband selected this resort for a romantic getaway. We stayed in one of the LIghthouse suites-255. The room was very clean and I loved the the view of the beach, the well stocked kitchen and the comfy living area. The main problem is the lack of privacy. You can see from the picture that there is an outside walkway that runs along all the units, and the door into the neighbour's suite is right beside the bedroom window of our suite. What a poor design! At least the walls are thick and we never heard the neighbours through the wall. We were also disappointed that the suite did not have a view of the lighthouse that we could see from the beach. For the $$ we expected more from this resort. Don't miss the walk to Pettinger Point from the north end of the resort. It's the main reason that we would consider staying here again. The views from there are amazing!

Room Tip: Consider that the outside walkways of the Lighthouse suites prevent privacy. Some of the beach house...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We loved the Pacific Sands Resort! My only disappointment was that there wasn't a hot tub for our use, only a few private rooms had them and after a chilly surf or wet hike we would have loved one! If you don't care for hot tubs then this is a terrific place to stay! Very clean and lovely staff!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had a great 3 day weekend at Pacific Sands. I found the staff very warm and friendly and the reception area very well thought out I really appreciated the coffee bar. It looks like every room would have a great view of the beach. It is an amazing place at an amazing location so I can't wait to go back. Thank you for such a nice time See you soon. Glenn

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I've been staying at Pacific Sands for over 30 years and have seen many changes over that time. Thankfully the best things never change - the friendly and genuinely considerate staff, the cozy, family-style atmosphere, the well equipped units with spectacular views in each and every one and, of course, the beach. Everyday is an event not to be missed on beautiful Cox Bay. No matter what the weather each walk along the shore leaves me feeling refreshed and recharged; it's impossible not to feel fortunate to be there.
The management spares no effort to make their guests feel welcome - bottle of wine in your room, complientary hot chocolate, popcorn, huge selection of DVD's to choose from for when the sun goes down and the waves are no longer visible, even a large gazebo for holding a family BBQ, wedding reception or most anything else you can think of.
Of all the accommodation available in Tofino, Pacific Sands has been and remains my favourite place to stay.

Room Tip: Second story beach front units have the best views, the lighthouse suites are more sound proof. If...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We have been going to Pacific Sands Beach Resort for over 30 years..in the beginning, in some very rustic cabins. The cabins have gotten more modern but the essence of just being there has never changed. It is always amazing. No matter where in the world our family members have traveled, Pacific Sands in Tofino is still our favorite place in the world. The amenities, the accommodations, the staff, the air, the views. Perfect

Room Tip: I love the beach houses but I doubt there is a bad room here.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

My older sisters and I go on senior sibling trips a number of times a year. This was their third stay in the Villas at Pacific Sands and they loved it. I have stayed at the resort many times and am always pleased and impressed.
The full kitchen is great, as you can cook up a storm. We bring the basics and find the rest at the well stocked Co-op in Tofino. This is especially important as, while there are good restaurants in Tofino, you'll go broke eating every meal out if you are staying for a longer period.
We have already made next years reservations!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

On our "Wet Coast", October can be a time of fickle weather. We went expecting a lot of rain but actually had 3 really nice days out of 5. The surfers love the high surf at Cox Bay and we love to watch them. The beach is a good walk and the trails are well marked to Pettinger Point for a climb to the top of the rock viewpoint. The resort staff and management are really on top of things here. This trip we notice they have added a coffee bar and mini-grocery section to the office and they have once again added a certain number of pet friendly rooms. The suites have kitchens, tvs and rain slickers but no telephones and there is some wi-fi capability at the resort. If you need more groceries, Tofino town is about a 5 mile drive. Pacific Sands is a great place to get away from the city and job stressors and catch up with reading, walking and portable hobbies. Have been going to this resort for some 38 or 39 years now and it has become so popular that it can be difficult to get a room at the last minute.

Room Tip: We prefer the one bedroom lodge rooms with full beachfront view, but the villas are great when famil...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > 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 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#3 Green Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range: $149 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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