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“A Special Place :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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“A Special Place :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We are repeat visitors (had our second visit in October), and it's become a special getaway place for us. The resort is very laid back, good service and good housekeeping. Primo location!!! Cox Bay is absolutely fantastic, and exploring the shoreline and rock cliffs is awesome - so many little critters live here, it's very cool. Not to mention amazing storm watching/wave watching here. We stayed in an Ocean View Studio suite both times (both #371 and #374 - note that #371 has a slightly better view of the water than #374 does). Very cozy little suites, we stayed for 5 nights and it felt like a little home while we were there. Only downfall is that there is no restaurant on site, BUT the restaurant at the Long Beach Lodge next door (literally right up the beach, about a 2 minute walk) is fantastic - pricey, but one of the best meals you will have - the food is to die for. Can't say enough good things about this place, it's a real gem - will definitely be back again for visit #3 in the future. :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We quite enjoyed our 5 night stay at this resort on Cox Bay. Great location and right on the beach. Only complaint we have is staying on the ground floor can be a bit noisy if someone is staying above you.

Staff was excellent and they have pet friendly suites. We will probably return there again, but we'll stay on the top floor for our next visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Have been to Pacific Sands many times and I'm always impressed with this wonderful place. The staff has been again very warm and friendly. I appreciate their help after I made a mistake booking the wrong room. The staff rearranged our room quickly. I'm looking forward to my next visit. It's always a pleasure being there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sechelt, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Excellent location for watching the waves and walking on the beach. Rooms are nicely appointed and kitchen is small but has everything you need. Staff were friendly and let us have our suite early on day of check in.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

What better way to escape from life's troubles than to take a walk on a private beach?

I went to Pacific Sands after my parents made it clear they couldn't go take the package I had bought them, so I let them know and they held my package until I could go myself. I will tell you right now, one night was NOT enough! We had a wonderful room with very nice utilities, clean and comfortable and feet from the beach. Waking up to see the waves was a magical experience, as was being able to sneak out and go on the beach in the middle of the night to see all the stars overhead.

The staff are friendly to the extreme, and I think it's so funny that you can rent videos and get boardgames for your family while you're there. It gives it an old-time lodge feel while still being very modern. Oh, and they also refunded me the remaining value of my package after my stay. If that doesn't say good service, I don't know what does.

I'm very much looking forward to getting some time off to visit again. What a wonderful place to refresh yourself!

(March 2009 actually, but I wanted to let everyone know how awesome they are still.)

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Agassiz, B.C. Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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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