When it comes to accommodation in Tofino, there are tons of different areas to choose from. Whether you like to be in the heart of the action, or more removed and tucked away into the seclusion of Tofino’s beaches and forests, there’s a place for everyone, and the perfect spot waiting for you. Here’s the low-down on what areas you want to stay when you’re coming to the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Tofino has a quaint, yet scenic downtown. There are plenty of shops, fantastic, award-winning restaurants and offers everything anyone could want out of a west coast surf town. Staying right downtown offers a variety of vacation rentals, hostels and boutique suites and hotels. Facing out towards Cat-face, Meares and the harbour mean you’ll have stunning sunsets and a charming ocean view.
On the way into Tofino you’ll come across a number of enticing turn offs that head towards the true west coast. At their end lie a number of stunning oceanfront accommodation and resorts! These are a great option for taking in the beauty of the Island and enjoying that secluded R&R you likely came to seek. The downside is that some of these offer the more expensive price tags, but are definitely the most desirable when it comes to being by the ocean. Some are so close, you can hear the crush of the waves against the shore at night.
The Inlet Side
Some stunning boutique-type accommodation reside along the inlet and harbour-side on the way into Tofino. Not only does accommodation on this side offer some beautiful sunrise and sunset skies, but they cater to the finer things in life, with a reasonable price tag. They’re a bit closer to town than the beach-side stunners, but still offers the same seclusion. The only downside is that you’re a bit farther away from the surf.
Camping is another fantastic option when staying in Tofino. There are a number of campgrounds, both in the forest and along the beach, that are cheap and truly get you back to nature. Not into the idea of pitching a tent, or sleeping in a trailer? There are a number of forest-hugged cabins that are waiting for you as well. Being in the forest, removed from the beaches, gives you a whole other perspective on the coast – the towering rainforest is an incredible sight.
So, there aren’t really any prime spots to stay in Tofino, as everything is a fantastic option depending on what type of experience you want to have. Keep in mind, you’ll need a vehicle for any of these locations, as getting to the beaches and the rest of the fun can be few and far between thanks to the stunning nature in the way!