Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Cox Bay is a popular beach and surf break just outside the boundary of Pacific Rim National Park, a few minutes south of Tofino. While not nearly as expansive or seemingly endless as Long Beach, Cox Bay is a 1.5-kilometer-long stretch of soft sand scattered with a typically West Coast assortment of driftwood, kelp, and other tidal debris. Since it is located just outside of Pacific Rim National Park, there are a few resorts along the beachfront. The beach still has public access with free parking, and for the most part the lodgings are set back behind the row of driftwood piles deposited by the last king tide so as to allow beach-goers a sense of unspoiled natural beauty.

Surfers flock to Cox Bay during the summer months because this west-facing beach seems to catch the smaller swells and tends to produce decent-sized waves while neighboring, Long Beach and Chesterman Beach are mostly flat. Another advantage offered by Cox are the webcams at Pacific Sands Resort and Long Beach Lodge, which provide an opportunity to monitor the conditions from afar.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Good surfing. Beautiful beach. Free parking. No need for a park pass.

Cons

Partially developed beachfront. Big crowds. Waves are sometimes not beginner-friendly.

Features

Lighthouse
Lodging
Surfing
Tide pools
Wildlife
Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Tide pools

Location

Field Guide

Comments

A great place to checkoff a bucket list item - Surfing on your 70th Birthday, New Years Eve 2016
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