Looking for the perfect place to stay in the heart of Tofino set in the rainforest along the edge of the Pacific Ocean then Crystal Cove Beach Resort is the perfect place for you. Offering private camping spots, beautiful log cabins, the perfect beach to watch the sunrise and so much more.
Here is our guide to staying at Crystal Cove Beach Resort in Tofino British Columbia.
Getting to Crystal Cove Beach Resort
If you are driving from Victoria it will take about five hours to reach Crystal Cove Beach Resort. You drive North from Victoria along Highway (Island Highway), if you want to bypass Nanaimo take Highway 19 (exit right towards Campbell River) and continue to drive North from Nanaimo and watch for the Port Alberni exit (Highway 4 West). Drive through Port Alberni and continue along Highway 4 until you reach the Ucluelet-Tofino Junction. Turn right at the junction towards Tofino along the Pacific Rim Highway and Crystal Cove Beach Resort is another 30km down the highway on the left hand side.
Note* The drive between Port Alberni and the Ucluelet-Tofino Junction is a very mountainous and windy road that is only one lane for the majority of the way. Driving this road in the dark or rain can cause you to go much slower than initially expected especially if you are driving an RV. Make sure to go to the speed you are comfortable and pull over at the passing spots to let other cars by.
Checking In and Resort Office at Crystal Cove Beach Resort
The Crystal Cove Beach Resort office is open from 8:30am to 10:00pm everyday which is great to acomodate later arrivals. Upon arrival you will be walk into a beautiful log cabin type building where you will be greeted by friendly staff to help you to check in. The resort office beyond checking you in offers tour information, a list of sample menus for local restaurants in Tofino, complimentary DVD rentals, books to borrow as well as board games to play. You can also purchase firewood, laundry soap, ice as well as tours. The office also has a complimentary computer, telephone and big screen TV for guest use.
Additional to all the great amenities that Crystal Cove Beach Resort Office has to offer they also have Bean at the Cove Coffee Bar. Bean at the Cove Coffee Bar offers complimentary brewed coffee in the morning or offer teas, lattes, americanos, pastries and more for a price. Bean at the Cove Coffee Bar is open daily in the Summer from 8:30am to 3:00pm (June-September) and the rest of the season from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Cabins and Cottage Accommodation at Crystal Cove Beach Resort
One of the options for your Tofino accommodation is staying in a cabin or cottage at Crystal Cove Beach Resort. The resort is home to 34 modern log cabins which include a full kitchen, BBQ on the deck as well as a fireplace. Some of the cabins sit right along the MacKenzie Beach while others are tucked into the rainforest. We did not get the opportunity to stay in the cabins as we were camping in our RV but when we return we will definitely be staying in one of these cabins! To check out all the cabins offered at Crystal Cove Beach Resort check out their website here.
RV Camping at Crystal Cove Beach Resort
We had the opportunity to camp for two nights at Crystal Cove Beach Resort and loved every minute of it including the rain! This is the premiere Tofino RV park and camping that offers year-round RV camping in private spots that are tucked into the lush rainforest. Each site offers 30 amp power, sewer and water hook ups as well as a picnic table, wireless internet and a fire pit.
The shower house has flush toilets and offers warm showers that do not need tokens and have no timers shutting off the water. We stayed in site 7 and had lots of space in our campsite and felt secluded. We were just steps away from the laundry, washrooms, office as well as the beach. Check out the campground map here to find the spot best for you!
Things to Know Before Visiting Crystal Cove Beach Resort
We highly suggest you make a reservation whether it is during peak season or low season. Tent camping is not available at Crystal Cove Beach resort, but there are plenty of other places you can camp including Pacific Rim National Park if you are travelling with your tent. There is a minimum of three night minimum stay during peak season and two night minimum stay during low season. Pets are welcomed at Crystal Cove Beach Resort as long as they are on leash on the grounds.
Top Things to do at Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Our top recommended thing is to watch the sunrise over MacKenzie Beach it will be the perfect way to start your day. The pink and purple hues that light the sky as the sun begins to rise behind the campground are a site you will not want to miss. Watch the waves crash into the rocks and listen to the sound of the beach. This serene setting is the best way to start your day with a cup of coffee from Bean at the Cove Coffee Bar.
Explore the grounds of Crystal Cove Beach Resort with the beautiful organic gardening that is located throughout the grounds and the beach. Explore the winding roads that take you through the rows of beachfront cabins and cottages, private RV sites and find your spot for your next visit to this hidden gem of a Tofino destination.
Crystal Cove Beach Resort is one of the nicest campgrounds we have ever stayed in with the beach access steps away from all accommodations, the complimentary drip coffee, board games, DVDs and books all for borrow really are a nice touch. It is the perfect getaway for family, couples and friends. Regardless of your trip you will not be disappointed with your stay at Crystal Cove Beach Resort and we cannot wait to come back!