Roam+Board :: Pacific Sands Beach Resort

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[trip style =  beach + weekend getaway]

What
Sprawled across the northern end of Cox Bay, Pacific Sands Resort is so close to the ocean that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. At high tide I could almost reach out and touch the water from my Beach House balcony, while at low tide the water retreats so far into the Pacific that it reveals a sand bar big enough for a jumbo jet to taxi for a mile. 

Located on the western rim of Canada's Pacific coast in Tofino, British Columbia, Pacific Sands is the only all-suite resort in the area. Couple this with its 2,500 feet of coastline and rooms built toward the beach, and it's no surprise why a view of the swell comes standard with every stay. 

Starting with a collection of cottages in the 1970s, the 41-acre property has grown into a well-groomed beach resort with 77 suitesall with kitchensranging from one-bedrooms to Beach Houses {sleep 6} perched a few feet from the sand.

The sand summoned me every second: In the morning for a sea-sprayed run or surf session, in the afternoon for beach-combing, in the evening for a bonfire {paired with a glass of BC wine}. This cushy, front-row seat to the sea is why my family has been frequenting the shore-side stay since I was a mere twinkle in my parent's eyes. In keeping with the tradition, now that the Trip Styler crew has expanded, it's one the first places we took Baby Styler   

Trip Styler approved.

Where
Located in Canada's surf city, Tofino, BC, five hours from Vancouver by car, including a 90-minute sailing aboard BC Ferries. Tofino is a place where waves rush the shore and salt air gives your hair the perfect beachy texture. It's a place where dressed up means jeans and a toque and fish tacos are an acceptableand deliciouseveryday lunch.

When
Year-round. Tofino is cozy in fall and winter, sea breezy in spring and fresh in summer.

Who/Why
This is your motto: "Life's a beach."          

Cost
Rates start at $200/night for a Lighthouse Suite and $460/night for a Beach House. All room categories include a patio or balcony facing the beach, full kitchen, gas fireplace, Pacific Sands rain slickers, WiFi, parking and use of outdoor BBQ gazebos. Bark woofpets are welcome for $40/stay.

Photos

 Cox Bay

Cox Bay

 A sunset slice of the 41-acre property 

A sunset slice of the 41-acre property 

 The Beach Houses {each with its own washer-dryer}

The Beach Houses {each with its own washer-dryer}

 When I return, I'll plant myself here to watch the sunset

When I return, I'll plant myself here to watch the sunset

 Coffees from the resort's Beans on the Beach Espresso Bar featuring Victoria-based Caffe Fantastico beans {voted one of Canada's best boutique roasters} 

Coffees from the resort's Beans on the Beach Espresso Bar featuring Victoria-based Caffe Fantastico beans {voted one of Canada's best boutique roasters} 

 View from my Beach House

View from my Beach House

 Master bedroom in my Beach House

Master bedroom in my Beach House

 Each suite comes with a kitchen

Each suite comes with a kitchen

 The Pacific Sands' CAD $11 breakfast delivery program sources locally-made muffins, granola, etc.

The Pacific Sands' CAD $11 breakfast delivery program sources locally-made muffins, granola, etc.

 The view, captured from my balcony

The view, captured from my balcony

 Dog Styler striking a pose on the beach

Dog Styler striking a pose on the beach

 Year-round waves and a soft, sand-bottom shore make Cox Bay a top choice for wave-riding locals and guests 

Year-round waves and a soft, sand-bottom shore make Cox Bay a top choice for wave-riding locals and guests 

 Heated outdoor showers for Mr. Trip Styler's post-surf warm-up

Heated outdoor showers for Mr. Trip Styler's post-surf warm-up

 Storm-watching on a blistery afternoon

Storm-watching on a blistery afternoon

 Obligatory portrait with Mr., Baby and Dog Styler in tow

Obligatory portrait with Mr., Baby and Dog Styler in tow

 A typical Pacific Sands afternoon, best enjoyed with a bottle of BC wine

A typical Pacific Sands afternoon, best enjoyed with a bottle of BC wine