I prefer camping in a more “up-kept” environment. A place where the grounds are taken care of, bugs don’t tend to linger, and there is enough to do that it doesn’t really feel much like “camping” (I am not a ‘sit around the campfire and do nothing but drink’ kind of gal). Oh, and tents are definitely out of the question.
If glamping is your preferred choice as well, then Crystal Cove Beach Resort in Tofino is the place for you! Their RV Park most certainly checked off my entire camping wish list.
The grounds are so meticulously landscaped they even rake the gravel paths each day. The first time we went was in March, and as our own yard was still very much in a wintry state (no flowers in bloom, debris everywhere, leafless trees, etc.) we couldn’t get over how beautiful everything looked at Crystal Cove Beach Resort.
(The image below was taken during the March trip)
Amenities at Crystal Cove Beach Resort
If being steps away from the sandy shore isn’t enough of a temptation to stay at this resort, maybe these other amenities will help:
- a large playground for the kids, equipped with sand toys galore (which they let us take down to the beach)
- a coin-operated laundry facility
- a large collection of books, DVD’s, puzzles and board games to rent or borrow
- pet friendly
- a dog washing station – which comes in handy after a day at the beach for both dogs and kids 😉
- complimentary firewood and Wi-Fi services
- an on-site coffee bar that serves Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks! (that’s what sold me).
If you aren’t into “roughing it” in your RV, the resort also offers fully equipped, modern log cabins for rent. Some of them even back directly on to beautiful Mackenzie beach!
Speaking of Mackenzie beach…with calm ocean waters and soft sand, I can’t think of a better beach for young kids to enjoy. It offers over 1 km of shore to explore and is protected by tidal rocks, which help defuse any big waves coming in.
Although March is a bit early for most campers (even the most seasoned veterans), I highly recommend Spring camping in Tofino. The weather can be just as nice as any summer day (and often even better, for you aren’t having to deal with the fog that often shrouds the West Coast in August); and, there are virtually no crowds to contend with. As you can see from the picture below, we pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves.
We were so impressed with Crystal Cove Beach Resort the first time around we went back. Although camping on Labour Day weekend proved to be a whole lot busier than when we went in March, we enjoyed ourselves just as much.
If you are looking for a deluxe camping experience on the West Coat of Vancouver Island look no further than Crystal Cove Beach Resort! It is a popular spot, though, so please book ahead in order to avoid disappointment.
Crystal Cove Beach Resort is located at 1165 Cedarwood Place, Tofino BC., and 3 km south of the town of Tofino.
From Highway 4 West
- Follow Highway 4 West thru Port Alberni and continue along Highway 4 until you reach the Ucluelet-Tofino junction.
- Turn right towards Tofino on the Pacific Rim Highway.
- Crystal Cove (and Cedarwood Place) is approximately 30 km up the highway on the left hand-side.
Have you had the pleasure of staying at Crystal Cove Beach Resort? Let me know your thoughts below.