Looking for a go-to beach to catch some spring and summer rays in BC? It comes as no surprise that there are plenty of options in and near Vancouver. However, there’s one that truly stands out from the crowd: Chesterman Beach in Tofino, which was recently named one of the best beaches in the world by CondĂ© Nast Traveler.

Known for its rugged coastline, crashing waves, and “wild beauty,” Chesterman Beach is a beach-goer’s dream. Wide stretches of smooth sand, large driftwood logs, and lush forest surround it all.

CNT recognizes Chesterman for its popularity among die-hard surfers, and the famed Wickaninnish Inn which overlooks the ocean. This lands the Vancouver Island beach in the #16 spot out of 34 beaches across the globe, which include destinations like Fiji, France, Costa Rica, and New Zealand.

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From the shores of Hawaii to Australia, here are the 34 best beaches in the world, according to CNT:

  1. Palm Cove Beach, Australia
  2. Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  3. Breckon, Shetland
  4. Wategos Beach, Australia
  5. Ora Beach, Indonesia
  6. Mona Vale Beach, Australia
  7. Dune du Pilat, France
  8. Noosa Beach, Australia
  9. Awaroa, South Island, New Zealand
  10. Die Plaat, Walker Bay Nature Reserve, South Africa
  11. Grand Anse, Grenada
  12. Keem Bay, Achill Island, Ireland
  13. Fakarava, French Polynesia
  14. Marathonisi, Zakynthos, Greece
  15. Praia do Sancho, Brazil
  16. Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada
  17. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
  18. Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji
  19. Hidden Beach, Palawan, Philippines
  20. Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius
  21. Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos
  22. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia
  23. Pink Sand Beach, Barbuda
  24. Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  25. Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia
  26. Dolfynstrand, Namibia
  27. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, North Carolina
  28. RauĂ°asandur Beach, Iceland
  29. Jibei Island beach, Taiwan
  30. Uig Sands, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
  31. Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
  32. Al Mughsail, Salalah, Oman
  33. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba
  34. Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides

So there you have it, beach lovers! It turns out you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to visit one of the best beaches in the world.

Happy sunbathing!

Chesterman Beach 

Where: Tofino, BC