by Courtney Elko
This unique property has a variety of accommodations – from multi-bedroom, beachfront cabins with Jacuzzis, to park-your-own RV or glamp in a provided RV – all within steps of gorgeous Mackenzie Beach. Mackenzie Beach is one of the most popular family beaches in Tofino because of its cove location that creates calm waters. Located only five minutes from town, Crystal Cove is ideal for families of any size or desired luxury needs. Kids will love the large, onsite adventure playground, having campfires on the beach or hanging out in a pint-sized tree houses in some of the cabins. There is an onsite coffee bar and free Wi-Fi and a staff that will feel like your family by the time you leave.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront, pet friendly property
- Cabins with kid’s treehouses and Jacuzzi’s
- RV park or rent a “glamping” RV
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
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This resort offers a variety of accommodation types. There are 34 beachfront and rainforest cabins with kitchens. You can park your own RV with all the RV hook-up amenities in one of the 60 RV sites or you can glamp in one of the resort’s RVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property and pets are welcome.
These adorable log cabins all include a fully equipped kitchen with a full size refrigerator, a BBQ and a Jacuzzi on the deck and a fireplace and flat screen television and DVD player in the living room. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins can sleep between two and eight people. Some cabins feature bunk beds and others feature a sleeper sofa. All of the bathrooms offer stand up showers. Some cabins offer direct beach access and others are set in the rainforest amongst the trees. Kids will love the two-story Treehouse Cabins, which offer an adjoining small tree house high in the trees where kids can play. The staff is also happy to stock your cabin upon arrival. Provide your grocery list and they will do the shopping for you. You can also hire a personal chef if you so desire.
There are nine “glamping” RV units available to rent on the property. So if your family wants the RV experience for just a few nights or for the week, you can rent one here. The spacious RVs are outfitted with a fully equipped kitchen, television and DVD player, queen bed and sleeper sofa, a dining table and a BBQ on the small deck with chairs and a fire pit outside. These RVs also have bathrooms onboard as well but the communal bath house with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities is a just a short walk away as well.
Each RV site offers electrical, water and sewer hook ups, Wi-Fi, a picnic table, fire pit and BBQ. A communal bath house with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities is a just a short walk away as well. Families can drive in and immediately feel at home.
Looking for the ultimate romantic getaway? Private hot tub, warm fire, gorgeous views kinda trip? The Crystal Cove Beach Resort in Tofino is an absolute must. But wait! They are also the perfect options for a family trip with kiddos. Rent one of 30+ cabin or tree houses for a week and you’ll never want to go back home! This resort has the most amazing staff, they are always smiling and offering to help in anyway they can, whether it’s a text to see if you require anything, to opening the door when you’ve got your hands full! Their property is fully equipped with a playground with tons of fun wooden structures that the kids will love and get hours of play from. Perfectly located steps from the beach and a hop, skip and a jump to town. In their office they have DVD’s, board games, coffee, tea, an adorable herb garden just outside the doors and a social area. They even have a box of toys and beach gear for the kids to play with!
Our log cabin was amazing! We were stunned how everything was included in the stay as well. In our private secluded cabin we had a cozy outdoor area to enjoy breakfast and a good book. We had our own BBQ which comes with all the tools you’ll need to whip up an amazing BBQ dinner. Our very own private hot tub, we took full advantage of that! It had all the bells and whistles and was the perfect night cap to a great day. Inside we had a massive fireplace with all the wood you require to keep your cabin as warm and cozy as you’d like, we only put one log on and it lasted all night long. Not to mention the rooms were already warm with in-floor heating that kept our toes warm! The shower is beautiful and fits 2 for sure, felt like a rainforest! The bed was massive and super comfy.
I love how they have a full kitchen, it literally includes every single kitchen tool and gadget that you might need to cooking, baking, roasting, BBQ’ing, shall I go on? They even have a Cabin Stocking Program where you leave it to them to stock your cabin so you arrive with groceries and everything you need to settle in! I haven’t been to a resort that literally thinks of everything! Missing something? They will ensure it’s on your doorstep asap! There is so much to see and do on your vacation to Tofino, but you’ll definitely want to set some time aside for perusing around the hotel grounds or just enjoy a cup of coffee on your balcony and enjoy the sweet sounds of the crashing waves and the smell of fresh air. The grounds are well kept with beautiful flowers and not too much clutter to distract from the natural views. You’re only steps away from all the outdoor adventures your heart desires, from paddle boarding and kayaking, to hot springs, fishing and hiking.
Bonus, they are pet-friendly and also offer up to 60 private RV spots! Don’t have an RV?They have 9 Glamping RV’s you can rent as well! It’s crazy because there was a vehicle in each spot but I didn’t seem many people around, we were truly secluded in our private little nook which nice for a change!
We went for a last minute family trip and were beyond pleased with not only the property (which is stunning) but the service provided as well. Nice touches like firewood provided for our fireplace and coffee and tea available from an actual barista in the office ???? will definitely be back.
Mackenzie Beach is just steps away from the cabins and the RV area. It offers calm, shallow waters protected by a cove perfect for paddle boarding and wide, soft sand for beachcombing and walking. The water stays chilly here around 50 degrees but the kids will still love to play at the beach. Beach toys are available to use at the office. Several of the cabins are also beachfront and families can walk just a few steps from their deck to the sand.
The large outdoor playground can be found in the center of the Crystal Cove community. The colorful playground is as much an art piece as it is a playground. It offers climbing areas, slides, a tire swing, a teeter-totter and a pirate ship constructed by a Tofino teenager.
During the summer months and some holidays, the resort offers family activities called “Kids at the Cove,” where kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, nature hikes, Easter egg hunts and much more.
Some of the cabins offer personal, outdoor fire pits but small beach fires are also permitted during low tide. Firewood is available for purchase as well as S’mores kids in the summer months. Don’t forget a marshmallow stick! The resort sells roasting sticks that are handmade by a local artist and perfect for roasting marshmallows. DVDs and board games can also be borrowed from the office as well.
While there is no onsite restaurant there is an onsite coffee bar, complete with Starbucks coffee and homemade baked goods. Families will always find treats like ice cream, hot chocolate and S’mores kits here too.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complementary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property.
- Pet Friendly
Dogs are very welcome to stay at Crystal Cove.
Each cabins offers a personal parking area.
Laundry facilities for the RV park can be found in the bath house.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months are Tofino and Crystal Cove’s busiest times but really its busy almost year round at this resort. The cabins are booked throughout the year and busiest from about May through October. But many still visit in the winter months as well for storm season, which runs from late October through February. The weather is colder but it rarely snows. Instead, Tofino receives intense rains and winds in its winter months, which makes for great storm watching on the Pacific Ocean.
Tofino is located on Vancouver Island, which offers no bridges from the mainland. So a ferry is needed to reach the island by vehicle. Vehicle ferries from Vancouver to Vancouver Island take about two hours and it is then about a three hour drive to Tofino. A small number of flights to the small Tofino airport are also available and Crystal Cove offers an airport shuttle.
The resort itself is easily walkable. The beach is not far from any location on the resort. Town is about a five minute drive away. Biking and walking are the most popular and convenient ways to get around Tofino but a vehicle is also nice to have. However, parking can be at a premium in town.