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Hostels in Ucluelet

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As far as accommodation goes, a hostel is often the cheapest choice and cheap is definitely something that is hard to come by on the west coast, especially during the summer season. They are, however, geared towards a particular crowd. Hostels are an accommodation typically for the younger travelers looking to save money on where they lay their heads to spend on other traveling goodies. Hostels can be a great way to meet other likeminded adventurers, and are a great way to stay in budget, while solving the problem of where to spend the night. Most have common rooms and a communal kitchen, too, so you can save more by shopping at the grocery store and cooking up a storm back at the hostel.

Today, the word “hostel” doesn’t have to bring up images of rows of bunk beds, smelly backpackers and restless nights thanks to the partiers. Many also have private units that, while still being cheaper than a night at a hotel, offer a more relaxing experience.

Ucluelet has two hostels in town – one a bit farther out with a large yard and pathway to the ocean, and the other right off of the main street with options for private rooms, as well as cottages. Compared to the hotels, motels, resorts and vacation rentals, they are a fantastic solution to finding a budget-friendly place to stay in Ucluelet. Not to mention, the staff is a ton of fun, and some even offer surf lessons and rentals!

Not convinced? Here’s a list of pros and cons to help decide of a hostel is the right place for you:

Pros

Cheaper

Kitchen and Common spaces

Make new friends

Private Rooms available

Cons

Bunk beds

Basic amenities

Younger crowd

Very Social

Can have more worn down furnishings etc.

 

To find out more about hostels and other accommodation available in Ucluelet, check out www.ucluelet-info.com/accommodation-ucluelet-bc

Vacation Rentals in Ucluelet

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For a home away from home experience, you can’t go wrong with a vacation rental. In Ucluelet, there are endless vacation rental options to fit any budget and desire. One thing is certain to come with all of them though, you’ll feel right at home on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

What makes a great vacation home? That’s up to you and it’s the best part of having one as an accommodation option. You could live in your dream ocean-front condo for a weekend, or post-up in a swanky loft. Choose the amenities you want: washer and drier, fully stocked kitchen, parking; and how luxurious, or cozy you desire. A vacation rental can be a truly catered experience and offers insight into what it would be like to live there. For some, you don’t even have to meet anyone – the place is yours from start to finish.

Vacation rentals are a huge market in Ucluelet, so there are endless options for you to pick from. Many are ocean view, and pretty much all of them are just a short walk away from downtown. There are plenty of luxury options, as well as more low-key budget-friendly selections. From large houses with hot tubs, to cozy cabins and stunning condos, the town has something for every taste, too. With so many things to do in the summer, it’s nice to come back to a place that feels like home and be able to put your feet up after a big adventure. Not to mention, you can cook a fantastic meal in your own kitchen, which breaks up that endless parade of restaurant meals when you travel.

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If you want to have a local show you around and let you in on all the secrets, a vacation rental can also be a great option for that. Ucluelet locals are friendly, and often welcome questions about the area. Not only do they know a ton about local wildlife, activities and the best spots to eat, some might even take you there themselves and show you. Then, when you return, you already have some friends, and know all the best places to go. You’ll also feel like you know Ucluelet better than you might have if you’d taken that room at the resort.

 

For more about Ucluelet and its accommodation options, check out www.ucluelet-info.com/accommodation-ucluelet-bc

If you already know that a luxury condo is the vacation rental for you and you want it at a good price, check out this site that works out of Ucluelet: www.vancouverislandvr.com.

 

Choosing the Right Accommodation for You

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With so many choices popping up in Ucluelet, it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on picking the perfect accommodation to suit your vacation. There are a lot of different points that will help determine whether you should be tucking in at night in a five-star resort, enjoying a cozy cabin, or pitching your tent in the perfect campground. Let’s get started and find that perfect accommodation for your west coast vacation.

First, a major determining factor on the west coast, especially during summer will be your budget. How much are you willing to spend per night? If you know you want the best of the best, prepare for upwards of $400 per night. If you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to your bank account, you can find a bed for as cheap as $30 a pop, but you’ll be staying in a hostel, or getting a campsite. Once you know how much you want to spend, you can start ruling places out.

What about an ocean view? You are on the coast after all. If seeing the ocean is a priority, you can rule out most of the downtown options and campgrounds. If hearing the surf, you’ve really narrowed it down. If you’re not as picky about being right by the ocean at all times during your visit, then you’ve got some more choosing to do.

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If you’re bringing a pet, your choices are pretty easy. A number of places definitely don’t allow animals, so things like vacation rentals can all but be ruled out. Same with some of the hotels. However, campground and other cozy spots are super pet friendly, but you’ll need to consider a pet charge that usually applies per night on top of the room rate.

Finally, you need to choose what amenities are important to you. If the kids are demanding a pool and your wife wants a gym, it looks like you’re booking the West Coast Motel. Maybe you’d like to be able to cook your own meals – now you’re going to need to find the accommodation that offers full suites like Waters Edge, or Blackrock, or you might want to look into a vacation rental. To enjoy the great outdoors, you can choose any of the campgrounds in Ucluelet, and if you want a bed on a budget, there are a couple great hostels.

For a full list of accommodation options in Ucluelet, check out www.ucluelet-info.com. If you want a comparison to its popular neighbor, Tofino, pop by www.Tofino-Info.com, too.

So, say you want a full kitchen to cook all your meals because you have a picky eater, and an ocean-view is a must for your time on the coast. You also need a bed for yourself, and your teenager really doesn’t want to be sharing a room with you while they’re checking their Instagram and Facebook late at night and you’re trying to sleep. A hot tub isn’t necessary, but a balcony, or patio sure would be nice. Plus, you’re on a bit of a budget, but can spend a bit more if the place is something special. Oh, and you’d like a fireplace… It gets cold on the coast. Sounds like a vacation rental would be the perfect choice. For an example of what you can get for a decent price, check out www.vancouverislandvr.com.

Best Area to Stay in Ucluelet

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Ucluelet is a relatively small town, but there are still a number of different areas to consider when booking to stay. Depending on what you’re after from your vacation, there might be a spot that suits your needs better than another. Check out the different areas of Ucluelet below:

Harbour

The harbour can be a great place to stay in Ucluelet, especially if you’re booked in for an early morning fishing charter! The Ucluelet Harbour is relatively close to downtown, and offers a beautiful view of the inside passage. You can watch from your window as various vessels come and go, and enjoy relatively easy access to most of the things that Ucluelet has to offer in terms of the town and various tours.

The End of the Peninsula

Private coves and beaches are the draw for spending your nights at the end of the peninsula. With private views, cozy cabins and your own walk-on beaches, plus easy access to the Wild Pacific Trail, it is definitely a desirable place to lay your head in town.

The West Side

Beautiful luxury condos, stunning sunsets, easy access to small beaches… The west side of town is a delight, and is where Ucluelet’s top resorts and most desirable vacation rentals reside. It reaches the second half of the Wild Pacific Trail within minutes and gives you easy access into town.

Downtown

The small town of Ucluelet is far from bustling, and that’s how people there like it. Staying right in town gives you cute views of Mount Ozzard and the harbour, with easy access to all the eats and shops. The Wild Pacific Trail isn’t too far away, either. In fact, nothing is. Staying downtown means pretty much everything, from the lighthouse loop, to Solidarity Snacks are right nearby.

Just Outside Downtown

On the way out of (or in to) Ucluelet can be a great spot to stay. There are plenty of campgrounds located in the area, and the other accommodation out that way is pretty cheap. Depending on what side of the way you’re on, you might even have a nice little bay view.

Mill Stream

Mill Stream is on the very outskirts of Ucluelet and while that may not appeal to some, it definitely has its perks. First, accommodation that way is fairly cheap because they know the convenience of town isn’t really all that convenient. You’ll need a car, but it’s likely you’ll already have rented one anyways. Again, the places usually have beautiful views and a different sense of seclusion that the other areas don’t offer. Finally, you’re way closer to Tofino and the surfing beaches than the other spots, and there are still plenty of trails around to explore.

 

There are more than a couple options for staying in Ucluelet, and while nothing is ever too far away no matter where you stay, you can definitely still have a preferred spot. Check out www.vancouverislandvr.com for the west-side luxury condos, and www.Ucluelet-Info.com/accommodation-ucluelet/ for the lowdown on other types of accommodation available in Ucluelet. For more on the town itself and the rest of Vancouver Island, pay a visit to www.discovervancouverisland.com.

 

Resorts in Ucluelet

In a place rich with stunning views and nature, there should be accommodation available that matches the splendor of the land. That’s definitely the case in Ucluelet, where after years of basic accommodation and camping, a few luxury resorts started to pop up. While a true, back-to-nature experience can be great, sometimes on vacation you just really want to treat yourself.

What to Expect

Ucluelet’s resorts are lavishly decorated in West Coast style. Expect cedar touches, soaring ceilings, and driftwood, beach finds and coastal hints everywhere. To fight off the rain and chill, most have cozy fireplaces that tempt you to take a seat next to its warmth and light. Massive picture windows are a must, as the ocean-views are as five-star as the resorts themselves. Service is friendly, the amenities fantastic and the comfort level of each of the rooms, lodges, cabins or suites will make it hard to leave in the morning to go explore. This is a bonus if visiting during the rainy season.

Cost Factor

While the cost of staying in a more upscale accommodation option in Ucluelet is a bit higher than others, it can be well worth it. For one, accommodation here in the summer is already expensive. If you truly want to treat yourself, then the extra cost to upgrade to a resort makes all the difference. If it’s completely out of the question in the summer, but you had your heart set on that first-class experience, try booking a suite in the winter. The offseason offers a unique experience of Ucluelet (winter storm watching!), and the cost of accommodation drops significantly.

The Experience

Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with a morning walk on the beach – directly out front of your room. Spend the day at the spa, soak in the hot tub after a day’s adventure, or sip some wine watching sun set from your private patio. Cook a meal in your fully-equipped kitchen, or have someone else do the cooking at a highly ranked, onsite restaurant. Finish off the evening with a drink at the lounge listening to live music. The resorts in Ucluelet can offer any of these experiences, you just need to book the one that fulfills exactly what you want.

So, while Ucluelet can offer a rugged, outdoor experience, it also knows a thing or two about the luxury side of life. You’re encouraged to try it next time you visit Ucluelet BC on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

 

To find out more about Ucluelet’s resorts and accommodation, check out www.Ucluelet-Info.com!

If you’re not sure a resort is the place for you, www.vancouverislandvr.com has some fantastic vacation rentals at a great price instead.

Camping in Ucluelet

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People coming to the West Coast often seek to rejuvenate themselves and spend some quality time with Mother Nature. Not to mention, in the summer accommodation in Ucluelet can be very expensive. To get around the price and get back to nature, camping can be the way to go. Not sure it’s for you? Check out this pros and cons list for camping in Ucluelet to help you decide!

Pros

  • In Nature 24/7

-If the goal is to spend time with Mother Nature, camping is the way to do it. How refreshing!

  • Hot Tubs

-That’s right – some of Ucluelet’s campgrounds have hot tubs. One amenity you won’t have to give up!

  • Ocean Views

-Some of Ucluelet’s campgrounds have better ocean views than your standard hotel accommodation. Take that $400 nights!

  • Cheaper

-See above. Especially when split between friends, camping is the cheapest way to go. Your wallet and bank account will thank you.

  • Camping Food

-Food tastes better outdoors, plus you can have things like S’mores.

  • Campfires

-A real fire with that bonfire smoke smell beats a fake gas flame any day. Plus, again, S’mores.

  • Private or Social

-Camping can be as isolated or as communal as you want. Make friends with your neighbours, keep within your own site, for find a camp site tucked away in the forest.

  • Disconnected

-Once your battery dies, it’s just you and nature. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

  • Stars

-With hardly any light pollution from city lights, camping provides prime, star-gazing conditions.

  • Cool Camping Gear

-Retractable cups, a knife that’s also a flash light… There is some FUN gear for camping out there.

Cons

  • Need a Vehicle

-Both the campgrounds and surfing beaches are a bit farther from Ucluelet than ideal – you’ll definitely need a vehicle to get places other than your neighbour’s site.

  • Wet Wetsuits

-Especially if it rains all night, with no cozy mudroom to dry your suits, you’ll need to get used to wrestling into a cold, wet suit every day.

  • Pit Toilets

-Going to the bathroom basically outdoors, unless you pick a campground with normal toilets, might offer a bit more “back to nature” than you hoped for.

  • No Showers

-The ocean is your bath tub and your playground. Cold water is good for your muscles, right?

  • Cooking Outdoors

-While food does taste better outdoors, getting up first thing on a chilly morning to make a pot of coffee can be challenging. Especially if it’s raining outside.

  • Nowhere to Charge Electronics

-Disconnecting can be a con, especially if no social media is considered a punishment. Remember to bring a power bank if this is a scary thought.

  • Extra Planning

-Camping isn’t quite as easy as just showing up. There’s meal planning and gear planning, and setting up and tearing down and dressing for the weather…

  • Rain

-The West Coast of Vancouver also gets the most rain. Prepare for the possibility, even in the middle of summer.

  • Damp Everything

-A lower altitude and steady ocean breeze means pretty much everything will be damp in the morning, and sometimes all day. Yes, even the outhouse toilet paper.

  • Wild Animals

-Back to nature really means “back to nature” on the coast. Learn how to be bear aware, wolf aware and cougar aware before heading out to spend 24/7 outdoors.

 

If camping really isn’t your thing, check out www.vancouverislandvr.com for luxury, ocean-view condos to stay in instead!

For more on Ucluelet, check out www.Ucluelet-Info.com.