Cox Bay or “Surf Beach” is one of the area’s most popular surf breaks as well as a common tourists location. A small parking lot and short walk give easy access to the bay.The west facing directionand shape of the 1.5 km beachenhances the action of the swell to make Cox Bay the most consistent beach break in the Pacific Rim. Several of the largest resorts on the west coast are also on Cox Bay’s shores. Romantic sunset walks are a common sight. The wind blown and gnarled trees bordering the beach provide a hedge unlike other beaches in the Pacific Rim.
The name was changed from False Bay to Cox Bay, taking the name of John Henry Cox who led one of the earliest fur trading expeditions to the area.