Nature June 04, 2015
12 Incredible Washington Beaches You Need To Check Out This Summer
Ready for another amazing summer in Washington? Here are 12 beaches to relax on if you’re in need of a Northwest paradise:
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Moclips isn't as well-known as Ocean Shores or Westport, but the small coastal town is still just as serene to visit during the summer. It's a relaxing place to go for a walk on the sandy beach, digging for clams, or just to catch the sunset over the ocean.
2. Alki Beach
Located in West Seattle, Alki is a picture perfect beach along Puget Sound. During the summer, it's a popular spot for volleyball or just relaxing by the water.
3. Cape Disappointment
Contrary to the name, this spot on the Long Beach Peninsula is anything but disappointing. The park features 27 miles of gorgeous coastal beach, two historic lighthouses you can hike to, miles of trails, and plenty of places to head out camping.
4. Ocean Shores
Ocean Shores is one of the most well-known spots by the coast in Washington. The small, cozy beach town offers a tranquil getaway, and a perfect place to go digging for razor clams.
5. Birch Bay
Birch Bay offers a serene place to relax near Bellingham, just south of the Canadian border. The beaches are sandy and clean, and it's known to be a good beach for oysters.
Speaking of oysters - Oysterville is another gorgeous spot by the Pacific, located on the Long Beach Peninsula. The small town is also surrounded by miles of shoreline along the beautiful Willapa Bay.
Grayland is a beautiful, lesser known gem by Westport. The beach offers a great place for bird watching, flying your kite, or just enjoying the impressive natural scenery.
8. La Push
The three La Push beaches are perhaps the most well-known in Washington (thanks to the Twilight series). They're also arguably the most stunning, filled with huge logs and driftwood and sea stacks just off the shore.
9. Jetty Island
This man-made island is popular for its kiteboarding opportunities. It's located in Puget Sound, only about a five-minute boat ride from Everett's waterfront.
10. Shi Shi
Shi Shi beach is a unique, historic place in Olympic National Park. It features a trail and forest campsites, and has been described as one of the most dramatic beaches in Washington.
11. Ruby Beach
Ruby Beach can be found just off Highway 101, also in the Olympic National Park. It features a mystic view of sea stacks, some of which are accessible at low tides.
12. Obstruction Pass
This coastline boasts over 80 acres on the southern end of Orcas Island. It's a spectacular place for kayaking and just admiring marine wildlife.
Nothing more relaxing than a day by the water! Where are some of YOUR favorite beach spots in Washington?