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Ocean beaches, temperate rain forests, Indian guided tours, indoor waterpark, electric boat rentals, glacial Lake Quinault, and an Indian casino all accessible from Pacific Beach, WA.
Main access to beach from the town. Parking, picnicking, camping, and bathroom available. Beautiful wide, sandy beach with driftwood, beach grass, wildflowers, shells, crabs, seagulls. Cliff and forest behind the beach add interest. Joe Creek runs through the beach. No driving on this beach. Beach driving allowed north and south of here.
2nd route to beach from the town of Pacific Beach. Follow 1st Street north, turn left on Homer Street, and right on Analyde Gap Road. Here you can walk to beach or drive down onto it. Beach driving is allowed from here north to Moclips. Stay on the hard packed sand at the top of the beach. 100 years ago there were no roads in the area - the beach was the road!
A resort complex for retired military personnel. Its Windjammer restaurant and gift shop are open to the public. Restaurant features burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. The Cioppino is excellent (seafood stew). Open breakfast through dinner.
Purpose-built destination beach town located 2 miles south of Pacific Beach. Worth a visit to see the very lovely houses with beautiful woodwork in New England cottage style. Visitors may participate in frequent town events. A cafe will open soon. A lovely path through the forest has been cut down to the beach strewn with crushed shells, lighted, and outfitted with benches and a gazebo. The beach is public. I don't expect they mind you using their path. Parking is limited for visitors.
Copalis Rock is an isolated seastack rock. Enter the beach at Roosevelt Beach Road four miles south of Pacific Beach. The rock is three miles south on the beach, which you may drive or walk. There's one significant stream to cross, issuing out of the Iron Springs Resort. If the water flow is well under half the height of your tires, go ahead and cross. The rock is another one mile further south. You will see a flock of seagulls flying about the rock. Several smaller rocks are strewn about the beach that kids can climb on.
Another mile south is the airport - the only beach airport in the lower 48 states. A lonely windsock, two signs, and a guestbook comprise the entire facilities. Up to 75 planes will land here on a busy summer day.
Yet another beautiful beach. 8 miles south of Pacific Beach on highway 109. Shallow Copalis River running through the beach adds interest and possibilities for play. Parking and restroom available at the park entrance. Walk to surf from parking lot is perhaps 3/4 of a mile.
Reservation of the Quinault and Queets tribes. 11 miles north of Pacific Beach on highway 109. Guided fishing and scenic tours available. Museum open weekdays. $15 family beach day pass allows visit to untouristed beaches. Beach at town of Taholah features mouth of Quinault River, rocks of Cape Elizabeth, and massive driftwood piles. Point Grenville at south end of reservation shelters two amazing beaches with a collection of seastack rocks that rival any up and down the WA and OR coasts.
Very fine hotel and casino complex. 25 minute drive south of Pacific Beach at the entrance to Ocean Shores. Casino open 20 hours per day and always busy. Smoking is allowed. Emily's Restaurant is very good and there's a sushi bar too. If you stay here, the swimming pool and exercise room are very nice and well-equipped. Boardwalk trail leads to wide, sandy beach. Hotel is lit up at night from from the beach - a nice effect.
Largest beach town in the area. 25 minutes south of Pacific Beach on highway 109; although, you can drive another 30 minutes down the length of the peninsula. Lots of recreation possibilities here: more ocean beaches, boat rentals on Duck Lake, horseback riding on the beach, bumper cars, bowling, indoor waterpark, shopping, ferry to Westport.
Jetty at the bottom of Ocean Shores. Great spot to watch big waves rolling in off the ocean. Potential spot for whalewatching. Sandy, shallow beach behind the jetty is a great place for kids to play.
Indoor waterpark and exercise facility. Terrific rainy day activity. 30 minute drive from Pacific Beach. Waterpark features a wave pool, waterslide, big hot tub, water jet river run, kiddie pool, and Olympic pool for lap swimming. Check the pool schedule for the hours that the waterslide is open. Remainder of facility has well-equipped free weight and machine exercise room, several racquetball courts, childcare room, and gym with basketball courts.
Beautiful, historic lodge. 40 minute drive from Pacific Beach. Excellent restaurant with lovely view of the lake. Boat rentals available on the lake. Half mile rainforest trail is highly recommended. Longer hikes available in area.
Park service lodge and cabins at Kalaloch with a beautiful view of the ocean, beach, cliffs, and river. The restaurant has the finest view you'll ever see. Go in January when it is uncrowded. Just seven miles north of the lodge is spectacular Ruby Beach with its many offshore rocks and islands. 1 1/2 hour day trip from Pacific Beach.
Furthest practical day trip from Pacific Beach at 100 miles each way. Astonishing moss covered forest. Spruce trees rising up to 300 feet. Beautiful drive along the Hoh River to reach the visitor center.
The mile long Sandpiper Trail boardwalk brings you to a splendid vista of the harbor, distant forested bluffs, and mudflats frequented by shorebirds. Peak viewing period is at high tide during late April and early May.
The Ocean Shores Electric Boat Company rents modern, comfortable, electric-powered boats for cruising and the Grand Canal and Duck Lake running the length of the Ocean Shores peninsula. The boats seat up to 10 and include a CD player, radio, and picnic table. Comfortable in any weather with a canopy against the sun and clear plastic panels that can be closed to keep out the wind. My kids had a blast!
The 25 mile loop drive around Lake Quinault and up into the Quinault River valley is absolutely lovely. Highilghts: half mile hike to the Quinault Big Cedar (ancient, gnarled, hollow inside), July Creek picnic area (commanding view of the lake and a little beach), 1.5 mile hike to Kestner Homestead (step back in time 100 years, gorgeous moss-draped maple forest), south shore Quinault River (explore the sand banks, great view), south shore waterfalls right along the road, historic Lake Quinault Lodge, 3/4 mile rain forest loop hike, and the Big Spruce.
Westport is reached by a 1 1/2 hour, 55 mile drive from Pacific Beach back through Aberdeen and around Grays Harbor. We enjoyed the blue lookout tower at the north end of town, with its view over the marina, the harbor, and over the bay towards Ocean Shores. We picnicked on the bluff overlooking the beach at Westhaven State Park, giving us a wide view of the ocean, the South Jetty (twin of Ocean Shores' North Jetty), and the beach. The beach was crawling this day with surfers and dogs. I counted 50 surfers in the water at one time. The park has a deserted, perfect crescent beach facing into the harbor. A steep, 100 foot sand bank leads down the beach, which is an irresistible spot for kids to play, rolling down the sand and climbing back up. We ended the day at the Grays Harbor Lighthouse - tallest in Washington State - built in 1898. The docent gave us a very thorough tour. We didn't try any of the whalewatching, fishing, seabird, or harbor tours - we'll have to visit another time.