The 18 miles of sandy beaches that stretch from Westport to Tokeland is otherwise known as the South Beach is everything you would want in a Pacific Northwest Beach.  Whether you're looking for a fishing adventure, beautiful beaches, surfing, kite flying, whale watching, crabbing, or just relaxing, the South Beach is the place to be.

In the summer, you can't beat it to beat the heat.  It's not overdeveloped, in fact it's quite understated.   Fishing is still a very important part of the community, and if you've ever wanted to try a fishing charter, you can do that from July 1 until the quotas are met for less than a round of drinks in downtown Seattle.

Surfing is huge here, at Westhaven State Park and Half Moon Bay.  There are 2 surf shops in town (Steepwater Surf Shop, and The Surf Shop) that can outfit you with a wetsuit and a board for under $50.  A lesson will cost a little more, but not by much.

Bikes and paddleboats are available for rent down on the water.  Kites can be purchased for just a few dollars and can keep your kids busy for hours.  There is a 3 mile concrete path that parallels the ocean from Westport Light State Park to the Marina district, great for walking or biking.

Dining has improved dramatically in the past 3 years.  If you've been to westport pre-2005, you knew Westport was good at fish, chips, chowder, and beer.  Now the town boasts 2 restaurants that have been rated by Northwest's Best (3 and 3-1/2 stars out of 4 stars, respectively):  The Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill and Anthony's Restaurants.  There is also have a genuine east coast style deli (The Mermaid Deli) and sushi/pan asian restaurant (Takohachi).  All of this is on or near the Westport Marina.  If you're looking for something a little more simple, there are many little mom and pop diners that serve  fisherman and family favorites, from Hamburgers to Fish and Chips.

In the spring and fall, watch the WDFW to see when the beaches are open for clamming.  During crab season, you can drop your crab pots right off of the fisherman's boardwalk - no boats required.

Starting in September, the salmon that were released by the local high school class start to return to the Marina, and you can fish right off the boardwalk and participate in the Salmon Derby.

There is all kinds of old fashioned fun here.  It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a family trip.  Day trips and overnighters.  There is everything from campgrounds to low budget motels, to luxury condos.  All only 2 hours from Sea Tac!