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sea shells / beach combing

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sea shells / beach combing

We will be arriving this coming weekend and hope to do some beach combing... our kids have never seen an ocean. Is there a particular place that provides the best chances of finding some sea shells and / or sea life (starfish, crabs, etc.)?

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1. Re: sea shells / beach combing

Long Beach is not a good beach for beach combing. I saw no shells at all. It has no tide pools, either, so it's not good for starfish and crabs. In general, Western WA beaches are too rough for shelling. Beaches in Olympic National Park have great tide pools, however.

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2. Re: sea shells / beach combing

If you have time head down to the Oregon coast - Seaside or Cannon Beach. Best beach-combing is usually after a big storm. Haystack Rock has extensive tide pools visible at low tide. Please do not take any live plants or animals from the tide pools as they are protected by law.

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3. Re: sea shells / beach combing

Thanks for the info! We were planning to visit Cannon Beach, but now I'll plan for more time and check the tide tables.

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4. Re: sea shells / beach combing

I think you'll really like Cannon Beach. I spent many summers there growing up. If you don't have any luck with beach combing, then visit Dueber's Variety store on North Hemlock. Lots of shells, starfish, glass floats, etc.

Lots of cool art galleries in town. Be sure to stop by the Cannon Beach Bakery and pick up a loaf of Haystack bread, and Bruce's Candy Kitchen for salt water taffy.

www.cannonbeach.org

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5. Re: sea shells / beach combing

I can always find sandollars, shells and pretty rocks in Westport.

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6. Re: sea shells / beach combing

We found quite a few sand dollars at pacific beach, wa.

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7. Re: sea shells / beach combing

Best place for sand dollars is Seaside on the North end of the beach at low tide. More sand dollars than you can carry!

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