Washington State is blessed with beaches that front the Pacific Ocean from the Oregon border to Neah Bay at the north western tip of the state. The beaches along the Juan de Fuca Strait on the state’s north coast offers beaches that usually don’t have as much wave action as those fronting the open ocean. Beach resorts, some quite remote, have sprung up on both of these coastlines.
Long Beach, Washington, is both a town and a peninsula and the first long stretch of beach north of the Oregon border. Dig for razor clams or learn how to catch Dungeness crabs using a fishing pot. Play golf at the Peninsula Golf Course or the more refined Surfside Golf Course and Country Club. Among the handful of beach resorts in the area are the Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and the Breakers. The Lighthouse offers a series of 1950s cottages with full kitchens and pathways leading down to the sand dunes. Closer to the waves is a collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes with ocean-view decks. Swimming pool, spa and fitness centers are on-site. The Breakers offers an assortment of condos on 24 acres of beachfront land. Trails lead through the dunes to the water and to a bronze tree dedicated to explorer Lewis Clark. Pets are welcome, and the hotel donates a portion of the pet fees to the local humane society.
Visit Ocean Shores, almost midway between the Oregon border and Washington’s northern tip and do a bit of Las Vegas-style gambling while on your beach vacation. The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino offers 150 guest rooms on an enviable stretch of sand, an on-site casino, live entertainment and an assortment of restaurants. Built on part of the Quinault Indian Nation lands, guests are invited to fish on private lakes and to explore the culture of these native people. Another property in Ocean Shores is the Polynesian, a resort with a tropical twist. Accommodations include motel rooms located away from the beach, and one- and two-bedroom suites with water views. Trails lead through the sand dunes to the six-mile-long Ocean Shores beach. The on-site Mariah’s Restaurant & Lounge serves up entrees with Italian, Polynesian and Jamaican twists.
Northwest Coast – Olympic Peninsula
Washington’s northwest coast is wet, wild and rugged. There are only a handful of beach properties in this part of the state, known as the Olympic Peninsula. The Quilette Oceanside Resort is in the town of La Push. Built on reservation lands, this luxury property offers 33 oceanfront cabins and two motel buildings. Motel rooms have kitchenettes. The luxury cabins offer full kitchens, jetted tubs and propane fireplaces. Less expensive cabins have simpler furnishings and lack the jetted tubs, but are just as close to the ocean. Phones and TVs are not available at this resort -- the intent is to get you outdoors to enjoy nature. At Neah Bay on the northwestern tip of Washington, the Hobuck Beach Resort welcomes guests to its 17-acre family-friendly beach property. Built on the Makah Indian Reservation, it fronts Shi Shi Beach, a prime surfing spot and the Olympic Peninsula’s most northern stretch of sand. Book your one bedroom cabin with its own kitchen, deck, ocean view and pathway to the sands.
Juan de Fuca Strait
The Juan de Fuca Strait is a finger of water that separates Washington State from Vancouver Island, Canada. Much of this coastline is undeveloped but there are a handful of beach resorts. One is the Chito Beach Resort in Sekiu. Choose from cabins with names like the Bird House, Rainforest and the Wolf Den. All have full kitchens and are set along Chito Beach. This is a place for nature lovers and for those who want get away from it all. The Sunset Marine Resort on the shores of Sequim Bay offers quaint cabins with names like the Eagle’s Nest, Clam Cottage and the Boat House. Pets are welcome with payment of a nightly fee. Rent a canoe or kayak and head out on the bay, light a fire on the beach, roast marshmallows and watch the sunset. If all this peace and quiet becomes too much, head into Sequim to visit the Museum & Arts Center. Take a drive to the foothills above the city to visit the Lost Mountain Winery for a taste of local wines.
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