Ocean Shores is Washington state’s most-popular seaside retreat, and it’s no wonder—it’s set along a 30-mile stretch of beaches on a peninsula dangling in the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Shores Inn & Suites sits just a five-minute walk from the sand. Views at the hotel are of an adjacent championship golf course.
Nifty in-room amenities: Each one-bedroom condo comes with a fully equipped kitchen.
Bird-watching opportunities: Head to nearby Damon Point State Park and keep an eye out for snowy owls or snowy plovers.
Storm watching: Visitors come to Ocean Shores in the winter to view the storms—head to the North Jetty for the best views, but be mindful of the waves.
Upcoming events: The Razor Clam Festival, April 20–22, where you can watch demonstrations from artists and photographers from all over the United States.
Ocean Shores, Washington: Lengthy Beaches and Links-Style Golf
In July and December, high tides bring natural drama to Point Brown peninsula, the skinny landmass in coastal Washington that’s home to the city of Ocean Shores. At those times of year, waves up to 12 feet high pound the coast with a deafening roar. During the tides, spectators gather to see strong winds whip the sea into a frenzy.
During the other parts of the year, this seaside resort town is calm. At Ocean Shores Golf Course, the only furor you’re likely to see is from players who lose golf balls in the thick rough of the links-style back nine. And with some 30 miles of beaches—some of them reachable only on foot—Ocean Shores offers plenty of quiet spots to relax and soak up the gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery.
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