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Old 12-04-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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So I just recently moved to the area, working in SeaTac, living in Kent. I have never been to the Washington coast and would like some recommendations of which area to make my first coastal visit? Of course I've been to a few here in Seattle like Alki Beach and such, but I want to see the true coast. Somewhere that isn't gonna take me all day to get to if possible.

Thanks!
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:13 PM
 
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So I just recently moved to the area, working in SeaTac, living in Kent. I have never been to the Washington coast and would like some recommendations of which area to make my first coastal visit? Of course I've been to a few here in Seattle like Alki Beach and such, but I want to see the true coast. Somewhere that isn't gonna take me all day to get to if possible.

Thanks!
It's a three hour drive but Ruby Beach is nice. For spectacular views take the weekend and go to Cape Flattery.
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:50 PM
 
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The easiest trip would be south on I-5 to Olympia, west on Highway 12 to Aberdeen, then hang a left to cross the bridge across the Chehalis and take 105 to Westport and Grayland. Westport has some good surf (and surfing), fishing charters/whale watching; both have beach front cabin rentals (Beachy Day Vacation Rentals Westport Grayland Tokeland Washington State). About 105 miles to Aberdeen, then another 20 miles to Westport or Grayland.

A difference between Washington's southern beaches (Moclips to Long Beach), compared to Oregon or California beaches, is that in many places you can drive on them.

https://youtu.be/r77nZKVaLbA
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:50 PM
 
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The easiest trip would be south on I-5 to Olympia, west on Highway 12 to Aberdeen, then hang a left to cross the bridge across the Chehalis and take 105 to Westport and Grayland. Westport has some good surf (and surfing), fishing charters/whale watching; both have beach front cabin rentals (Beachy Day Vacation Rentals Westport Grayland Tokeland Washington State). About 105 miles to Aberdeen, then another 20 miles to Westport or Grayland.

A difference between Washington's southern beaches (Moclips to Long Beach), compared to Oregon or California beaches, is that in many places you can drive on them.

https://youtu.be/r77nZKVaLbA
Reminds me of Daytona beach in Florida
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:00 PM
 
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Reminds me of Daytona beach in Florida
Yes, but the water temperature and weather are quite the opposite. We like to go down to Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon, but it does mean a long day driving or staying overnight. More to do besides just beaches.
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:33 PM
 
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This isn't truly on the west coast (it follows the Strait of Juan de Fuca) but it is stunning to see: Drive west past Port Angeles on US 101, then split to the northerly transit across the top of the Olympic Peninsula, using Highway 112. Allow lots of time once you get west of Joyce, because the road tightly twists and turns, dips and rises, allowing amazing views of rock and sea. It is a slow drive with, sometimes, washed out parts of asphalt. Don't go during a storm.

You can follow it to Neah Bay and the Makah Nation, turn south and then check out Hobuck Beach, which can get pretty big surf. Hike the Cape Flattery Trail--incredible scenery and a short hike. You need to buy an annual Makah Pass for $10 to tour the area. The museum is worth perusing also.

The trip would be better done over two days, given the sights and the slow speeds in some sections.
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:42 PM
 
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the BEST WA coast is on Reservation Land.

Do yourself a favor an continue south and enjoy Oregon's 100% public access beaches / coast.

I recommend Hug Point (Near Cannon beach / Arch Cape, OR). (3-4 hrs one way, make it a weekend and enjoy the North Oregon Coast from Cannon Beach to Newport)
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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the BEST WA coast is on Reservation Land.

Do yourself a favor an continue south and enjoy Oregon's 100% public access beaches / coast.

I recommend Hug Point (Near Cannon beach / Arch Cape, OR). (3-4 hrs one way, make it a weekend and enjoy the North Oregon Coast from Cannon Beach to Newport)

Oh, really? What about that stretch of gorgeous, wild, public beaches in Olympic National Park? Of course...you have to get out of your car, off your butt, and HIKE to them. Part of the reason they are gorgeous is precisly because you cannot see or hear roads or houses from them.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Reminds me of Daytona beach in Florida
"Beach Wear" at Daytona means Bikins, Speedos, and a blanket to lay on.

"Beach Wear" at Ocean Shores means Flannel Shirts, Parkas, and blankets to wrap yourself in.
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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Agreed, the best beaches on the WA coast in my opinion are those on reservation land. Pacific Beach up through Moclips are beautiful. Also, up on 101, the area around Kalaloch is great. Mostly undeveloped and pristine. The Kalaloch Lodge is really the only resort in the area, and is pretty upscale.
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