The Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast Places

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Ocean Shores

Sports and the Outdoors

Ocean Shores Beaches. Six miles of wide, public, sandy beaches line a peninsula trimmed by the Pacific Ocean on the west and Grays Harbor on the east. With five access roads, it's possible to find secluded sections along the state's most visited beach destination. Highest tides occur in July and December, the latter when winter stormwatching is at its peak. Motor vehicles are allowed on City Beach, a popular place for clam-digging and kite-flying. Ocean City State Park, a 170-acre oceanfront park 2 miles north in Hoquiam, has year-round camping. Several hotels and resorts line the beach, including the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino and the Shilo Inn; trails provide access. Amentities: food and drink; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; sunrise; sunset; walking. Sand Dune Ave. SW and off Duck Lake Dr. SE, Ocean Shores, WA, 98569. 360/289–2451. oceanshores.org.

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