Are you looking for a perfect beach getaway on the Olympic Peninsula? Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey as you explore the secluded beaches nestled within the Olympic National Park in Washington State. Each beach serves as a portal into the heart of the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse coastal ecosystems.
Take a walk on the wide, sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Stand on the edge of rough cliffs that overlook the vast ocean. Marvel at the tall sea stacks that rise majestically from the water and lose yourself in the vibrant world of the lively tide pools, brimming with life. Whether you’re into hiking, kayaking, fishing or just lounging on the shore, the Olympic Peninsula has a beach for you!
1. Ruby Beach: Explore A Jewel Of The Coast
This is one of the most popular and scenic beaches on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s named after the ruby-like crystals that sparkle in the sand. Here, you can admire the rugged sea stacks, tide pools and driftwood that dot the shoreline, or if you’re looking for an adventure, you can hike along the coastal trail or explore the nearby Hoh Rainforest.
2. First Beach: Experience The Splendors Of The Pacific Northwest
First Beach offers an immersive experience of the Pacific Northwest's stunning beauty. Towering sea stacks dot the horizon, providing a breathtaking backdrop for the harmonious symphony of waves kissing the shore and the wind rustling through the nearby forest. For the best views, hike the nearby trails and soak in the panoramic vistas from different vantage points. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a sea otter or two frolicking in the surf.
3. Shi Shi Beach: Find Serenity In Seclusion
Shi Shi Beach is a peaceful, sandy stretch that offers a relaxing walk and tide pools filled with marine life, such as hermit crabs, starfish and anemones. After a long day of getting to know the local inhabitants, you can pitch a tent on the soft sand.
Whether you stay to stargaze or not, make sure you don’t miss the sunset when the sky transforms into a breathtaking canvas of color. The glow of the sun reflecting off the calm waters is one you won’t want to miss.
4. Kalaloch Beach: Savor Panoramic Ocean Views
Relish the vast sandy haven of Kalaloch Beach. Feel the cool sea breeze on your face as you walk the expansive shoreline, your footprints the only ones disturbing the pristine sand. This beach is an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic, with the rhythmic sound of the waves providing a soothing soundtrack. It's also a fantastic spot for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for seabirds, seals, sea otters, or even whales when you visit!
5. Crescent Beach: Discover Coastal Wonders
Kick off a chill weekend at Crescent Beach, a tranquil coastal sanctuary tucked away into towering cliffs. This beautiful sandy beach is a perfect spot for sunbathing, picnicking, or simply enjoying the serene views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From the beach, you can see the New Dungeness Lighthouse in the distance. While you take a stroll on the beach, keep an eye out for eagles in the sky, seals in the waves and tide pools with starfish, sea anemones and hermit crabs.
6. Dungeness Spit: Venture Into A Unique Coastal Landscape
At Dungeness Spit, the longest natural sand spit in the US, you can experience diverse wildlife along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Keep an eye out for seals, sea lions, and various bird species. From there, it’s a scenic 5.5-mile hike to visit the historic New Dungeness Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the Northwest. Enjoy a tour of the lighthouse or consider volunteering as a keeper for a week.
7. Salt Creek Recreation Area: Revel in Coastal Diversity
Salt Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of attractions, including sandy beaches, tide pools, forests and picnic areas. The park has panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker on clear days. You can explore tide pools full of marine life or hike on forested trails teeming with wildlife. The area is also ideal for picnics, with well-set picnic spots that provide beautiful ocean views.
8. Rialto Beach: Witness Nature's Dramatic Spectacle
Rialto Beach is known for a sight that's full of powerful, untamed beauty – strong waves thundering against tall, imposing sea stacks. It's an incredible view, with water splashing high into the air and the noise echoing around the beach. During low tide, explore the beach's tide pools and colorful marine life. Don't miss the chance to walk to the famous Hole-in-the-Wall, a natural rock arch that offers stunning photographic opportunities.
If you are planning to visit Rialto Beach, you can check out A Harbor View Inn in Aberdeen. It’s a charming bed and breakfast with a stunning view of the harbor, a delicious breakfast and friendly hosts. You’ll love the cozy rooms, the antique furniture and the warm atmosphere.
From scenic views and relaxing vibes to fun activities and adventures, Washington State has a beach for everyone. And when you need a place to rest, you can count on our Washington Inns' members to make you feel at home. Our inns are cozy, affordable and conveniently located near some of the best beaches in the state. Book your stay today!