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5 Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Washington State

Add these five Pacific Northwest beaches to your list of places to visit for your next getaway.

Living in the Pacific Northwest was one of the biggest dreams come true for us. We lived there for about three years and I don’t regret a single moment of it. Our days consisted of walking on trails, watching ferry boats, eating the best pizza, and of course our very own ocean adventures!

We took our beach adventures very seriously. Our number one rule was that it always had to be filled with unforgettable memories that would last a lifetime..and I can confirm that they were some of the best moments of our lives!

Now, let’s get to it! Here are MY top favorite beaches in Washington State that you must see to believe. They’re filled with breathtaking views, treasures, things to do, and are always family AND dog-friendly.

Seahurst Park

Biker enjoying a beachfront view at Seahurst Park
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Seahurst Park is located in a lovely town called Burien in South Seattle. This gem is tucked away behind a neighborhood surrounded by a small forest of trails.

small wooden bridge leading to trail in small forest on a beach
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You will find a playground facing the beach, plenty of picnic areas, and an Environmental Science Center. The Environmental Science Center hosts plenty of events and beach exploration days, especially during the summer. However, what I love most about this neighborhood are the culture and tightknit community.

Saltwater State Park

Saltwater State Park pathway to picnic beach area
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Saltwater State Park is my favorite beach area for picnic gatherings and BBQs. You will see plenty of marine creatures in the water if you come here at the right time. It’s also a popular spot for divers and for those who like to camp out. Every once in a while you can catch a festival here as well. My favorite was a Native American festival that featured numerous vendors and artists. We enjoyed sitting in a kayak on the water as we listened to the soothing sounds of flutes and nature in the air. Plus the views are absolutely breathtaking!

Olympic National Park

The Olympic National Park is the prime spot whether you’re looking to go on a wild adventure or keep it laid back. You’ll find EIGHT beautiful beaches spread across this national park. You can do everything from hanging out at the lodge, hiking, exploring tidepools, and whale watching.

tidepool at ruby beach

For more information about the different beaches, visit Kalaloch Lodge.

Vashon Island

Vashon Island wooden dock

You can’t go wrong with visiting Vashon Island, trust me! This place sits in the Puget Sound area not too far from Seattle. You can shop at the farmer’s market or relax at the docks. Although, if you love lavender as much as I do, you won’t want to miss checking out the Lavender Hill Farm while you’re there.

Farmhouse and lavender field at Lavender Hill Farm in Vashon Island
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lavender field at Lavender Hill Farm in Vashon Island
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You’ll love the U-Pick Lavender, the farm store….and especially the lavender lemonade! However, I must warn you that the ferry ride to and from the island can be both scary (for those who suffer from motion sickness) and awesome.

ferry approaching dock

Ocean Shores

view of waves crashing at Ocean Shores, WA from hilltop
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Ocean Shores is the greatest escape for individuals looking to stay in a small town amongst local shops and the sounds of big waves crashing. There are many lovely places to choose from if you’re looking to stay at an oceanfront hotel or Airbnb.

deer playing in a field across a beach house at Ocean Shores, WA
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We stayed at The Polynesian Resort during our first visit since we didn’t know a lot about the area. The resort is not only pet-friendly, but it also comes equipped with a kitchen if you want to bring your own food to avoid plastic packaging from restaurants nearby. You might even catch the neighborhood deer strolling through the resort and around town.

Now go ahead and plan your next adventure! If you’re seeking the perfect getaway, you’ll find a lot of bliss and adventure at these beach parks. Don’t forget to unhook from the busy world and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!

…and as always, feel free to comment below or contact us to tell us about your latest experience in the Pacific Northwest!

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