Ocean Shores Travel Guide

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Ocean Shores Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quiet, inexpensive, plenty to do 

  • Con
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     Not a quaint coastal village, poor service in some restaurants 

  • In a nutshell
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     A good weekend getaway 

Ocean Shores Things to Do

  • Popular Wind Surfing Location

    I can not tell you too much about the qualities of the southern tip of the Ocean Shores peninsula when it comes to wind surfing. While it certainly looks like fun I have never learned to wind surf.However, Ocean Shores and Damon Point State Park certainly are popular locations for doing this at certain times of the year.I would suggest further...

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  • Weatherwax Forest

    This is the last remaining native-style forest on the Ocean Park peninsula. As the peninsula was logged in the early 1900s, there are no real old growth trees here, or anywhere else on the peninsula. However, what is here is preserved second growth, with a huge effort put in to maintaining native plants and undergrowth so that while the trees may...

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  • Damon Point State Park

    DANGER: This state park consists of a sand peninsula heading into Gray's Harbor. It is important to note that during the highest of high tides, much of the peninsula gets cut off from the mainland. Please take a tide table and know when it is time to head back to shore!Note that the picnic table in the photograph is not on state park property....

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  • Ocean Shores Interpretive Center and...

    This small museum, interpretive center and tourist information center is quite good for a city of this size, and has quite a lot of local information, both for the city and for the surrounding area. Included in the collection here are various animal and bird specimens, including pieces of whale skeleton, and some other impressive finds.If you find...

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  • Boating and Kyaking

    Ocean Shores has 25 miles of freshwater lakes and canals. Duck Lake is the largest segment, and it adjoins the Grand Canal at the south end.A power boat launch and dock is available at North Bay Park. Hand launching for kyaks and canoes is available at parks throughout the city.Please respect the speed limit and the property rights of lake front...

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  • Quinalt Beach Resort and Casino

    This is only a five minute drive from Ocean Shores. Or, about a 45 minute walk north along the beach. Probably the best Indian casino in Washington state. It includes a hotel, restaurant, Sushi Bar, convention center, spa, gift shop, two lounges and (of course) a casino.The slots are pretty loose here. I never play table games, but there are plenty...

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Ocean Shores Restaurants

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    by falicia2000 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    OCEAN SHORES
    Alec's by the Sea Ocean Shores, (360) 289-4026
    Dugan's Pizza Ocean Shores, (360) 289-2330
    Flipper's Fish Bar Ocean Shores, (360) 289-4676
    Home Port Ocean Shores, (360) 289-2600
    Jimmy D's Country Waffle & Steak House Ocean Shores, (360) 289-0218
    Las Maracas Mexican Restaurant Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Westport, Raymond
    Mariah's Restaurant & Lounge Ocean Shores, (800) 562-4862 (360) 289-3361
    Sand Castle Drive In Ocean Shores, (360) 289-2777
    Shilo Restaurant Ocean Shores, (360) 289-4600

    NORTH BEACH
    Ocean Crest Resort & Dinner House Moclips, (360) 276-4465

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Ocean Shores Transportation

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    by glabah Written Jan 3, 2012

    In April of 2008, the Ocean Shores to Westport ferry, which saved over an hour drive all the way around Gray's Harbor to get between the two cities, closed.

    More details are below, but the fact is money has not been found to solve the Ocean Shores marina problem.

    Thus, no ferry between the two.

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Ocean Shores Local Customs

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    by glabah Updated Mar 30, 2011

    While Ocean Shores is not on the Quinault Indian Nation land, their nation does have a presence in town, and they own and operate a significant Casino and Resort on the north side of town. At the far south end of town, they also operate a Campground and Marina.

    Today, the land has changed vastly from even what it was a generation ago. Ocean Shores was only a logged-off sandy peninsula in 1960.

    If you happen to visit the area around Damon Point State Park and the campground, you will find a fairly large old tree stump that has been modified into an information kiosk about the Quinault Indian Nation. It presents only a very brief message, but at least gives some basic information into the First Nations of the area.

    You will also find a bit of information about the Quinault over at the Interpretive Center and Museum. The web site below is the official web site for the Nation.

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Ocean Shores Warnings and Dangers

  • Virtually No Public Restrooms: Stop at...

    There are very few public restrooms anywhere in the Ocean Shores community. Even Damon Point State Park has only a single portable toilet at its entrance, and even that disappears from time to time. The restroom nearest that point is owned by the Quinault Nation and is reserved for the users of their campground only.Just west of the big entrance...

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  • The Beach Eats Cars!

    Take your time driving at night. Towards the north end of the beach the canal is extremely deep, so do not attempt to drive through. Drive along the compact sand and be careful not to get stuck in soft sand. Towing companies earn a profitable living here towing cars out, but I know for a fact there are cars buried in the sand that have never been...

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  • Don't drive on the beach at...

    Don't drive on the beach at Ocean Shores with a Grand Am. (AAA does NOT cover off road tows, even though it's a state highway!)

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Ocean Shores Off The Beaten Path

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    by falicia2000 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    You will find some of the best site seeing in Ocean Shores on the lakes and canals, in Duck Lake you can find water fowl and otters. If you stop by the north jetty you can see the power of the ocean. Take a ride to Westport with a chance of even seeing a few whales. A drive north along Highway 109 takes you through Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips. You will find spectacular beach views along the way. 45 minutes north of Ocean Shores on Highway 101 will take you to Lake Quinalt and the Olympic Rain Forest. Here you will see breathtaking view of the lake you will find fantastic trail and waterfalls not to mention the worlds largest spruce tree

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