Ocean Shores Travel Guide

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


Ocean Shores Hotels

  • The Grey Gull

    651 Ocean Shores Blvd. Nw

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Judith Ann Inn

    The Judith Ann Inn was the most beautiful experiance of my life. You are so close to the Ocean and...

  • Shilo Inn - Ocean Shores

    707 Ocean Shores Blvd Nw, Ocean Shores, WA 98569

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

Ocean Shores Restaurants

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    OCEAN SHORES Alec's by the...

    by falicia2000 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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

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

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Ocean Shores Transportation

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    Westport to Ocean Shores Ferry is CLOSED

    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.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Budget Travel

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Ocean Shores Local Customs

  • Driving on the Beach

    There are two road access' from town to the beach. Much of it is open to cars. Read the guidance signs at the beach access the first time you go out. Driving on the dry sand can be problematic, i.e., you can sink into the sand a become stuck. On the moist sand, you'll have traction. Sand with water on top, can be another problem.

  • Quinault Indian Nation has Presence in...

    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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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!)


Ocean Shores Off The Beaten Path

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    You will find some of the...

    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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