Pacific Beach as an Alternative to Ocean Shores
Washingtonians know about Ocean Shores as a beach destination, but are unfamiliar with the scenic
North Beach nearby. The landscape around Ocean Shores is all flat, with few good views from the road.
On the interior of the peninsula near the town entrance are a series of unappealing strip malls. If you
simply drive 8 miles north of Ocean Shores along highway 109, cliffs rise up behind the beach topped by a
forest. Here and there the road offers views down onto the beach and far out onto the ocean. Three rivers
cut through the beach to the ocean at Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach, and Moclips, adding interest to your
beach walk. This landscape extends for 15 miles from Copalis Beach through Point Grenville on the
Quinault Indian Nation. Big seastack rocks are found at Copalis Beach - the isolated Copalis Rock - and a
cluster of half a dozen major rocks at Point Grenville (tribal beach pass required).
The town of Pacific Beach sits in the middle of the North Beach. It is the only town in the area to have
retained a shopping core on its Main Street. Here you can find groceries, gas, restaurants, a kite shop, cafe
with WiFi, the Wacky Warehouse hardware and secondhand shop, and a few boutiques. There are two
beach access points within the town. The first is Pacific Beach State Park immediately adjacent to the
downtown, where you can park, picnic, and walk out onto the sand. At the north end of town, the paved
Analyde Gap Road leads down directly onto the beach.
One of the most spectacular attractions of the county is more easily reached from Pacific Beach than Ocean
Shores: Lake Quinault.
Lake Quinault is a beautiful, glacier carved lake with mountains lining the northern shore, rain forests
ringing the lake, and a beautiful river valley leading into the lake from the east. Thousand year old trees can
be reached by short hikes. The Lake Quinault Lodge and Kestner Homestead add historical interest. You
may see Roosevelt Elk and other wildlife on a drive around the lake.
Ocean Shores itself has some attractions worth a day trip. On its North Jetty you can watch the big ocean
waves roll in and often spot wildlife. You can rent horses on the beach or electric boats on the lake. North
Bay Park on Duck Lake is an excellent spot to launch a boat or go fishing. On a clear day you can see the
entire Olympic mountain range from the east side of the peninsula as well as the massive mud flats of
Grays Harbor. Damon Point State Park is another spot to find wildlife and look across the harbor towards
Bob's Pacific Beach House: Highlights of the House
Spectacular high bluff ocean view. Less than half mile walk to wide, sandy beach. Beautiful three bedroom
house built in 2007. Located in Pacific Beach, Washington: 2 1/2 hours from Seattle, 3 hours from Portland,
25 minutes north of Ocean Shores. This is the prettiest section of the Washington coast with a windswept
forest on a high bluff, looking down on the beach. Awesome sunsets. Sorry, no pets.
The house features a large upper deck with wide ocean and sunset view, lower private deck with view,
three king beds and a queen sleeper sofa, three HDTVs with DVD players and cable programming,
wireless high speed Internet, stereo with four in-wall surround speakers and iPod dock, all new furnishings
in 2007, fully stocked kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances, large master suite
with double- headed travertine tile shower, dark rich Brazilian cherry wood hardwood floors throughout the
house, art glass lighting, ceiling fans, propane fireplace, two car garage, laundry room, deck furniture,
charcoal grill with all supplies.
Bob's Pacific Beach House
Great Ocean View, Short Walk to Beach,
3 King Size Beds, House Built in 2007.
Located in Pacific Beach, WA
- just north of Ocean Shores.
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