Frolic in sand and surf on the southwest coast
Sandy beaches, high surf, and fresh seafood await in the Beaches Region, where quaint communities dole out family fun and outdoor adventure.
Situated along the state’s southwest coast, this region includes the southern part of the Olympic Peninsula, stretching from the Columbia River’s mouth to the I-5 corridor and back around to the Pacific Ocean’s shores.
Dress in layers for a day exploring the region’s expansive and windswept coastline in communities such as Long Beach and Ocean Shores. Search for sea glass and sand dollars, or just take in the singular beauty of the landscape. In the winter months, the Beaches Region is the perfect destination for storm watching.
Hike to the lighthouse in Pacific County’s Cape Disappointment State Park or explore the densely forested trails around Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano. A former logging camp, the park offers swimming, camping, and fishing in addition to hiking in a temperate rain forest setting.
To fully appreciate the Beaches Region, go for a drive and visit some of the quaint small towns tucked throughout the area. Aberdeen, South Bend, and Westport are known for fresh seafood and offer a burgeoning craft brewery scene.
In Tokeland, visitors can and treat themselves to a meal at the oldest hotel in Washington. The Wandering Goose at the Tokeland Hotel is renowned for turning out elevated comfort food with a touch of Southern flair in a homey atmosphere.
History buffs will appreciate the many historic sites in the Beaches Region, from lighthouses and military forts to museums, while art lovers can explore tons of local galleries. The area is also home to fun annual festivals, including the Washington State International Kite Festival each August in Long Beach.
Storm watching in the Beaches Region
Winter is one of the best times to visit Washington's southwest coast.