Ocean Shores WA: A tourism hot spot on the Pacific Ocean yet near temperate rain forests.
Located at the southwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula 165 miles (265.5 km) south of Port Angeles WA, the towns of Ocean Shores and nearby Ocean City provide wonderful access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Grays Harbor beaches. With much to do like horseback riding, hiking, biking, birding, kite-flying, and more, this area is a great place to spend hours, and even days.
The aptly named Ocean Shores is located on the land spit forming North Bay within Grays Harbor. From Ocean Shores, traveling north on Highway 109 brings you to the towns of Ocean City, Copalis Beach, and Moclips. Hwy 109 actually ends at Taholah on the Quinault Indian Reservation, which is outside the scope of tourism. (The beaches on the Quinault Reservation have been closed to the public since before the Covid outbreak.)
Westport WA is located on the southern land spit that forms South Bay within Grays Harbor. Westport is not technically a part of the Olympic Peninsula, however it is too close to Ocean Shores WA, Hoquiam, and Aberdeen to not at least give the town a shout-out. Follow this link for details, photos, and links about Westport WA.
With the Pacific Ocean right here, and with temperate rain forests to the east and north, this is a beautiful area and wonderful for fishing, hiking, boating, birding, or just relaxing and enjoying nature in the comforting roar of Pacific Ocean surf.
Ocean Shores WA is 165 miles (265.5 km) south of Port Angeles, a drive of three and a quarter hours. But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then:
To get to Ocean Shores from Aberdeen or Hoquiam WA:
Ocean Shores WA weather is likely to be rainy during winter, spring, and autumn, due to its proximity to the nearby temperate rain forests. Ocean Shores gets on average about 75 inches (190.5 cm) of rain per year.
However, visitors tend to visit in the summertime, our season for least rain. In July, expect only 1.4 inches (3.56 cm) to fall. Total rainfall over the summer months of July, August, and September averages around 5.6 inches (14.15 cm) over the three months, with half of that falling in September.
On the other hand, rainfall in November, the wettest month typically, averages 12.1 inches (30.73 cm) for the month.
Sunshine vs Rainy Days: Sunny days loses the battle to rainy days: 129 to 192. Nevertheless, if the rain falls at night or very early morning, the day's weather may still be quite lovely!
There are a TON of things to do in Ocean Shores WA!
Check out all the details at our Ocean Shores Things to Do page.
Plus, the Ocean Shores Visitor Info Center is ready to answer any additional questions....
Ocean Shores Visitor Information Center
120 West Chance a La Mer NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 3pm, Sun 10am - 2pm
Galway Bay Irish Pub
880 Point Brown Ave. NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - closing
Irish pub on western Washington shores, the largest, they say, in the Pacific Northwest. Appetizers, stews and soups, steaks, seafood, salad, traditional Irish fare. Ale, wine and spirits. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Live music on weekends, see website for schedule. The gift shop on he premises is full of Celtic imports.
Karen and Francois stopped here for an evening meal. It was delicious and memorable, so much so that we want to return as soon as possible.
Bennett's Fish Shack
131 E. Chance a La Mer NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Chowders, sandwiches, fish & chips, burgers, steaks, chicken, seafood, pasta. Voted best fish & chips on the Twin Harbors.
10:30 - 9 Sun-Thurs, 10:30-10 Fri & Sat
Attira's Review of Bennett's Fish Shack
I recently visited Ocean Shores on a photo and info trip for My Port Angeles. We decided to eat
at Bennett’s Fish Shack after asking around a bit. We were very glad that we
did! I had their battered cod fish and chips which were excellent and Karen had
the same, requesting GF (without the batter), which the staff were happy to
fulfill her request.
More than even the food, which we both agreed was excellent, I was very impressed with how the staff’s first priority was the health and well-being
of their customers, how clean and sanitized they kept the restaurant and
restrooms, and how attentive and patient they were with the customers, even when
some of them weren’t following the procedures that were posted. This was
impressive to me and all of these things definitely made me want to come back
and visit again.
Los IV Hermanos Mexican Restaurant
824 Point Brown Avenue NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am - 8:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 9:30pm; Sun 10am - 8:30pm
Good place for fresh, homemade Mexican food with great service. A LOT of folks include this restaurant as one of their top faves in Ocean Shores.
Steak, seafood, oysters, sushi.
They call themselves unassuming; the food is artfully done.
Our Place Restaurant
676 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Serving breakfast and brunch. Plus, they offer weekly specials.
With a few exceptions, Ocean Shores Boulevard is "hotel row." Which is nice, because the hotels along this western strip of real estate line the sunset side of Ocean Shores. The evening views are terrific - nothing between you and that fiery red orb dropping below the horizon.
As you approach Ocean Shores on Hwy 115, turn left (south) on Point Brown Avenue, and then turn right (west) almost immediately on Ocean Shores Blvd. The road will loop south past a whole raft of hotels, one after another.
If you are in town at the height of tourist season (June through early September), we hope you will have secured reservations ahead of time!
1341 Ocean Shores Blvd. SW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Lovely 1-bedroom suites, full kitchen, ocean views, walkable beach, electric fireplace, jacuzzi, wifi, on 2 levels with bedroom and bath upstairs, half bath downstairs.
773 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Traditional hotel, hot breakfast, internet, indoor pool.
MorningGlory Hotel, Resort & Suites
685 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Very reasonable pricing and accommodations for a traditional motel/hotel on the sand in Ocean Shores.
I have stayed here; it was a very pleasant stay.
The Grey Gull
651 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Grey Gull in Ocean Shores, WA
"Vacation Rental Condominiums." Standard suites, studios, 1 bedroom condos, water view, outdoor pool, wifi.
Canterbury Inn Info
643 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Facebook: Facebook page for Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores, WA
The Collins Inn & Seaside Cottages
318 Marina Court SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Beautiful inn, top rated. Full breakfast, private baths, wifi, bicycles, near beach. Adults only.
Camping is available at these Washington State Parks. See Ocean Shores Things to Do for full info about these State Parks. Or, check the websites for availability and/or reservations:
Camping, RV's, horses welcome. Green, spacious, close to the beach.
Where is Grays Harbor County? It envelops Grays Harbor and the majority of the southwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington.
For more information on the history of Grays Harbor County, see Hoquiam WA History.
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