Ocean Shores Washington

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.

Getting to Ocean Shores WA

Ocean Shores WA

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:

  • Forks WA is 109 miles (175.42 km) north of Ocean Shores, a drive of 2 hours 10 minutes.
  • Amanda Park is 44.3 miles (71.3 km) north, a drive of about 51 minutes.
  • Lake Quinault Lodge on the south shore of Lake Quinault is 50 miles (80.47 km) north, a drive of about one hour.
  • Hoquiam Washington is 20 miles (32.2 km) east of Ocean Shores, a drive of just 28 minutes.
  • Aberdeen to Ocean Shores WA: 28.5 miles (45.9 km) separate these two towns, a drive of 35 minutes.
  • Shelton is 68.3 miles (110 km) east of Ocean Shores; the drive may take a little more than 1.5 hours.
  • Seattle to Ocean Shores is 132 miles (212.43 km), a drive of 3.5 hours in usual traffic.

To get to Ocean Shores from Aberdeen or Hoquiam WA: 

  • Head west from either Hoquiam or Aberdeen on WA-109 N
  • To get to Ocean Shores, turn south on SR-119, and continue for another 5 miles.
  • To get to Ocean City, continue north on SR-109 for just another mile.
  • Total drive time will likely be less than 40 minutes.

Ocean Shores Washington Services and Info

Ocean Shores Weather

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!


Ocean Shores Things to Do

There are a TON of things to do in Ocean Shores WA!

  • Drive your vehicle onto the beach and enjoy sand and sea
  • Kite-flying in the afternoon winds
  • Coastal Interpretive Center/museum
  • Enjoy water sports or go beach hiking, walking, birding, beachcombing, surfing, fishing
  • Shop at Sharky’s Souvenirs, a fascinating shark-themed shop
  • Multiple Washington State Parks near in and near Ocean Shores
  • Peruse the Moclips Museum in Moclips 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
Phone: +1-360-289-9586
Website: https://tourismoceanshores.com/

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 3pm, Sun 10am - 2pm

Best Restaurants in Ocean Shores WA

Galway Bay Irish Pub

Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores

Galway Bay Irish Pub
880 Point Brown Ave. NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-289-2300
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - closing

Website: https://www.galwaybayirishpub.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GalwayBayIrishPubOS/

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores, WA 

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

Bennett's Fish Shack in Ocean Shores, WA

Bennett's Fish Shack 
131 E. Chance a La Mer NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-289-2847
Website: http://www.bennettsdining.com/ 

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Bennett's Fish Shack in Ocean Shores, WA

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). The staff were more than 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

Los IV Hermanos Mexican Restaurant
824 Point Brown Avenue NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-289-0481
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am - 8:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 9:30pm; Sun 10am - 8:30pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Mexican-Restaurant/Los-IV-Hermanos-299089706865705/

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Los IV Hermanos Mexican Restaurant in Ocean Shores WA 

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.

Two additional Ocean Shores restaurants:

Mike’s Seafood

830 Point Brown Avenue NE, Ocean Shores WA 98569
Hours: Wed-Mon 7a-2p. Closed Tuesdays.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikesseafood/.

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
Phone: +1-360-940-7314
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourplaceos/

Serving breakfast and brunch. Plus, they offer weekly specials.

Ocean Shores WA Hotels

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!

Caroline Inn

Caroline Inn 
1341 Ocean Shores Blvd. SW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-310-7502
Website: https://sweetcarolineinn.com/

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Caroline Inn in Ocean Shores, WA

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.

Quality Inn

Quality Inn 
773 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-855-849-1513
Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/washington/ocean-shores/quality-inn-hotels/wa111?source=pmftripblaw&pmf=tripbl 

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Quality Inn Ocean Shores, in Ocean Shores, WA 

Traditional hotel, hot breakfast, internet, indoor pool.

MorningGlory Hotel, Resort & Suites

MorningGlory Hotel, Resort & Suites
685 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-289-4900
Website: https://www.morninggloryhotel.com/

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

The Grey Gull  

651 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-844-344-3133;
Website: https://www.thegreygull.com/

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

Canterbury Inn Info 
643 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-360-289-3317
Website: https://www.canterburyinn.com/
Facebook: Facebook page for Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores, WA

Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor reviews for Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores, WA 

Yelp: Yelp reviews for Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores, WA

The Collins Inn & Seaside Cottages

The Collins Inn & Seaside Cottages 
318 Marina Court SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: +1-800-491-9631
Website: https://www.collinsinn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Cottage/Collins-Inn-Seaside-Cottages-155981197769220/

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of The Collins Inn and Seaside Cottages in Ocean Shores, WA

Beautiful inn, top rated. Full breakfast, private baths, wifi, bicycles, near beach. Adults only.

Camping near Ocean Shores WA

Washington State Parks

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:

Screamin' Eagle Campground

Screamin' Eagle Campground in Ocean City, WA

Screamin' Eagle Campground
Screamin' Eagle Google Map

17 2nd Ave, Ocean City, WA 98569
Phone: (855) 627-4673
Website: https://secampground.com/

TripAdvisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Screamin' Eagle Campground in Ocean City, WA

Camping, RV's, horses welcome. Green, spacious, close to the beach. 

Grays Harbor County WA

Where is Grays Harbor County? It envelops Grays Harbor and the majority of the southwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. 

Ocean Shores WA is situated in Grays Harbor County, as is Aberdeen WA, Amanda Park WA, Hoquiam WA, Humptulips WA, Quinault WA, Westport WA, and Wynoochee Lake.

For more information on the history of Grays Harbor County, see Hoquiam WA History.

Grays Harbor County Map

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