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Ocean Shores Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 104 photos

Ocean Shores - Escape to the Coast

Ocean Shores is a small resort and retirement community located on a peninsula between Grays Harbor and the Pacific Ocean in Washington State. About 4000 people live in this low-key town. And it's about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle during good traffic.

I own a condo here and always enjoy using my place as a quiet get-away. Ocean Shores is not sophisticated or exciting. Mostly families and middle class couples visit. They are attracted by, of course, the beach and the quiet.

This section of the Washington coast is marked by low hills, marsh lands, tide flats, small lakes, canals, and mile after mile of grassy dunes.

Fifteen minutes to the north, the terrain changes. There the beaches are distinguished by sandy bluffs, rocky outcrops, and towering coastal cedar and hemlock.

Olympic National Park and the Hoh Rainforest are 45 minutes north of Ocean Shores.

The weather in OS is mild and wet. Summers are cool and dry, though fog and coastal clouds often cover the area. The best time of year to visit is the spring or fall when rains are light and sun is often plentiful. Winter wind and rain storms can be brutal. During the summer, a passenger ferry connects Ocean Shores with the community of Wesport, located just across the harbor entrance to the south.


I think the best thing to do in Ocean Shores is walk on the beach. If that isn't enough, try the Musuem of the North Coast (a tiny grassroots museum). Go to the OS Interpretive Center, see a movie (cheap!), go kyaking on Duck Lake and the canals, play golf, or shop in the art galleries (I recommend Fusion and Marjulie),

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, inexpensive, plenty to do
  • Cons:Not a quaint coastal village, poor service in some restaurants
  • In a nutshell:A good weekend getaway
  • Last visit to Ocean Shores: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nov 16, 2005 at 3:04 PM

    I have just bought property in ocean shores and am building a home. I also just bought a condo at the polynesian Inn which I am going to decorate and give it a personal charm so glad to hear your comments.


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