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Ocean Shores: Start here with this primer

Where to stay, what to do, etc.

Sharkey's in Ocean Shores

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Ocean Shores, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a peaceful retreat to the Pacific Coast, located conveniently 90 minutes west of Interstate 5 and the South Puget Sound area. Here you’ll find long stretches of sandy beach, 26 miles of inland waterways for boating and paddling, eclectic shops and art, accomodations from hotels to campsites, and an easy going vibe. This is a quick primer on everything you need to get started. Afterwards, click back HERE for the live feed of what is happening right now in the Shores, plus more stories, links to accomodations, restaurants and more.

Getting There

First, how to get there. It is best to type Ocean Shores into your car or phone’s GPS, or click here for a Google Map to find your way. Ocean Shores is just past Aberdeen, on a sandy spit that extends into the Pacific Ocean – a dead end at the beach.

Where to Stay

Hotels such as the Canterbury Inn (use promo code Military) and Quality Inn have been serving guests for decades. Other hotels can be found here – EXPEDIA . You can also rent homes and condos using sites such as AirBnB, VRBO,or for pet friendly hotels, click here. Rates vary – more in the summer, but compared to places like Cannon Beach, they are more affordable in Ocean Shores. You can also retire there by contacting Windermere Realty here.

Where to Eat

Food choices will depend a lot on what you like, but most of Ocean Shores is moderately priced, laid back, and family friendly. You can see a top list at Trip Advisor here. Stand outs in the Shores include Galway Bay Irish Pub a fun Irish bar and restaurant with killer gift shop in the heart of the area. Kids are welcome in the restaurant – check out the door to the back patio through the huge can of Guinness beer. Also in the Shores worth a bite is the Ocean Grill (try the crab mac & cheese), Dugan’s Pizza, and the newer Oyhut Bay Bistro.

The Beach

The sand and surf are probably why you’ll visit Ocean Shores in the first place. First, the beach is flat, sandy with widesweeping views of the ocean. You can drive right on the beach (but know what you are doing and watch the tides – locals have tons of stories about cars rolling in the surf). You can have fires on the beach, plus the winds are great for kite flying. You’ll also find beach gear at Sharkey’s, horseback riding, electric beach bikes, kite shops, and mopeds.

And, check out the city’s beach cam here.

Ocean Shores, natural

For those looking to commune with nature, Ocean Shores has some amazing opportunities. First, there are 26-miles of inland waterway/lakes where you can boat, kayak, paddle board and more. The Ocean Shores Boat House is the place to start. You can also check out the local conservation group here.Other outdoor pursuits include camping, hiking, bird watching, clamming, and ocean sailing, charters and fishing (which doesn’t happen in Ocean Shores), but 90 minutes there in Westport you’ll find these.


Finally, before clicking back to more info and our live social media feed here, check out these photos and blogs to get you excited about Ocean Shores. Check out this sweeping view of the beach here; photographer Stuart May here, and a fun map here.

Okay, click back to more on Ocean Shores, feature stories, what’s happening today and more here.

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