The Olympic Peninsula is home to dramatic coastline and beaches. From sea stacks to tidepools, sandy shores to rocky cliffs there’s a beach for everyone. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite beaches paired with who they may appeal to most: Adventurers, Surfers, Whale Watchers, Families, Shell Fishermen, and Storm Chasers.
Adventurers –Shi Shi Beach– Often described as the Olympic Peninsula’s most dramatic beach, Shi Shi is home to sea stacks, caves, arches, and tidepools. Part of the adventure is getting to the beach. Starting just outside Neah Bay, it’s a 3.3 mile hike on wooden boardwalks and bridges through the rainforest and down a rather steep beach cliff. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views of this wild coast. A Makah Recreation Pass should be purchased before heading out on the trail.
Surfers and Whale Watchers- First Beach – Near the coastal town of La Push is one of the Olympic Peninsula’s top surfing spots, First Beach. Waves crash on the mile long crescent shaped beach which is part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Surf lessons and equipment rentals are available in La Push. At the north end of First Beach is a Whale Trail site. From February to April, gray whales pass through the area during their northern migration. Porpoises, otters, seals, and sea lions are also commonly seen here.