Ocean Shores, WA

Travel Guide
North Jetty showing rocky coastline and a sandy beach

In this small town, visitors can relax and experience the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Ocean Shores is small, with just 5,500 residents, but visitors will find plenty of things to do. The town is on a peninsula. Wake to a sunrise to the east over North Bay and Grays Harbor. Enjoy a busy day sightseeing and come back in time to drink a cocktail while watching the sun set to the west over the Pacific Ocean.

The southernmost part of the peninsula is ironically the place to find the North Jetty. Park for free and roam the beach. Look for bits of bright sea glass rounded by the waves and brought to shore by tides. Head north along the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of beach and wade in the surf or build sand castles. In June, marvel at the kite flying that is part of the two-day Festival of Colors, an international stunt-kite festival that takes place on the city beaches and draws participants from around the world.

Moving a half mile (800 meters) east, you’ll find Oyhut Wildlife Area. Bring binoculars and do some birding. You’re likely to find snowy plovers, herons, pheasants, pelicans and more in the 682 acres (276 hectares) of natural wetlands and tidal flats.

On the eastern side of Oyhut, visit Ocean Shores Interpretive Center, with history and wildlife exhibits. Children will love the hands-on, interactive displays featuring snowy owls, sea otters and seals, the logging industry, whaling, predators and prey, fishing, ecology and sea creatures. There is even a display of a “person” made entirely from materials collected on the beach. There is plenty of free parking at the center, and there is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.

Rent an eco-friendly electric boat and spend the day on the canal or Duck Lake that stretch along the interior of the peninsula, or venture into the harbor. Bring a picnic lunch, and plenty of sunscreen, and spend the day on the water. If you have time, drive just over three hours north to see Olympic National Park with views of 7,965-foot (2,428-meter) Mount Olympus and its surrounding glaciers.

The Polynesian Resort
The Polynesian Resort
2.5 out of 5
615 Ocean Shores Blvd, Ocean Shores, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $89 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Ocean Shores, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Chance A La Mer State Park and Ocean Shores Beach. Quinault ...
3.8/5 Good! (462 reviews)
"Love our very spacious two bedroom suite! Definitely and older property. Very helpful staff and great swimming pool for the kids. No breakfast offered even though advertised. Went to McDonald's down the street."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

The Polynesian Resort
Quinault Beach Resort
Quinault Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
78 St. Rt. 115, Ocean Shores, WA
Nestled on the beach, this Ocean Shores hotel is just steps from Ocean City State Park and Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. Chance A La Mer Beach and Chance A ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Our room didn't have hot water on the tub working so we got another room. I also requested a crib but it didn't come..."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Quinault Beach Resort
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Ocean Shores
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Ocean Shores
2.5 out of 5
707 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $126 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Nestled on the beach, this Ocean Shores hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chance A La Mer State Park and Ocean Shores Beach. Quinault Beach Resort & Casino is 2.6 ...
3.4/5 (1,260 reviews)
"Our visit was very nice. A little noisy, loud banging, water pipes were loud"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Ocean Shores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shorebirds Villas
Shorebirds Villas
3 out of 5
782 Ocean Court Northwest, Ocean Shores, WA
The price is $99 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in the heart of Ocean Shores, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ocean Shores Beach and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (88 reviews)
"Maybe mention the code is for the door to the villa, not a gate. The remotes need to be labeled. An extra garbage can maybe in the bathroom and a box of Kleenex would be nice. Otherwise it was a unique stay..we enjoyed it."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Shorebirds Villas
The Grey Gull
The Grey Gull
2 out of 5
651 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA
The price is $116 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Nestled on the beach, this Ocean Shores aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chance A La Mer State Park and Ocean Shores Beach. Quinault Beach Resort & Casino ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (468 reviews)
"Second time staying here, employees are nice, room was nice and roomy."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

The Grey Gull
Sea Breeze Cottages
Sea Breeze Cottages
3 out of 5
131 Barnacle St, Ocean Shores, WA
The price is $104 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Ocean Shores, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ocean Shores Beach and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (153 reviews)
"we decided to go to Ocean shores on a whim for a night. This place is the absolute best! We will definitely be staying here again soon. It is a short distance to shopping, food, and the beach as well. You can hear the ocean waves and the "sea breeze" all night, while being bundled up inside your ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Sea Breeze Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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