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Ocean Shores- Making the best of it

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Ocean Shores- Making the best of it

In August will be spending 3 night with girlfriends. We don't get to see each other much and wanted a beach trip. I was hoping for Manzanita, but we were able to borrow a cabin for free from a friend, so price won out and now we're going to Ocean Shores, sigh. We went to Ocean Shores often when I was a kid and I have been several times as an adult because family friends live there. I've always thought of it as a dreary little place with not much to do. Besides the jetty and the interpretive center (just learned about it!), I am looking for recommendations to make the most of the trip. Where is the best place to take a long beach walk? Without cars? Any easy hikes nearby? Good daytrips-but not too much driving? Other ideas? Thanks!

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11. Re: Ocean Shores- Making the best of it

Kaleberg, right. We are coast people, too. We spend 3 or 4 weeks per year on Oregon coast, all seasons. Rain normally not a pain, but then we usually have a better room with some sort of ocean view. Actually we love it when it storms when we are at Depoe Bay. We can watch the ocean.

One deciding factor. Our son and family in Yelm so we went there for 4th night, and wife was able to get refund for night 4.

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In Ocean Shores:

OS Electric Boats (combine with Interpretive Center)

Playtime Family Fun (bumper cars, arcade, ice cream)

Walks (Weatherwax, Damon Point)

Miniature Golf, mopeds, etc.

Food: Viet Hoa (great Asian)

Galway Bay (check for entertainment-weekends)

La Chica (if she's open-she is an experience, great Mexican)

Shops including Coastal Serenity, Sipping Serendipity and Flying Cats

Head up north to Pacific Beach/Moclips

GREAT beach to walk!

Emily's Confections

Seagate (terrific pizza, oyster dinner, prime rib Wednesdays)

Museum of North Beach (Saturday, Sunday)

Paddies Perch (have been having Dungeness Crab Saturday nights, good breakfasts)

Lake Quinault for hikes.

Oh, and new shops in Catala Mall in OS-made to order fried chicken place and a tasting from with former winemaker/restaurateur.

Bottom line. Enjoy time with your friends!

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It has been a little over two years since I visited Ocean Shores. I am from the East and I wanted to see the Pacific Ocean while visiting Seattle.

My friend and I stayed at the Indian Casino, located just north of the town of Ocean Shores.

Great choice! Really beautiful room for a reasonable price - and the reasonable price and reviews are what led us to stay there. Service was outstanding and welcoming.

The beautiful onsite restaurant, overlooking the ocean, had delicious food - most especially anything with crab. Oh, and their clam chowder was wonderful.

Outside the hotel, an elevated wooden walkway crosses the dunes out to the beach. We were there in late October. It was cool but sunny and we were able to walk the beach.

We did drive into the small town of Ocean Shores one day and went to the beach there. We were able to drive onto the beach. There were hundreds upon hundreds of little birds on the beach that day.

The town of Ocean Shores looks just like any of the smaller beach towns along the Atlantic Coast. Not much open during the off season, probably packed with families during the summer months.

In all, it was a good trip for us.

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I love going to Ocean Shores, no matter the weather. My husband and I are beach people and spend most daylight hours on it while we're there.

We found a great place to walk is Damon Point. Its not far from the Interpretive Center. Its about a mile and a half long and there's a lot of area to explore out there. We find agates there, if you're into that kind of thing.

I had a beautiful walk on the beach to the right of the jetty while my husband fished on our last trip to OS this past May. No cars allowed on that stretch and you can go a very long ways before one of the canals emptying into the ocean cuts off your path.

We also had a fun side trip over to Westport. The area near the marina has some cute little touristy shops and a great fish-n-chips place. There's a state park (day use only?) close by and the beach was lovely. I don't think cars were allowed there either. We walked for a couple of miles at least and there were lots of sand dollars and such.

Edited: 5:40 pm, August 09, 2012
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