Summer is a time to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way than to drive around the Pacific Northwest exploring the beaches in your Subaru? From California-like beachy party scenes with colder water, to more secluded scenic beaches with a unique twist - we put together a list of :
Our Favorite Washington beaches for you to visit this summer
Kayaking to Jetty Island by Kari Quaas is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Jetty Island Park
An offshore isle located in Everett, this man made island only takes a 10 minute free ferry ride to arrive on two miles of beach. Not only do you not need to wait hours in line to leave the mainland, but once you're there you are set for the day on this easy access island. One unique twist are the bathrooms are even offshore, floating in the water!
Welcome to the Beach by Joe Goldberg is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Tucked back in seemingly the middle of nowhere, you will encounter a lot of trees and nature until you all the sudden come up the cutest little community mirroring a New England hamlet with small boutiques and small rental cottages overlooking the Pacific. A perfect romantic get-a-way or a single adventure to think and reflect, this scenic drive will bring you home to a peaceful environment for a long weekend.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse by Razvan Orendovici is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Don't be fooled by the name, this beach is anything but disappointing. This multi-faceted historical site is named for Captain John Meares thwarted voyage to find Columbia. Also a location of Lewis and Clark, you'll find hikes to military bunkers, lighthouses and where attempts were made to reach the Columbia River by the ocean. With many saltwater marshes and freshwater lakes nearby, this is a prime spot for clam-digging and salmon catching. The beach is a popular area for kite flyers to test out their toys, while others may lay on the sand or explore the area.
Alki Beach Park by Seattle Parks is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Looking like a slice of California beach misplaced too far north, this beach goes on for miles, looking endless to the eye. The birthplace of Seattle in 1851, this hangout spot remains full of volleyball nets, a historic bathhouse, and a Statue of Liberty replica. A great place for a big group of friends to come for the day, this beach will feel like you traveled much farther than within your same state.
Sunset at Golden Gardens in Ballard, Seattle is licensed under CC BY 2.0
If you love tide pools and nightly bonfires, this is the beach for you. This park, located in Seattle, also includes wetlands, hiking and playground areas. The bathhouse has been designated an historic landmark by Seattle in 2005. The beach has areas of typical beach space, as well as dunes and large grassy areas with exceptional views. The water is usually too cold to swim, but sailing, kayaking, and canoeing are popular activities.
Sunset @ Rialto Beach by Frank Wittig is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Not your typical white sandy beach, this beach is full of rock columns forming sea stacks which are tiny islands just offshore. Only large enough to have a few trees on each, they are prime places for sea lions to bask in the sun, and for you to take scenic pictures. Two miles north of this awesome view is Hole-in-the-Wall which is a natural sea arch carved into a headland, creating an open gateway at low tide. Definitely not something you see at every beach, this is a great place to explore and get your adventure craving met.
With Washington having so many beautiful areas and beaches, these are only a few! Take your Subaru out to explore all this amazing state has to offer. But before you do, come see us to make sure you're all set for your trip to enjoy without any hiccups! Click here to schedule an appointment at Suburb Service, or call (206) 705-8695 to reach our Seattle location. Come let us give your Subaru some love!