Destination guide

Treat yourself to a cozy holiday in Ocean Shores

Soak in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with a relaxing vacation to Ocean Shores. With an abundance of wildlife and year-round family activities, the Ocean Shores peninsula is a desirable coastal destination. Whether you’re traveling with your family or on a romantic getaway, this is a great, low-key place to enjoy nature and make memories. Take the family for a long walk along the shore or rent kayaks to meander down the freshwater rivers. With Ocean Shores vacation rentals ranging from quaint cottages to grand beach houses, this peninsula may just become your home away from home.

Things to do

Learn about Ocean Shores’ coastal environment

For an educational day of family fun, head to the Coastal Interpretive Center. The center, which educates the public on the ecology and history of Ocean Shores and coast life, boasts numerous kid-friendly, “touchable” exhibits. Outside you can find the Matthew McGee nature trail, which takes visitors through the coastal forest. While you can make your own way through the center, guided tours are available. For a better view of the Pacific Ocean, climb the rocks of the Northern Jetty. From the half-mile long rock formation, you can watch the freighters coming into Gray Harbor and the crabbing boats.

Activities

Explore the outdoors in Ocean Shores

No matter the season, outdoor enthusiasts fill up the Ocean Shores vacation rentals and head to the beach to partake in water activities like surf fishing and surf kayaking. Ocean Shores activities include an invigorating hike in rocky terrain or stroll along the beach, and the ocean winds make the shore a perfect spot for flying kites. Farther inland you can explore the peninsula by bike or moped. At the end of a long day, pitch a fire on the cold sand, stargaze, and listen to the roar of the waves.

Weather

Mild weather allows for year-round fun in Ocean Shores

If you are looking to book one of the Ocean Shores vacation rentals, don’t worry about coming during the wrong season. Due to the region’s oceanic climate, Ocean Shores weather is mild. The winter months are perfect for feeing the brisk sea breeze, digging for clams, and cozying up in your cottage. During the summer, you can head out to the beaches and try some water sports. Ocean Shores sees a good deal of rain, which helps keep the coastal forests green and gives travelers the spectacular show of a storm on the ocean.

Natural features

Live the coastal life in Ocean Shores

If you look at a map of Ocean Shores, you’ll see that the area has three coastlines. During the colder months, travelers and locals take to the coast to search for clams along the shore. In all seasons, bird watchers come to Ocean Shores to see a wide variety of species. At the tip of the peninsula is Damon Point, an area known for bald eagle sightings. The peninsula also has numerous freshwater rivers and lakes, such as Duck Lake, that are ideal for fishing and kayaking.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ocean Shores

Fly into Hoquiam, WA (HQM-Bowerman), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.7 km) from the city center.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ocean Shores?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ocean Shores. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocean Shores Beach: 425 vacation rentals
  • Coastal Intrepretive Center: 413 vacation rentals
  • Damon Point: 371 vacation rentals
  • North Jetty: 335 vacation rentals
  • Playtime Family Fun: 431 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocean Shores listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ocean Shores?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 217 Houses in Ocean Shores. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ocean Shores include:

  • Cabins: 34 rentals available
  • Cottages: 34 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 102 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ocean Shores?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 62 vacation rentals with pool available in Ocean Shores. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.