Where to Stay on the North Beach

Running from the southern tip of Ocean Shores all the way up to Moclips, the sandy stretch of land known as the North Beach of Grays Harbor is a favorite destination for vacations of all styles. Full of adventure, romance, stunning sunsets, entertainment and beach access, few places in the Evergreen State offer the wide range of amenities that you’ll find on Grays Harbor’s North Beach. There is nothing quite like spending a night or two along the Washington Coast and with these fantastic destinations, you are sure to have the ideal coastal getaway. No matter what the weather or season, be it a sunny summer day or a stormy winter evening, the North Beach should be the location for your next overnight outing. Not sure where to spend the night? Here is where to stay on the North Beach.

Where to stay on North Beach Iron Springs
Perfect for clam digs, family vacations and romantic getaways, Iron Springs is an iconic place to stay on the North Beach of Grays Harbor. Photo courtesy: Iron Springs

Pacific Beach and Moclips

Around Pacific Beach and Moclips, a handful of great spots await your visit, each giving you incredible views and memorable experiences. We start at Iron Springs, the winner for best cabins in 2019’s King 5 Best Northwest Escapes. Located right along the bluffs above the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean, Iron Springs is both a family-friendly and romantic getaway that is a favorite for locals and tourists. A stay here during clam digging season is hard to beat.

Further north, the Sandpiper Beach Resort offers suites and cabins with fireplaces, Wi-Fi and great views of the beach and ocean.  At the Sandpiper, you’ll also get to enjoy private patios and barbecue facilities.

Then there is the timeless and classic destination known as the Ocean Crest Resort. Resting 120 feet above the beach below, this resort offers incredible views, fantastic dining and world class storm watching opportunities. Year round, the Ocean Crest is the perfect place to stay for any trip to the coast, be it a romantic getaway, a family vacation or even a business trip.

Also, in the region is Seabrook, Washington’s premiere planned coastal community. Offering nearly every amenity you need for a vacation, Seabrook has numerous styles of homes and cabins to rent for a night, weekend or longer.

Where to stay on North Beach Seabrook
The planned community of Seabrook has quickly become one of the must-stay locations along the North Beach. Photo courtesy: Seabrook

Ocean City and Copalis

With a population of just 200 people for Ocean City and 400 for Copalis, one would assume that this area wouldn’t have anywhere to stay. Yet, these tiny coastal towns have become a getaway for those looking to avoid the traffic and crowds in Ocean Shores while still remaining close to the beach. In these towns, you’ll find a timeless, retro quality to your lodging needs. You’ll have everything you need for a night on the beach, without any of the fuss.

We start with the North Beach Hotel, located right off of Highway 109 and a half mile from the sandy shores. The rooms are pet friendly, cozy and able to accommodate 1-6 people, depending on which of the 10 rooms you select.

Nearby, the West Winds Resort Motel is another great option in Ocean City. Offering fully furnished cabins and rooms with full kitchens and utensils, as well as being a short walk to the beach, West Winds is a hidden gem along the coast.

Finally, we end up at Copalis Beach and the Low Tide Motel. Offering Wi-Fi and a location close to the fantastic food and drinks at the Green Lantern Pub, the Low Tide is the perfect basecamp for a clam digging adventure or for exploration up and down the coast.

Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores is the largest town on the Washington coast, but it doesn’t feel like it since the town stretches for six miles along the sandy peninsula. Because of its size and location right along the beach, there are dozens of great places to stay in Ocean Shores. The town is one of the more sought-after destinations along the North Beach, giving almost every amenity you could need. Here are three spots that should be at the top of your list to check out when thinking of a staying in Ocean Shores.

We start just outside of town at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Offering dining, a spa, gaming, entertainment, and rooms with ocean views, a night or two here is hard to beat.

Where to stay on North Beach Quinault Beach Resort and Casino
Just north of Ocean Shores, the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is a beautiful and entertaining destination on the coast. Photo courtesy: Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

For something a little more low-key, but close to the amenities found in Ocean Shores, the Canterbury Inn is a classic. Within walking distance to the dunes and breaking waves of the Pacific right from your room, this spot is worth the trip all year long.

Finally, for a place even more relaxed, consider spending a night or two at The Shorebird Villas. Within walking distance to everything in town, The Villas consist of six unique, separated, A-Frame buildings, each with a different theme. Offering fireplaces and a close proximity to the beach, you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover this place sooner.


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