The state of Washington is an attractive spot for beach camping, with its scenic stretches of beach, mild temperatures and recreational activities. You can choose from various Washington state parks or the Makah Native American Reservation as the location of your camping trip -- each of which offers tent camping and an array of outdoor attractions.
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Makah Native American Reservation
The 44-square-mile Makah Native American Reservation, located immediately south of Cape Flattery, contains the Hobuck Beach Resort, a family resort on Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay offering tent campsites with ocean views and beach access. Amenities include restrooms with free showers.
Sucia Island Marine State Park
Sucia Island Marine State Park is 564 acres on 11 islands with 77,700 feet of shoreline and nine campground areas. There are 55 primitive sites and two group camps, available on a first-come first-served basis and open year-round. During the off-season, water is turned off. Available activities include sailing, boating, 6 miles of hiking trails through the forest, beach walking, bird watching, swimming and crab-wading.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Located on the Long Beach Peninsula where the Columbia River hits the Pacific Ocean, the 1,882-acre Cape Disappointment State Park has not only beaches but also forests for campers to explore, as well as a historic fort on the coast, two lighthouses, 5 miles of trails and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Campers can stay in platform tents or tent-like yurts, which are furnished and heated. Amenities include bathrooms and showers.
Grayland Beach State Park
The 412-acre Grayland Beach State Park offers year-round camping on 7,449 feet of oceanfront property in Southwest Washington. Campers can choose from platform tents or furnished, heated tent-like yurts, which are 16 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. Amenities include a barbecue grill, utility hook-ups, picnic table, bathrooms and showers. Reservations may be made year-round nine months in advance. Nature and outdoor activity lovers will enjoy kite flying, beach walking and running, bird watching and water sports.
When to Go
Due to the Cascade Mountains, western Washington experiences a milder climate year-round compared with eastern Washington. The west coast is one of the rainiest regions in the world, with some coastal areas getting more than 200 inches of rain a year. Most of the rainfall occurs October through March, making April through September a better time of year for beach camping. Highs during the less-rainy season average in the 60s with cool nights. It is best for travelers to Washington’s beaches to come prepared with warm coats and waterproof gear all times of the year.