Few beach towns combine stunning natural beauty with a decidedly unique vibe than Ocean Shores, Washington.
Ocean Shores reminds you of the carefree days of a simpler time. And at the heart of this popular coastal escape sits The Polynesian Resort, an immaculate destination providing the only condominium-style oceanfront accommodations. That means spacious 1- and 2-bedroom units with full kitchens, fireplaces and plenty of room for family and friends. Private balconies line the beachfront sand dunes.
The Polynesian Resort features a distinctive and fun “island-style” exterior that’s carried over into the resort lobby, though the guest rooms have a more traditional look. The property features a sparkling indoor heated pool, a spa and sauna. There’s an onsite game room with arcade favorites and a pool table. Outside, there’s a private park featuring a lush lawn, shady trees and play areas for basketball, volleyball and tetherball. There are picnic facilities and gas barbecues, too.
But you don’t have to do all the cooking.
The new Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub onsite is the newest casual dining spot on the Washington coast, a favorite of families and locals alike. Enjoy happy hour and casual pub favorite dinners, Tuesdays through Saturday nights.
Natural Beauty in Ocean Shores
From The Polynesian Resort, access to outdoor recreation is exceptional. Stroll over the sand dune trails to a six-mile stretch of sandy beach. You can build a sandcastle, fly a kite, explore the shoreline or just relax. If you to need to haul more gear than you want to carry, consider driving. Ocean Shores is one of the few places in Washington where you can park your vehicle on the sand.
Surfing attracts the most adventurous. You can take lessons and rent a board and wetsuit from local experts. You can zip along the water’s edge on fat bikes or mopeds, which are also available for rent. In the summer months, you can join guided horse rides along the beach.
Besides access to the mighty Pacific, The Polynesian Resort is located adjacent to Duck Lake and the 23 miles of freshwater canals easing around it. The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching. Wildlife abounds. You can fish off several public docks or stroll along the 1.2-mile Weatherwax Trail amid 120 acres of old-growth forest.
Clam digging is a big draw on state-sanctioned dig dates through the fall, winter and spring months. The community celebrates the elusive edible each year during the annual 3-day Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza in mid-March.
Golfers can tee off at the Ocean Shores Golf Course, a quick four-minute drive away.
Play Around in Town
Guests to Ocean Shores often feel nostalgic because a visit to the arcades and shops around town make you feel like a kid again. Spend some of your “vacation” money on a unique souvenir. Certainly the most distinctive shopping destination is Sharky’s, notable for its unusual entrance through the mouth of giant shark. Nearly every guest to Ocean Shores stops there at least once for a photo-op and to explore a colorful treasure trove of beachy collectibles, t-shirts and salt-water taffy.
Other classic fun reminiscent of a simpler time include playing a round of mini-golf, racing around a go-kart track or bowling. Follow that up with your favorite-flavored ice cream cone as you stroll around this timeless town. It’s a perfect way to unplug and unwind.
You can plan your trip to The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores, Washington by visiting www.thepolynesian.com.