Ocean City State Park
Two miles north of Ocean Shores on Highway 115, Ocean City State Park (360/289-3553, www.parks.wa.gov) has campsites close to the town’s restaurants and shops. Open year-round, the park has camping in the trees, picnicking, two little ponds for bird-watching, and a path leading through the dunes to the beach.
There is no vehicle access here, but there are six access points in Ocean Shores—just head south along Ocean Shores Boulevard and look for the turnoffs. Signs are posted with beach driving regulations and safety warnings. Pedestrians have the right-of-way; cars must yield.
Drive only on the higher hard sand, not in the water, on the clam beds, or in the dunes, and observe a 25-mph speed limit. If you get stuck, put boards or other hard, flat material under your tires and pull out slowly. Be sure to hose down your car after driving on the beach, since salt spray can lead to rust.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition