Whidbey Island is surrounded with beautiful beaches, some of them are private beaches, some of them public beaches, some hidden, and some a haven for thousands during the summer months. Whidbey Island is also perfect for camping along with the beach. These places will make sure leave a great experience on your life.
Ebey’s Landing – Coupeville
Ebey’s Landing is perfect for outdoor activties like camping, hiking. You will enjoy the rocky, windy lookout over the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Also walk along the beach itself, to see the popular Salmon fishing location during Fishing season, or follow the cliff side trail, leading you up along the bluffs on the north end of the beach. If you want the total experience, you can hike the loop trail in either direction, following it along the beach and the bluffs for over 5 miles.
Double Bluff Beach – Freeland
This is one of the best beach on the Southern end of the island, you can see shellfish harvest or have a little walk, total solitude. This beach is the sandiest on Whidbey, reminiscent of the sandy beaches you would expect to find in areas like Southern California. The beach tidelands themselves comprise Double Bluff State Park.
The Southern end of the shore faces South, toward Useless Bay and, further to the South, towards Puget Sound and Seattle. On clear days, Mt Rainier can be seen on the horizon. Fed by sand from the bluffs at its East and West ends, Useless Bay has a sandy, shallow slope, making it impossible for boats to approach the shore. This geographic feature is what gave Useless Bay it’s name. During low tide, the beach can extend more than a half mile out from the shore.
Useless Bay opens to the West into Admiralty Inlet. The shore here abuts a large bluff which rises from Useless Bay and descends to Double Bluff several miles down the shore. Double bluff is also unique in that is the only off-leash, dog-friendly beach in the area.
Dugualla Bay – Oak Harbor
This is not your typical beach. It doesn’t bring to mind iconic white sand beaches, with waves breaking across the shore. This is not a place that many tourists find, in fact you can find complete solitude here most days. There are several small public access points along Dugualla Bay. They’re small, with parking for only a handful of cars. These spots are where locals stop, usually to be alone with nature for a while.
This beach is a great place to watch birds like ducks and eagles, while you listen to the chirping of an uncountable number of frogs.
North Beach – Oak Harbor
The majestic Deception Pass Bridge spans the rocks above you. On some days it will slide through the fog and on others shine in the late morning light. As the tide flows, you can watch the water flow through the pass like a river, the phenomenon that gave rise for boaters to name the stretch of water: Deception Pass.
If you want, you can hike up to the bridge, and walk across it to watch the water flow beneath, or you can simply enjoy this beach, fish for Salmon off the shore or enjoy the Deception Pass State Park of which it is a part.
The beach is only a short walk from easy parking, but be warned it is quite popular with tourists, especially during the Summer months. So, if you’re looking for seclusion, this is not the beach for you.
Maxwelton Beach / Dave Mackie Park – Clinton
Not many people visit Dave Mackie Park most of year. During the summer months, the nearby vacation homes fill up, and you’ll see visiting children fill up the nearby ball field and playground, but overall this huge, westward facing public beach is fairly underutilized. That makes it great if you are looking to have a lot of space to yourself on a nice sandy, breezy beach on South Whidbey. This is a great place to view the Olympic Mountains on a clear day.
Every 4th of July, this park is host to the celebrated Maxwelton Independance Day Parade, a local tradition that relies on the support of locals to make it a success every year.
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