Pacific Beach is a nearly 5-mile stretch of broad, sandy shoreline* at the northern end of Washington's North Beach.
Stretching nearly 26 miles from Grenville Point south to the North Jetty at Point Brown, the North Beach section of Washington's coast is characterized by an extremely flat profile that produces large tidal fluctuations and the perfect habitat for Pacific razor clams. Although only occasionally open to the general public, commercial harvests of the clams by the Quinualt Nation will draw hundreds of local resident to the beach, a centuries-old tradition of subsistence digging and collecting.
In the late summer locals also gather to celebrate the Kelper's Festival + Shake Rat Rendezvous. Celebrated Labor Day weekend, the event includes a parade, live music, food carts, and logging and shake mill competitions. One week later, Pacific Beach hosts its annual Wind Kite Festival.
Note: Before heading out, check with the Washington Department of Fish + Wildlife for shellfish digging regulations.
* Technically, Pacific Beach and Moclips Beach together are called Mocrocks Beach, which includes the continuous section of beach between the Moclips River and Copalis River estuaries.