Favorite Beaches in Washington? Rialto and Long Beach!

For this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge I considered the beaches in Washington and decided to share two of them with you – Rialto and Long Beach. I don’t know if you could find two beaches on the same coast as different as these two!

Rialto Beach

On Washington’s wild and rugged north coast, I only discovered it a few years ago and was so enchanted, have returned many times since. A true wilderness, it has ghost trees, giant drift logs, sea stacks and miles of solitude.

But for pure fun, head south to –

Long Beach

The longest in the world? Who really knows! But according to Wikipedia, “The Long Beach Peninsula is known for its continuous sand beach 28 miles (45 km) in extent on the Pacific Ocean side, claimed to be the longest beach in the United States.”

Longest or not, I love visiting this gorgeous beach to walk, ride, and bicycle on its shore. You can even bring a vehicle if you want to drive in for sunset! There’s room for all!

It’s even got a kitschy town where you can have fresh donuts in the morning and licorice ice cream in the afternoon, my favorite!

So there you have it – a study in opposites! And with that, I’m taking a week off from the blog. Hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

~ Susanne

25 Comments on “Favorite Beaches in Washington? Rialto and Long Beach!

  1. With that amount of driftwood, your beaches are very different to ours in Norfolk. But it does make them interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Two very different beaches indeed, Susanne, and both so gorgeous! I’ve seen some of your images before featuring those sea stacks–so cool! Very much a wild beach. Long Beach is also cool and looks like a fun place for parties and pure ocean fun. Once again, you sell the West side of WA so well! Happy 4th and enjoy your break!

  3. Such a beautiful beach! The solitude, so wonderful. Happy Fourth, Susanne, enjoy your break. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  4. Washington looks lovely. Iโ€™ve never been. And, licorice ice cream sounds pretty good. Havenโ€™t heard of it before.

  5. I can almost smell the sea air just by feeling into your photos! What a beautiful stateโ€ฆ.Enjoy your week off.

    • Thanks! I usually find licorice ice cream in beach towns! Not sure why but I like to get it when I can! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Those are a couple of great beaches, Susanne. I knew people who played music every year at the kite festival at Long Beach. I believe they had a lot of fun there. Elevated Ice Cream in Port Townsend used to make licorice ice cream, which was very good. I think it might have been one of their occasional flavors rather than a regular.

    • Thanks, Graham. There’s so much to see and do in Long Beach, but I don’t think I’ve been to the Kite Festival. Sounds like fun! I’m not sure why licorice ice cream is so hard to find but they always have it there. Some places make it without the coloring which is better so you don’t wear it the rest of the day! ๐Ÿ˜„

  7. I see what you mean about the contrast between these two! We loved Rialto Beach for photography (I suspect it will creep into my own response to the challenge!) but we didn’t get to Long Beach as we turned inland after the Olympic Peninsula. It looks fin!

  8. Enjoyed your pictures! Looks like two vastly different beaches, both beautiful. Enjoy your break, Iโ€™ve been on one for a few weeks myself.

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