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Just 18 miles north of the more visible tourist destination of Ocean Shores, Pacific Beach is far away and of a completely different ilk. In short, Pacific Beach is all about the Beach. Along with its close neighbor of Moclips, these towns are as close to the Ocean as you can get. The beaches themselves are a marvelous easy to stroll sprawling beach of tight packed gray sand. The kind that filters through your toes as you stroll or run for miles.
And the town of Pacific Beach, a village really, rises gently up a small hill from the beach and access areas. You will love the atmosphere. There is something special about a place which is home to the Wacky Warehouse and the Zany Zebra. Plus small shops, restaurant and also home to the US Navy which came during World War II, built a significant outpost which has subsequently been built
Having started as a sawmill operation, Pacific Beach became a travel destination in the late 1800's when it was settled by Henry Blodget. He was a hunter and trapper who homesteaded here and enticed a friend to build what soon became the Pacific Beach Hotel.
Originally tagged with the name Joe Creek the area went through several other names like Roundtree, Ocean View, Illahee Beach and Bluffton before Pacific Beach became the official moniker. The allure has always been the two miles of sprawling shallow beach that stretches along the mighty Pacific Ocean.
The Northern Pacific Railway, always looking for reasons travelers should enjoy train travel, built a line to Pacific Beach in 1902. The place became immensely popular and precipitated the building of the Pacific Beach Hotel. It thrived as a popular destination from the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area for razor clam digging, picnicking and surf fishing.
By the way you might like to visit that Zany Zebra which is actually a small diner and the Wacky Warehouse which is kind of a hardware store, kind of a junk shop and kind of like nothing you've ever seen before. And the Navy? Well they tried to sell the facility to the local area but the sale fell through and things at the base sat unused until the middle of this century.
In the 1980's the base was developed into a recreational facility and conference center for navy and other government personnel or their authorized family and friends. The Windjammer Restaurant and bar, gift shop and bowling alley are open to the public. Each 1950s vintage guest cottage is named after a U.S. president.
In recent years, a large destination resort called Seabrook has been under construction just south of town. Seabrook, many vacation cabins and a camping park with 2,000 feet of shoreline draw tourists from all over to enjoy the salt air and stunning ever-present ocean waves.
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