There are plenty of things to do at Kalaloch and Ruby Beach. These are two of the most visited beaches in Olympic National Park. In this area there are a total of eight beaches to explore.

The beaches are all stunning and great for long walks and beachcombing. There is a mix of pristine, sandy shores and rugged rocky coastlines. These interesting beaches are lined with driftwood and many host tidal pools waiting for discovery. After a long day of discovery, it will be time to enjoy a cozy beach fire.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Jacques Cousteau

Be safe! Remember to check the tide schedule before heading out to the shore each day.

Marine wildlife is plentiful in the offshore islands. The Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary and three national wildlife refuges protect this marine coastline. During April-May and again during October-November, whale watching is at its peak in this area.

The entire park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with more than 250 species recorded. Peregrine falcons, bald eagles, western gulls are a few varieties you may spot along the shore.

Watching the sunset and sunrise from the beach or the overlooking cliff at Kalaloch is magical.

We love Kalaloch Lodge and it made our top 10 most romantic spots to stay. The lodge looks out onto the beach and offers a variety of rooms and cabins. We were very fortunate when we went in October to be upgraded to a cabin. We had booked for two nights but were able to extend it to three. The cabins are warm and welcoming. Ours had a fireplace, kitchen, living room and a separate bedroom. There is no wifi available, making it the perfect place to relax from all the distractions of the world.

We used this location as a base to explore and enjoy nearby beaches, Lake Quinault and Hoh Rain Forest.

If you plan to camp you need to book your spot months in advance.  View more photos.

Top things to do

  • Hike the rugged coast
  • Experience endless beach walks
  • Be a beachcomber
  • Explore tidal pools
  • Whale watch
  • Visit Hoy Rain Forest
  • Roam Lake Quinault
  • View magnificent sunsets and sunrises
  • Tell stories around a beach fire
  • Meditate to the sound of ocean waves

Getting to Kalaloch:

Kalaloch and Ruby Beach are located on the southwest coast side of the Olympic Peninsula.

From Vancouver, BC. Canada

• 6 hours – The shortest route is through Seattle and Olympia, Washington, depending on traffic and border crossing times.
• 7 1/2 hours – This route goes via Victoria to Port Angeles, using two ferries. Always make ferry reservations.
• 6 1/2 hours – This route goes via Whidbey Island, using the Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry. Always make ferry reservations.

From Seattle, Washington

• 3 hours, 15 minutes – The shortest driving route goes through Olympia.
• 4 1/2 hours – This route goes via the Bainbridge ferry and Port Angeles.

Before you go

  • Take time to plan your visit to avoid disappointment.
  • Make reservations for all accommodations including campsites. The popular summer season sells out fast for available spots. Many facilities are seasonal and do close.
  • Check road closures within the park.
  • Make ferry reservations.
  • Always check the tide charts.
  • Wear good sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring weatherproof clothing or rain gear. Plan to dress in layers.
  • Bring a camera and a pair of binoculars.
  • Make sure you are prepared for exploring the wilderness.
  • Read wildlife safety tips.
  • Check out our trip planning tools for Olympic National Park

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