U.S. News & World Reports recently released its top-10 Best Spring Break Destinations, and guess what dominated the list? Beaches, from Nos. 1 to 10! Almost all, from Miami to Cancun, were party beaches, where teens and 20-somethings go to blow off steam after midterms.
Allow us to float a different idea: Twenty-plus miles of wide-open beach stretching horizon to horizon, family friendly entertainment, early morning beach walks, midday bike rides and seafood dinners. No hustle, no bustle. We’re talking relaxation in every direction.
This isn’t Panama City. It’s not Daytona. This is Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County.
Spring breaks typically fall in late March and early April, a particularly special time in Pacific County, when the summertime blockbuster events are still months away and the winter weather is beginning to fade. Families with children will especially enjoy Spring Break Family Kite Fun at the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame in Long Beach. The event is mid-March to mid-April.
Some people call this time of year the “slow season”, but we prefer “relaxation season”. It’s a time to lose yourself in nature or stake a claim on a stretch of beach and watchthe sun slip behind the horizon. It’s a time to sit at the Port of Ilwaco as the fishers and crabbers unload their haul just yards away. It’s a time to explore, whether meandering up and down Highway 101 along Willapa Bay or trekking toward Radar Ridge in Naselle.
There’s so much to see and do in Pacific County that it can be hard to take it all in during a busy spring or summer weekend. Visit during “relaxation season” and you’ll find short lines, uncrowded state parks, vacant trails, easy parking and very light traffic.
It’s spring break, after all – a time to slow down, recharge and regroup, whether you’re heading into the next semester or the upcoming workweek. Escape to the Long Beach Peninsula and take a break from the ordinary this spring break!