Out in West Seattle, Alki Beach is the cream of the crop, jutting out into the Puget Sound. In fact, West Seattle gives off a distinctly beach-town feel, so head there for the sand, shore and general beach lifestyle. As a bonus, enjoy the unreal view of Seattle across Elliott Bay with (if you’re lucky) Mt. Rainier towering in the background.
As a port city surrounded by the salt-water Puget Sound on one side and the fresh-water Lake Washington on the other, it’s no wonder that Seattle beaches are popular destinations among locals and tourists alike—that is, during the 90 days of the year that the weather actually cooperates.
From beach neighborhoods worth exploring to exciting bar and restaurant options and, of course, fun water activities, these local beaches are slices of heaven worth visiting when the rain stops pouring on the city. Get your sunglasses and beach towels ready, it’s time to join usually pasty-skinned Seattleites for a swim.