Cool Under Pressure

Inside the Cockpit During the Alki Beach Plane Crash

A Cessna's plunge near one of Seattle's most populated beaches could have been a disaster, if not for the grace of veteran pilot John La Porta.

07/28/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Choppy Start

The Weather's Not the Only Thing Raining on Seattle Beach Season

It's not just our chilly spring. A crackdown on crime and a lifeguard shortage are also cramping dreams of a sandy summer at Alki and Golden Gardens.

06/14/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Minivan Life

I Hate that I Love Seabrook

Seabrook, Washington, was built from scratch in 2005 to be the ultimate family vacation community. Is its perfection eerie or endearing?

05/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Map Quest

The Long Road Trip Down Long Beach

Wander through 30 miles of southwest Washington for beach walking, kiteflying, and history, starting at Leadbetter Point State Park.

05/23/2022 By Allison Williams

Salty Salish

Guide to Tide Pooling and Beach Combing around Seattle

Your guide to wandering our beaches at low tide and what to do with the sea life you find there.

05/12/2022 By Allison Williams

Short Stops

An Authentic Irish Pub Brings Salty Flavor to Ocean Shores

The Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores offers live music and a menu that includes classics like corned beef, making it a perfect road trip stop.

02/21/2022 By Allison Williams

Coastal Croissants

Canlis Alums Bring Two New Projects to Seabrook

Rising Tide Tavern and Vista Bakeshop (and Cookie's Country Chicken) create a critical mass of new restaurants on Washington's coast.

08/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Life’s a Beach

A Guide to a Very Seattle Beach Day

The best backdrops, reads, and drinks for all your lounging needs.

07/02/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Stefan Milne, and Allecia Vermillion Photography by Carlton Canary

Cold Tide

Washington's Best Beaches in Winter

Our shoreline shines in the off-season.

02/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Washington’s 25 Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state's best stretches of sand for all of it.

08/24/2020 By Allison Williams

Turn the Tide

Don't Go to the Beach for Memorial Day

Most of Washington's ocean-facing shoreline is closed, so it's not quite time for beach blanket bingo yet.

05/21/2020 By Allison Williams

Culture Fix

Weekend What to Do February 21–23

MoPOP celebrates Black comedy, Seattleites take a Polar Plunge, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong bend genres.

02/21/2020 By Ryan Phelan

Your Best Shot

Reader's Lens June 2019

Each month we choose a photo from Seattle’s Instagram community to highlight in our print issue and online.

05/29/2019

Summer Style

13 Things You Need Before Hitting the Beach

When it comes to beach gear, these local shops have everything you could possibly need. (Take that, LA.)

07/05/2018 By Jaime Archer

City Hall

Seattle Police Discuss Uptick in Gun Violence After Alki Shooting

The briefing to council members was scheduled the morning after a 23-year-old man was fatally shot at Alki Beach.

05/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Beachy Creatures

What the Wild Things Are

Keep an eye out for these coastal critters on your next beach visit.

07/20/2016 By Allison Williams

Breaking Waves

Meet the Makah Surfers Who Shred in Their Own Backyard

Which just happens to be one of the state's best surf beaches.

07/20/2016 By Allison Williams

Sunsetology

What Makes Our Coastal Sunsets So Gorgeous?

There’s no such thing as a sunset expert, but University of Washington atmospheric sciences and geophysics professor Steve Warren is pretty close.

07/20/2016 By Allison Williams

Get Out

The State's Best Beaches Are Hard to Reach...But That’s What Makes Them Great

Getting to the good stuff: The journey makes the destination even more rewarding.

07/20/2016 By Allison Williams

Uniquely Northwest

The 4 Kinds of Washington Beach Days

Illustrations by the Brave Union

07/20/2016 By Allison Williams