Everything You Need to Know about Ocean Shores Tides

Some of the best adventures you can embark on when visiting Ocean Shores involve the water. From casting a line fishing to looking for whales, the variety of activities in and around the water means there is something for everyone. Situated right on the beach, The Polynesian Resort is the ideal place for your seaside getaway. However, you need to understand Ocean Shores tides before setting off on your shoreline outings.

What Are High and Low Tides?

Generally, there are two high tides and two low tides a day. The point in which the water reaches as far as possible up the shoreline is high tide. When it recedes to its greatest scale is called low tide. This change is caused by the planet’s rotational force and the moon’s gravitational pull. The changing tides occur in the morning and evening, but the time changes throughout the year. The best way to know when high and low tides are each day is by checking a tide table.

What to Do during High and Low Tides?

This naturally occurring phenomenon can impact what activities you want to do during the day. If you’re hoping to do a bit of surfing, you’ll want to go when the tide is low to medium. If the tide is too low, there’s less room between the bottom and surface of the water. If the tide is too high, you won’t get much of a ride as waves break too close to shore.

The optimal tide you want can vary from activity to activity, including:

  • Slack tide, the hour before and after a high or low tide, for swimming
  • Fishing is best in a falling tide, two hours before low tide
  • Beachcombing and digging for razor clams is ideal at low tide

One of the best activities you can do during low tide is tide pooling. Tide pools are where water gets trapped when the tide goes down by rocks or low spots in the sand. Damon Point is probably the best place for this type of outing in our Washington town. Another great spot is the North Jetty. Whichever of these locations you visit, you might spot various sea creatures like mussels, barnacles, and anemones.

Plan Your Central Washington Coast Getaway

On your next visit to The Polynesian Resort, try Ocean Shores activities at the best possible time by checking the tides. Some of your favorite outings are made that much better during high or low tide. Staying at our Ocean Shores resort means you’re not only close to top adventures but also have a comfortable place to call home.

Our range of condo-style and traditional rooms means you can reserve a space that gives everyone plenty of room to relax and unwind. During your stay, check out our amenities like an indoor pool, on-site restaurant, and more. For more information or to learn about special offers, call 360-289-3361.

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