Romantic Beaches


Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts is a beautiful place to sit and watch the waves with a special companion. Look out at the Strait of Georgia and take in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands, south of the border. This is a prime whale watching spot, where the orcas have been known to come as close as 20 feet from the shore as they hunt for salmon.


Blaine Marine Park is a special place to watch the sunset as it sets over Canada. Sit on the bench shaded by an apple tree, and look out across the water. From the park, one can see the Peace Arch, which marks the border on land. On a warm day, dip your toes in the water, or just enjoy the view. Regardless, romance will find you in Blaine Marine Park.


Boulevard Park, which sits nicely between Bellingham and Fairhaven, is one of the most romantic places in the city to sit and take in the sunset or grab a coffee and take a long walk in the sun. Let the boardwalk lead you to Fairhaven, full of shops and restaurants, or lay a blanket in the grass among the frisbee players and the hammocks.


Lummi Island boasts many beautiful beaches, but Sunset Beach overlooking the Rosario Strait is truly the most romantic spot on the island. Look around for the petroglyph, an ancient rock carving said to be hidden in plain sight on Sunset Beach. Look for a while until the San Juan Island sunset, which will not disappoint.


Larrabee State Park, which is located off Chuckanut Drive in Bellingham is definitely a primo destination for an adventure date. Hike down to any of the various beach access points and lay a blanket on the large rock formations or on the pebbled beach. Explore the forest, which nearly kisses the surf, or climb over the rocks to find a more secluded spot.


Hope Island is a state park that is between Whidbey Island and La Conner on Skagit Bay. It can only be reached by boat, so jump in a dingy, rent a kayak or sail on over to the island with a sense of wonder peaked. Stay a while and wait for bald eagles or great blue herons to appear, as they often hunt shellfish on the island. Hope Island is full of trails, wildlife and views around every corner.


Dugualla Bay is a hidden gem of the islands. Located on Whidbey Island, the secluded beach will not disappoint. The view looks across Skagit Bay towards Goat Island and the mainland. It is easy when exploring Dugualla Bay to feel like you’re the only people in the world, as the bay is not well known to tourists and frequented by a handful of locals.


Fort Worden in Port Townsend was the film setting for the movie, An Officer and a Gentleman. Park yourself down by the Point Wilson lighthouse and look north to Victoria, B.C. or east to Fort Casey on Whidbey Island.


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