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Waikiki Beach | Washington - Cape Disappointment State Park

Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park is a centerpiece of this much-visited state park. It includes gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

Visiting Washington's Waikiki Beach is a no-brainer, no matter if you're visiting the area for the first time or are a seasoned Cape Disappointment veteran. It's one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific Northwest and is often the subject of photographers from around the PNW.

Waikiki Beach Washington

Where is Waikiki Beach?

Waikiki Beach is a popular beach in Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington state. It's on the western coast of the state, not far from Jetty Road at the very tip of the state park. Of all of Washington's state and national parks, Waikiki Beach is part of one of the best.

The beach is close to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It is also the most popular place to get a good look at the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse on the bluff across the water.

How to Get to Waikiki Beach?

To get to Waikiki Beach in Washington, you'll want to take Highway 100 south till it intersects with Jetty Road. Take a right here and follow the road until you get to one of two parking lots.

The first is at the intersection of Jetty Road and Fort Canby Road, and the other is further along Jetty Road and is practically right next to the beach. You can access the beach from both parking areas.

Use the map below to get directions to Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park:

Visiting Waikiki Beach - Cape Disappointment

Waikiki Beach and the Lighthouse
A view of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse from Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is one of the best-known beaches at the southern end of Cape Disappointment, a one-of-a-kind Washington state park. It's easy to get to, and the parking extends between two lots along Jetty Road. Despite the two lots, it can be quite popular, and you may struggle to find a parking spot.

The beach is a popular spot for those hoping to get a below view of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which is positioned on a bluff across from the beach. You can also visit the lighthouse by hiking the Cape Disappointment Trail from Fort Canby.

What to Do at Waikiki Beach

If you're visiting the beach for the first time, you'll want to take advantage of the opportunity. You can spend time:

  • Hiking on the beach

  • Beachcombing

  • Surfing and swimming if the weather allows

  • Taking photos of the surrounding views

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Wiakiki Beach Camping

The closest campground to Waikiki Beach is Cape Disappointment State Park Campground D.

It's on the southern end of the state park and is only a 5-minute walk from the beach. There are many other options for camping in Cape Disappointment State Park that you might want to explore as well.

Other popular campsites in the area include:

  • Long Beach RV & Camping Resort

  • Fisherman's Cove RV Park

  • Wallicut River RV and Campground Resort

  • Cedar to Surf Campground

There are also lots of options for camping near Long Beach.

Near Waikiki Beach

There are a variety of activities to explore near Waikiki Beach as well. They include:

In nearby Long Beach, you can book a horseback riding lesson and tour with several commonly used companies. This is a great way to see the area if you've never been there before or if you return to Cape Disappointment year after year and are looking for something new to do.

Visiting the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Cape Disappointment is a must-visit for all those who haven't seen it before. It's accessed via the Cape Disappointment Trail and overlooks Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean.


Visiting Fort Canby

Fort Canby is another nearby activity that many who visit Cape Disappoint choose to explore. Previously, the state park was named for the fort (Fort Canby State Park), so it's worth checking out. The fort was named for a general, Edward Canby. It was used until World War II.

Cape Disappointment is often quite busy with people from all over the Pacific Northwest flocking to see this gorgeous state park every summer. If you're tired of the crowds, you can head north about 30 minutes to Leadbetter Point State Park. It's far less crowded and boasts many of the same great views of the Pacific Ocean.

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