Port Angeles Travel Guide

Port Angeles Travel Guide

Located 2.5 hours from Seattle via ferry (or driving around) Port Angeles or ‘PA’ is a coastal community on the North Olympic Peninsula known for great paddling, surfing and access points to Olympic National Park such as Lake Crescent, the Elwha River and Hurricane Ridge. ‘PA’ can be accessed as a day trip or overnight.  Many Seattle area surfers visit for day trips.


Class and paddling locations may include the following depending on conditions:

Salt Creek Rec Area – Also has camping and RVs.

Freshwater Bay Boat Ramp

Lake Crescent 


Travel Directions & Tips

Directions to Port Angeles

Ferries: Take the Kingston, Bainbridge or Bremerton ferries from Seattle.  Or Port Townsend ferry from Whidbey Island (get a reservation).  Use WSDOT to check schedules, real time status, cameras of lines etc. Early is best to avoid lines. Or late at night.  Get the WSDOT app.

Driving There: If you’re coming from the south, take Highway 16 and the Narrows Bridge and head north to Highway 3, then the 104 across Hood Canal Bridge then to the 101 to PA.  Aim for ‘Port Angeles’ on the Olympic Peninsula.


Port Angeles Lodging Options

All Port Angeles Lodging (all area places hotels, camping and VRB/AirBnB)

Downtown Recommendations… Quality Inn Uptown (right above downtown); Red Lion (waterfront); Olympic Lodge (not Nat’l Park).

Lake Crescent Lodge (Olympic Nat’l Park) 20 min from Port Angeles. Cabins and hotel, beautiful spot. * 20 min drive to Salt Creek Rec Area.

AirBNB & VRBO – We’ll be paddling at one or several of these spots: Freshwater Bay, Crescent Beach / Salt Creek Rec Area, Lake Crescent.


Camping & RV Spots

These two are a few minutes apart, both on the Strait of Juan de Fuca by surfing and paddling areas.

Crescent Beach RV/Camping: Private waterfront campground for tents, vans and RV”s. * Right across from Crescent Beach / Salt Creek Rec Area where we be working.

Salt Creek Recreational Area – Great waterfront park with camping, RV and day use. Crescent Beach has great surfing and exploring.


Food in Port Angeles –

Note due to Covid-19 many places are only available for Take-out.  Call each to check their status.

Our favorite spots – Next Door Gastropub; Barhop; The Haven (breakfast); Bella Italia, Sapor, Coyote BBQ.

Coffee / Sandwiches: Blackbird Cafe and Coffeehouse

Food / Services in Joyce, WA

Blackberry Cafe – Sandwiches, burgers and shakes.

Joyce Country Store – Super fun classic place with groceries, gas, hardware, and the biggest candy selection. Worth a visit!


Supplies – Camping, Paddling, Outdoors, Hardware, General

Swain’s – A classic ‘everything’ store with camping, outdoors, hardware, clothing/shoes, kitchen etc… Worth a visit!!

Brown’s Outdoor – Camping, backpacking, clothing.

PA Paddling & Surf Gear: Sound Bikes and Kayaks and Adventures Through Kayaking.  North By Northwest for surf specific gear.

Get last minute paddling and surf gear at the Disco Bay Outdoor Exchange on Hwy 101 at Discovery Bay (just after the Port Townsend cut-off, before Sequim).

In Seattle, Urban Surf and NW Outdoor Center.



Country Aire – Natural food style grocery store, like a Whole Foods. 

Safeway – 2 locations


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