South Beach in Washington

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South Beach

South Beach is a vast stretch of wave polished pebbles and driftwood. Looking south over the Strait of Juan de Fuca it is near other parks at the southern tip of San Juan Island. Read More

  • Have a barbecue and meet the locals who are probably at the next pit over. 
  • Explore this huge beach, which is also near other parks and beaches. 
  • Hike to small coves, or Cattle Point Lighthouse. 
  • The view across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains in stunning all year long. 
  • Keep an eye out for rabbits, foxes and if you’re really lucky passing whales.

What can I see and do at South Beach?

South beach is a popular place for barbecues and low-key parties. The nearly endless stretch of beach is great for walking, throwing sticks for your water dog, or just finding your own spot to picnic and look across at the Olympic Mountains. 

  • Barbecue pits near the parking area are great for kid or adult get-togethers, be aware on windy days there is very little protection. 
  • Hike west along rocky bluffs to sandy Granny’s Cove or east all the way to Cattle Point Lighthouse. 
  • The open prairie that meets the beach is home to lots of bunnies, and foxes, which leads to some exciting chase scenes. 
  • See one of the elaborate driftwood structures that local kids build here and which the rangers promptly tear down.

Where is South Beach?

From downtown Friday Harbor head out of town on Mullis Road, which will become Cattle Point Road. Stay on Cattle Point for about 7 miles and then take a right on Picketts Lane, which will lead you right down to the beach.

When is South Beach open?

South Beach is a day-use area and is open all year long. The Park Rangers are serious about people leaving once it gets dark, which is around 10:00pm in mid summer. During the winter the Rangers are slightly less strict due to fewer full on beach parties.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

If you have any questions the friendly park staff at San Juan County Parks will help you. 360-378-8420.