Last weekend I had the chance to visit a Washington destination I’ve never visited before, Rosario Beach. Described as a hidden treasure of the Deception Pass State Park, Rosario Beach offers Washington beach goers a protected cove with smooth rocky beaches and gentle sloping banks. The beach is unique in the sense it’s great for families and children of all ages because of the sloping beach and shallow clean waters. Kids can run and play to their hearts content all in watchful eye of the parents. Personally, I want to go swimming/snorkeling/scuba diving from the beach – Yes, I am a true Washingtonian – because the water is so clear and the beach is easy to traverse.
As an added bonus to the beauty of Rosario Beach, there are volunteers on hand to teach youngsters and parents alike the wonders of the Puget Sound‘s habitat and animal life. The tidal pools offer a close up view of hermit crabs, small rock crabs, fish, and so much more. Take some time to talk to the volunteers as they will welcome the opportunity to share the wonders of the Puget Sound.
Parking is a cinch but does require a Discover Pass; good for all Washington State Parks. From the parking lot, it is a short walk to the beach in case you have to do multiple trips for the family’s gear and the upper part of the park has picnic tables, a covered area with picnic tables, and free standing barbeques to accommodate all your hunger needs.
Pictures of Rosario Beach
*Pictures taken with a Droid X
Driving Direction to Rosario Beach
From North I-5, take Highway 20 west towards Anancortes and follow the signs for Deception Pass/Whidbey Island, then take a right onto Rosario Rd.