10 best places to watch storms on the West Coast

Pineapple Express. Arctic blast. Storms that sound like exotic cocktails bash the beautiful Pacific Rim from Canada to California. If high-wind warnings and flood alerts are music to your ears, here are 10 places to cozy up in a seaside room or park by the shore and enjoy the fury before whale-watching season begins.

Text by Candace Dempsey | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Mar 7, 2014 1:47AM
Depoe Bay is a great place to storm watch. The rocky cliffs make it perfect! It is my favorite place to storm watch!
Mar 3, 2013 2:01PM
My wife and I stayed at Inn at Discovery Coast in Long Beach, WA, now that is the place to go! It is real close to all the good stuff and right on the beach, Cool!
Feb 28, 2013 12:32PM
Fort,Bragg California has some of the most amazing surf when the storms move in ,And what a view for a sunset  ( hellonwheels) .
Feb 27, 2013 1:07PM

There is no place more beautiful than the ocean beaches, storm watching is fabulous, beach combing after a storm might yield you some real treasures!  I've lived & worked in Long Beach, Washington, we go there 2 or 3 times a year for the fresh air, to watch & hear the breakers coming in.  West Port is also great!  Been there when the waves were breaking over the rocks, scary but fascinating!  The Oregon Coast is our favorite place to go,  it's beauty just can't be paralled to anyplace else!  The Pacific Northwest is the greatest!  I've left the Northwest many times & always "come back home."  If we could have found a home to buy we would have moved to the ocean last fall, but moved to the Olympic Peninsula, very close to the Straits of Juan De Fuca. 

 If you've never been to the beach during a storm, it's a real experience.  Go do it!  Enjoy a storm over dinner & glas of wine in one fo the many waterfront restaurants, or a nice motel on the beach cuddled up in front of a nice fire watching a storm.  What a memorable trip!! 

  Signed:  Mugwumps 

Feb 27, 2013 1:13AM

I have been there and done all of that. Nothing like the beauty of the NW or west coast! It always tells you it's in control!

Feb 27, 2013 12:59AM
the Quileute "ONCE" plied these turbulent waters??!!!???!!!  they still do to this day among many coastal tribes, This summer for the annual ceremonial canoe journey, the "paddle to Quinault" is passing right through here.
Feb 27, 2013 12:20AM

Do believe documentation is available that confirms

Shore Acres on Cape Arago is credited with having

one of the wildest coast areas especially during a

winter storm.

Feb 26, 2013 11:27PM
Aces123123 you obviously know NOTHING about the West Coast, so why would you even make a comment?? We don't have hurricanes out here,like Katrina,etc. We have storms, that are actually beautiful and amazing to watch from a beach front restaurant, as you are eating your dinner in front of a plate glass window. NOT dangerous at all or put anyone at risk in any way,shape or form! lol  your missing out on something very beautiful, by being so close minded... just sayin'
Feb 26, 2013 11:03PM
Sheeple Alert / Warning...MSN & MSM is now advising American citizens where to View / Wine & Dine during storms?

As if Katrina, Rita, Etal weren't bad enough we now start naming Winter storms as well as advising Americans to go watch these storms from vantage points that most certainly will put US at risk?

Shame on YOU MSN/MSM/Paid Sheeple
Feb 26, 2013 11:01PM
Beautiful article and pictures...but.. .you completely left out Half Moon Bay at Westport, WA.  If you have ever been there during a high tide winter storm, you'd never forget it. The spray and sometimes the waves come right  over your head as you stand on the jetty rocks. Many times there are huge timbers being washed into the rocks over and over. It magnifies natures' power at her best!!   I've been to Tofino, Neah Bay, Ocean Shores, Long Beach and Cannon Beach.  The Half Moon Bay Jetty has more ferocity; you had better hold on or be blown over.
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