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Westport — a working marina

<p>Surfers play in the waves at the Westhaven State Park jetty.</p>

Surfers play in the waves at the Westhaven State Park jetty.

Commercial fishing vessels are moored at the Westport marina.          Buy Photo
Commercial fishing vessels are moored at the Westport marina.

Westport

Pop. 2,099

Named 1890, incorporated 1914

Westport is a working marina community on the Washington coast with plenty of recreational opportunities for visitors. If your heart is set on taking to the waters and fish on the open sea, you will find it in Westport. If you rather take to the surf and ride a wave, you will find it in Westport. If you would rather tell your kids to, “Go fly a Kite,” you will find it in Westport.

The tip of South Beach is just the start for the many: Fresh seafood markets, strolls on the jetties, beachcombing, bird watching, take in a whale watching tour and if your timing is right you just may see a pirate or two during the Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze in June.

There is a viewing tower near the end of the peninsula, and Washington’s tallest lighthouse. Tours of the tower are offered by the Westport Maritime Museum for $5 per person. The tower is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from April through September. During October, November, February and March, the lighthouse is open Friday through Monday from noon until 4 p.m.