With gas being so high, it's great to get away to a beach that's only an hour's drive away or LESS! When people in Yakima talk about driving down to the beach, typically that means they are heading to somewhere near Ocean Shores along the Washington coast. Don't get me wrong, it is GORGEOUS and relaxing at Ocean Shores but let's face it, these gas prices are too dang high! I know I wouldn't be excited to plan a beach trip that's over 5 hours away; the fuel bill alone would be about the same price as a night's stay in a hotel or Airbnb!

Even if you just make a day trip out of it, it will still be worth the short drive and easier on your wallet than heading to a beach or island on the Washington coast! How about we think of jetting off to a beach that is way closer to Yakima yet still makes you feel like you're on a beachy getaway! An added bonus about going to one of these 5 closest beaches near Yakima is that they likely won't be as crowded as say, Ocean Shores, Alki Beach, or Lake Chelan!

These 5 Closest Beaches Are An Hour or Less Away from Yakima

1. Speelyi Beach
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Vacationing at this beachy spot on Lake Cle Elum will make you feel shielded away from the worries of life. It can get a little bit crowded depending on the time of day you go, so be prepared for some summertime crowds on the weekends.

Speelyi Beach on Lake Cle Elum
Jennifer Thomas via YouTube

2. Silver Beach Resort
40350 US-12, Naches, WA 98937

Literally less than an hour's drive away from Yakima is where you can find Silver Beach Resort! It doesn't get much prettier than the natural beauty of Rimrock Lake in Naches, Washington! Worth the drive for sure! You can kayak on the lake or go tubing near the shores.

Silver Beach Resort in Naches WA
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3. Sand Hollow Campground
11094 WA-243, Beverly, WA 99321

Combine camping with a little beach of the beach life. It's not as big of a beach as some of the others on the list but it's the little beach that could!

Sand Hollow State Park
Google Maps
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4. Wanapum State Park
Vantage, WA 98950

Located in Cle Elum, you would never have guessed there is a pretty little beach area tucked away in this small town. It's about 1 hour away from Yakima.

Wanapum State Park
Google Maps

5. Lake Easton State Park
150 Lake Easton State Park Rd, Easton, WA 98925

This is my favorite beach that is near Yakima! The scenery is so calming. The kids can have fun playing in the sand and skipping pebbles in the water and the grown ups can sit on a beach lawn chair and catch up on their lives with some great gossip and other conversation. Bliss!

Kayaking on Lake Easton
Pellykin via YouTube

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