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All About Alki Beach (West Seattle)

Located just across Elliot Bay from downtown Seattle, Alki boasts a mile long sandy public beach rivaling the best volleyball beaches of Southern California. With a three-mile promenade stretching all the way around Duwamish head on Elliot Bay to nearly Alki Point, this area is highly favored by locals for running, biking, kayaking, swimming, sun bathing and eating. About a dozen restaurants, coffee shops and a cute little boutique reside just across the street from the beach. You can find a flurry of activity here at the little cafes even in the worst of weather. However, lodging is almost non-existent--but downtown hotels are just across the bay. In the summer months a small passenger only ferry (Elliott Bay Water Taxi) shuttles visitors and residents alike across the bay from the Seacrest dock in West Seattle to pier 55 in downtown Seattle for a nominal fee. The ferry runs from April 29th to September 30th and operates seven days a week.

Alki beach is noted to be where Seattle first began in the early 1800's before the sawmills and port was established on the eastern side of Elliot Bay. Some say that on a cold winter's evening, you can still hear the ghosts howl from one the worst maritime collisions on Puget Sound--out off the shores of Alki some 42 people perishing in 1906 when the commuter steamer Dix collided with an inbound steamer from Alaska.

Beach fires are allowed here and on cool summer evenings, it's common to find passerbys becoming acquainted in the warm glow in the sands. Alki is a great place to see the sunset or watch the torrent of waves during a winter storm.

Community Links:

West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Alki News (Alki Community Council)

Alki Volleyball Association

West Seattle Community Newspaper

West Seattle Blog