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From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you

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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Patos Island, WA
Thomas J. Story

Patos Island, WA

Patos Island is the San Juan you haven’t heard of—probably because the only way to get there is to charter a boat to its unnamed beaches and seven campsites. Walk the 1.5-mile forested loop trail, check out the tidepools, pick blackberries, or just relax on a bluff. Most magical moment? Watching harbor porpoises feed just past the lighthouse.

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