With over 360 miles of Pacific coastline, the beaches in Oregon are many in number as well as in variety. They are some of the best beaches you will find anywhere in the world.
Whether you enjoy wild waves for some of the best surfing, or gentle water where even the youngest are safe while playing in the warm ocean or anything in between, you will be sure to find it here.
Some are surrounded with beautiful pine forests while others have sand dunes to explore and still other have amazing rocky cliffs that the waves crash into. Whatever type of beach vacation you have in mind, you are sure to find it in the great state of Oregon.
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The 16 Best Beaches in Oregon
1. Agate Beach
Agate Beach got it’s name from the semiprecious gemstones that often wash up on shore. Strolling along the beach looking for not only these beautiful, clear quartz stones but other treasures such as razor clams is a favorite pastime.
In the town of Newport where this beach is located is the famous Oregon Coast Aquarium, which you will certainly want to visit while here.
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2. Indian Beach
Indian Beach is part of Ecola State Park, and is famous because the explorers Lewis and Clark first saw the Pacific Ocean at this spot, after their trek across the country.
This is also one of the beaches in Oregon that surfers love. It is also one that is surrounded by hills that are covered in pine trees that lend to the magnificent scenery.
Snorkelers and swimmers also enjoy it here because there are many tide pools where you can discover some amazing sea creatures.
3. Lincoln Beach
Lincoln Beach is not only one of the more magnificent beaches in Oregon, but it is an art lovers dream. Many artisans live in the area, and the city caters to this crowd.
Annually they local officials drop thousands of colored glass balls into the water. These balls float in to shore and if you are lucky enough to find one, you can win a prize. Whale watching is at a prime here, and if you see one of these giants, your life will be changed forever.
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4. Harris Beach
Harris Beach, like a wide majority of Oregon beaches, is a state park so is kept in pristine condition. It is a spectacular beach that overlooks Goat Island, the largest island in the state of Oregon and a National Wildlife Refuge.
It is an amazing place to relax and unwind while watching a beautiful sunset after a full day of playing in the water.\
5. Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach is best known for Haystack Rock, which is a spectacular anomaly as it is an huge rock basically that stands just offshore and towers up to 235 high.
When the tide is low, you can actually walk around the base and explore the tide pools to see what amazing creatures have appeared. Anemones, starfish as so much more will delight and amaze you.
When the tide is in, floating or swimming around the rock gives you an inspiring look at this wonderful piece of nature. The soft white sand is an ideal place to sunbathe when not playing in the water.
6. Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area is a very magical place to visit in Oregon. Huge crashing waves create great spouts of water when the tide is in. When the tide goes out, it reveals a bowl that you can walk out in to and explore.
The waves are known as the Devil that gives rise to the name. Whales are often seen here as well, which really makes this one of the most popular beaches in Oregon.
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7. Nye Beach
Nye Beach is a beautiful beach that is longer than many other beaches in Oregon. It is much quieter as well, and at certain times you may find very few other visitors here.
The quaint little town is full of cute shops, art galleries, restaurants and pubs that are fantastic to visit. It is a perfect place to wander through and get your souvenirs after a full day of playing in the warm ocean water.
8. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is near Pacific City, and is one of the beaches in Oregon that is surrounded by sand dunes. In fact, the dunes are so large that people “sand surf” on them.
When you are strolling along the beach, don’t be surprised when you find some nice sand dollars amongst the other seashells you find.
There is an awesome arch feature on one side of the beach, and the very popular Pelican Brewery also sits right on the beach. Such a great place to play and relax with a good brew in hand while watching a spectacular sunset.
9. Manzanita Beach
Manzanita Beach and the quaint little village of Manzanita is a wonderful place to visit in Oregon that is a little off the beaten path. It is a very quiet beach that has less people than many others.
It is one of the few “dog friendly” beaches in Oregon and is a very clean beach where families can have some real quality time. The town is a great place to get some tasty food and pick up some supplies and souvenirs.
The friendly locals are a delight to visit with.
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10. Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park is a fantastic place to stay in Oregon if you love to camp. There is a campground right next to the beach with fire pits and picnic tables.
Spend your days playing in the ocean while having all of your conveniences of “home” right there. When not out on the water, you will want to hike the trail that takes you to the lighthouse.
You can climb to the top of the lighthouse, where you will get a spectacular view out over the ocean. You might even spot some whales or other amazing sea life. It is approximately 5 miles through some cool forest that is beautiful. It is well worth the effort!
11. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has some of the biggest and most amazing sand dunes you could imagine. They are so much fun to play in, and breathtaking just to see.
Then you get to the beach where you can cool off and really enjoy the ocean. It is very seldom crowded, and often there is only a couple of other people here.
The Snowy Plover uses this area for its nesting grounds, so there are some restrictions during their nesting season, but that makes it so much more fun as you may be able to see nature at its finest with these birds.
12. Rockaway Beach Wayside
Rockaway Beach Wayside is a 7 mile long beach that is one of the most beautiful beaches in Oregon. It may even rank right at the top of any in the world.
With easy access and full facilities, this is the perfect beach to bring the whole family. It is also long enough that you can find many areas that are very quiet and peaceful.
There are shops and food vendors right along the beach as well, so you will have everything you need to make it a perfect day of playing in the ocean. Relaxing in the warm sand with drink in hand while watching a magnificent sunset is the perfect way to end your day.
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13. Roads End State Recreation Site
Roads End State Recreation Site is a very long stretch of beach that is fantastic to walk or jog on. The soft sand is very pleasant to the touch, and many locals come here for their morning workouts or to just enjoy a fantastic day or water-sports. At one end of the beach is a rocky area where you can climb on the rocks for an even better seascape view.
The waves crashing onto these rocks creates a great, misty and mysterious aura. Or you can venture a bit closer and get sprayed by the waves.
Surfing, kite surfing and many other water-sports are enjoyed here, as well as sunbathing or whatever you enjoy most. There is a hiking trail that will take you up to God’s Thumb, which is also a great place to see in Oregon.
14. Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area
Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area is a long, somewhat secluded beach that has something to offer everyone. There are the pristine, wide sandy areas where you can play volleyball or sunbathe. There are rocky outcroppings to explore, and when the tide is out you can walk around the rocks looking for the tiny creatures or seashells that are left behind.
Plenty of shade structures help stave off the heat when yo aren’t out in the ocean enjoying your favorite water sport. The view is one of the most amazing ones you will ever see, especially as the sun begins to set.
A romantic stroll along this beach and looking for seashells is the most ideal way to spend your day.
15. Heceta Beach
Heceta Beach is another one of the Oregon beaches that are surrounded by sand dunes. It is also one of those that are dog-friendly. Dogs and kids alike love to play on the dunes as well as in the water.
It is a very clean beach with large tidal pools that are fantastic to explore. The tiny sea creatures you will discover here are amazing. The scenery along this quiet beach is fantastic, so don’t forget your camera!
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16. Lone Ranch Beach
Lone Ranch Beach yet another one of the beautiful beaches in Oregon. It is further north along the famous Highway 101, and is perhaps one of the more secluded beaches in the state. Often times there are few, if any, people here even though there is plenty of reasons to visit. Not only is there the soft, clean sand to stroll along and play in, there are rocks to climb and explore.
The spray of the wave while on the rocks adds to the fun. Tidal pools abound that hold some great mysteries to discover. You will find picnic tables here too, so you can enjoy your picnics without having sand in your food. The seascape views from here and the nearby town of Brookings are breathtaking.
All in all, Oregon beaches compare to some of the best beaches in the world. Most all of them have easy access as you travel along the coastal highway.
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Tours in Oregon to try:
Drive the scenic Columbia River Highway on a 3.5-hour tour to some of the beautiful waterfalls, and visit sites such as the Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls and Horse Tail Falls. BOOK NOW!
The Nugget Falls half-day is the most exciting single day trip on the Rogue River. You will raft through numerous class III rapids, before culminating in two thrilling Class IV cascades, a thrilling addition to any trip to Southern Oregon. BOOK NOW!
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