Top 10 Best Oregon Beaches

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is one of Portland's closest beaches. This gorgeous, wide-open beach is a must-see for west coast visitors.

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach is the showpiece of a seaside community. Seven kilometers of white sand make it feel intimate. Seven kilometers means sunset beach walks.

Cape Kiwanda SNA

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area outshine Oregon's numerous capes. Sandstone replaces the Oregon Coast's sturdy cliffs, letting nature express itself.

Short Sand Beach

Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park is stunning. Flat, sunlit water is present on calm days. Headlands rise on either end. Smooth rock becomes towering green pines.

Nye Beach

Seaside Beach is one of the best beaches and vacation spots. The hamlet is 90 minutes northwest of Portland and popular with families and beach bums seeking cheap vacations.

Indian Beach

Indian Beach is close to Portland and popular among locals. Arrive early for a beachfront position. For beach hikers, coastal pathways are great after a swim and a scramble up the stacks.

Cape Cove's Heceta Beach

Heceta Beach, a craggy Oregon cove, is 1,000 feet long. Cape Creek and Heceta Head bookend the crescent beach, but its granite stacks will keep you focused on the ocean. Gulls, cormorants, and murre soar above the sea. Cape Cove is rough, yet its remoteness makes it peaceful.

Lone Ranch Beach

Lone Ranch Beach, near the southern end of the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, seamlessly blends bright nature with a picture-perfect beach. The picnic place is on the trail from the parking park to the sea.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is popular among photographers and beachgoers for Haystack Rock. The 235-foot monolith splits the water. The Pacific waves crash against many smaller stacks.

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