Top 13 Oregon Beaches

  • Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach
    © Stacey Andrew McClain

    Look for Cannon Beach on a map of Oregon and you'll find its not only the name of a stunning stretch of west coast shoreline, but also a city in Clatsop County. Named one of the world's most beautiful places by none other than National Geographic (and they should know), Cannon Beach also featured in the last scene of the 1991 cult classic Point Break.

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  • Bandon Beach

    Bandon Beach
    © Andrew Soundarajan / iStock

    Bandon Beach is a wide and wild public beach. Its sands form a relatively flat surface as they head towards the Pacific, making them suitable for all sorts of games, from beach football to tag. Commonly referred to as Bandon State Natural Area, the beach is probably best known for its sea stacks - thin slivers of rock that rise majestically out of the surf… read more »

  • Ariya's Beach

    Ariya's Beach

    Ariya's Beach is located in Oregon's Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, an area of protected land named after the state's first superintendent of parks. A wide and secluded expanse of clean sands, you'll find few rocks on which to accidentally tread on. However, the main attraction is the sea stacks immediately offshore, which certainly add to the majesty of the Pacific Ocean at this… read more »

  • Collins Beach

    Collins Beach
    © Just Me BN

    Collins Beach is a rare thing - not an ocean beach but a river one. It is located on the eastern side of Sauvie Island, on the border between Oregon and Washington state, with sands that disappear beneath the waters of the Columbia River.

    Approximately 1.5 kilometres in length, it is also worth noting that Collins Beach is in part a clothing optional beach, one of… read more »

  • Crescent Beach

    Crescent Beach
    © rFonz

    Crescent Beach is a secluded beach within Ecola State Park. Located between Ecola and Chapman Points, its wide dark sands are reached via the 3.2-kilometre Crescent Beach Trail. Along the way, you'll encounter a small waterfall, and also the possibility of elk. The beach itself is known to be used by populations of seals and sealions, while migrating gray and killer whales can sometimes be… read more »

  • Harris Beach

    Harris Beach
    © Bonnie Moreland

    Appropriately, Harris Beach is located within Harris Beach State Park, on Oregon's rugged southern coastline. It is just off the coastal Highway 101, north of the town of Brookings. Backed by verdant hills, this relatively quiet sand beach stretches for several hundred metres. Also relatively wide, a small gentle stream flows into the Pacific Ocean here, making it an attractive place for young children to… read more »

  • Lone Ranch Beach

    Lone Ranch Beach
    Joe Mabel

    Lone Ranch Beach lies roughly ten kilometres north of Brookings in southern Oregon, and is part of the Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor. A fantastic area of coastline for nature lovers and those seeking a little tranquillity, the sea stacks here are a favourite with photographers too.

    When it comes to food, its best to bring a picnic, and then take advantage of the picnic… read more »

  • Moolack Beach

    Moolack Beach
    Jonathan Mueller

    Moolack Beach lies approximately four miles north of Newport, Lincoln County. Entirely undeveloped, it then stretches for a further five miles of sand, although the beach's width and evenness is highly variable, since the sand is built up and then taken away naturally over the seasons.

    Taking its unusual name from the word for elk in the Chinook Jargon native American language, it is bounded by… read more »

  • Nye Beach

    Nye Beach

    Nye Beach is located within the bounds of the city of Newport, Lincoln County, within a district sharing its name. As a result, there are plenty of places to eat, stay, shop, and even rent sports equipment including surf boards.

    Nye Beach attracts a diverse crowd. As well as surfers, a fair number of beachcombers and tidal pool enthusiasts also visit. Swimming is not uncommon, especially… read more »

  • Pacific City Beach

    Pacific City Beach
    Loren Kerns

    Pacific City Beach is a hugely diverse landscape, though the attention of most people will fall immediately on the its wide expanse of gently undulating sand.

    At its southern extreme is a spit of land created by the Big Nestucca River entering the Pacific Ocean which attracts everything from herons to puffins, making the beach popular with bird watchers. Seals, sea lions, otters, and porpoises can… read more »

  • Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach
    Paul Hamilton

    Rockaway Beach lies on Oregon's north Pacific coast close to Portland. And while the PR agencies have coined the phrase "where the mountains meet the sea" to describe it, we're far more interested with the almost white sands that seem to stretch for eternity here.

    Measure them, and they come out at a mere seven miles, which unsurprisingly means the beach remains uncrowded despite the fact… read more »

  • Short Sand Beach

    Short Sand Beach
    Ryan Harvey

    A two-hour drive from Portland, Short Sand Beach is anything but short, running in a continuous ribbon of sand for somewhere over four miles. Located within Oswald West State Park, it's popular with both surfers and body boarders, who call it Shorty's. They come for the shorebreak off Smuggler's Cove, which protected by jutting arms of the surrounding cliffs, offers relatively consistent waves throughout the… read more »

  • Stonefield Beach

    Stonefield Beach

    Close to Newport, Stonefield Beach is as wild and undeveloped as Oregon beaches get. Cared for by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, it is a quiet beach that runs for just a couple of hundred yards or so before being bounded by Ten Mile Creek.

    The sand of Stonefield Beach is broken up by eruptions of natural rock – ancient lava flows some 40… read more »