The beach may not be the first thing you associate with Oregon, but the state’s coast is simply beautiful. There are plenty of places to catch some rays that are perfect for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventure with friends!

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

This shoreline is most well-known for Haystack Rock, a jagged outcropping which is a sight to behold alongside the water. The surrounding town is also famous for its numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Try to visit during the summer months, when you can sneak a peak at a colony of tufted puffin birds that make their home on Haystack Rock.

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Samuel Boardman State Park

Small beaches are interspersed with rocky coastline in this state park that spans 12 miles. Feeling adventurous? Go for a swim under the Arch Rock, or explore the Oregon Coast Trail by foot, as you pass by the sitka spruce trees on one of several easy hiking trails.

Oswald West State Park

Short Sand Beach

Not too far from Cannon Beach, Short Sand Beach in Oswald West is a popular spot for surfers. Even if you’re not catching waves, those looking for some R&R will appreciate the secluded quality of the beach; you need to walk 15 minutes through the woods to access it. There are also miles of Oregon Coast Trail to make your way through.

Pacific City

Pacific City Oregon Beach

You’ll find plenty of treasures along the beach here if you look hard enough … everything from sand dollars to hermit crabs. Along with sunbathing, biking, bird watching, and horseback riding are popular pastimes. You can also bring your 4×4 vehicle onto the beach and dunes! If you plan on staying a while, there are several campgrounds in the area as well.

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach

There are more than 30 places to access the seven-mile stretch of sand here. Not only can you work on your tan, but beach combing, kite-flying, and even whale-watching are popular activities! The area has historic charm, to boot: Rockaway Beach was considered one of the premier vacation destinations for families in the 1920s, and trains transported them to the beach before highways were constructed.