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Your Guide to the Best Oregon Coast Beaches

14 Jan 2018
Oregon Coast

When daydreams of sandy beaches and sparkling blue water begin to enter your mind, it may be time for a healthy dose of vitamin sea. With scenic viewpoints, gorgeous stretches of sand, and great surf, the Oregon Coast is the ideal choice for your next beach vacation. From renowned destinations to the best-kept-secrets, we’ve put together a list of the best Oregon Coast beaches. Check it out and start planning your next trip to paradise!

If you plan to visit these Oregon Coast beaches, you’ll want to check out the local shopping and world-class restaurants in the area. Be sure to request our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of area attractions. It’s full of information about the best things to see and do on the Oregon Coast!

Top 15 Oregon Coast Beaches

We have combed through the area beaches and hand-selected only the best to recommend to you. Whether you are interested in surfing, exploring, or simply relaxing, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best Oregon beach towns.

1. Lincoln City

With seven miles of pristine beaches, Lincoln City has been a long-time favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Take a morning stroll along the quiet shoreline at Roads End, or enjoy an afternoon dip in the ocean. There are several beach access points in Lincoln City, and many of them are just minutes from the best restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for glass treasures along the shoreline. Between October and May, you may find (and keep) beautiful glass floats that are hidden along the stretch of beach between Roads End and Siletz Bay.

2. Lincoln Beach

Lincoln Beach is located just south of Lincoln City. From the sandy shores of Gleneden Beach to the rockier coastline around Fishing Rock, the terrain is both varied and breathtaking. If you are looking to escape the crowds, the quiet residential community of Gleneden Beach may be the ideal destination for you. If you are planning a romantic getaway or a family beach vacation, Bella Beach is another great option. This private neighborhood offers direct access to a pristine beach and is just a stone’s throw from Depoe Bay.

3. Beverly Beach

Are you looking to shred some waves? You’re in luck! The Oregon Coast is a renowned surfing destination, and Beverly Beach is one of the best places to catch some waves. With its sheltered cove, Otter Rock Beach is a great spot for beginners and longboarders. After a fun day on the water, head over to the south end of Beverly Beach to tour historic Yaquina Head. It’s Oregon tallest lighthouse!

4. Cannon Beach

Named by National Geographic as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world, this is one stop you definitely won’t want to miss. Cannon Beach is home to 9 miles of sandy shoreline, renowned Haystack Rock, and The Needles, which are two narrow sea stacks. Lined by state parks, art galleries, fine dining options, and the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, this charming beach town offers a casual yet upscale vibe.

5. Manzanita Beach

With 7 miles of immaculate beaches, Manzanita Oregon Beach is the coastal retreat that you’ve been dreaming about. Lounge on the beach and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and Neahkahnie Mountain. Or, get out and explore miles of scenic hiking trails at nearby Nehalem Bay State Park. This small beach town is 25 miles south of Seaside and 25 miles north of Tillamook.

6. Neskowin Beach

There’s a very good reason that Neskowin Beach has been attracting families for generations. If you are searching for a quaint yet classic beach town, keep this destination at the top of your list! This quiet community offers a secluded location that is just minutes from the main attractions. Filled with natural beauty and protected habitats, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to relax and reconnect with family during your stay. While you’re there, make sure to check out Proposal Rock Beach and the Neskowin Ghost Forest.

7. Seaside  

For hundreds of years, beach-goers and adventure-seekers have been drawn to the beautiful shores of Seaside. Seaside, Oregon beaches are a prime destination for beachcombing and bird-watching. You’ll also find some of the best surfing conditions in the entire Northwest. Look for seashells, catch some waves, or simply sink your toes into the sand and chill. When you are ready to take a break from the surf and sun, spend an afternoon browsing through the shops and restaurants along the Seaside Promenade.  

Just north of Seaside, Gearhart is a smaller beach town with a low-key feel. On any given day, you’ll find visitors and locals walking along the beach, enjoying an afternoon bike ride, or playing a round of golf or tennis. It’s a great option for guests who would like to experience beautiful beaches in a casual atmosphere.

8. Newport

Situated between the Coastal Mountains and Yaquina Bay, Newport is home to a wide array of beaches, a pair of beautiful lighthouses, and endless shops and restaurants. Located off the beaten path, Nye Beach is one of our favorite Newport, Oregon beaches. Whether you are interested in browsing through the local art galleries, enjoying fresh-caught seafood, or lounging on the beach, the options are endless!

9. Depoe Bay

If you are interested in fishing or whale watching while on vacation, then you must plan a visit to Depoe Bay. Known as the Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast, Depoe Bay is one of the most famous destinations in the area. There are many gorgeous beaches, oceanfront restaurants and shops, and observation points throughout this scenic beach town. You can even take a charter boat out into the ocean to get a closer look at the magnificent grey whales. Don’t forget to bring your camera!  

10. Pacific City

With breathtaking landscapes and endless activities, Pacific City is the perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts. This small but upscale town is filled with natural beauty, and you can enjoy incredible views of the sand dunes, tide pools, and Haystack Rock. Pacific City beaches are also a prime destination for surfing. After a fun day in paradise, stop into one of the local seafood restaurants or grab some drinks at Pelican Pub.

11.  Waldport

From boating and fishing to crabbing and wildlife viewing, Waldport has everything you need for a memorable beach vacation. Spend the day golfing at Crestview Golf Course, kayaking through one of the scenic bays, or relaxing on the beach with a good book. Located just 5 miles north of Waldport, Seal Rock offers secluded beaches and gorgeous tide pools - perfect for a romantic walk along the coastline. When you visit, you are likely to spot dozens of seals and sea lions!

12. Arch Cape

Nestled between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, Arch Cape offers a long stretch of shoreline that is a unique mix of sand, natural rock, and cobblestone rock. Enjoy the wild surf at Oswald West State Park, soak up the sun, or look for the hidden waterfall at Hug Point State Recreation Site. Arch Cape is just a short drive from many of the other Oregon Coast beach towns.

13. Oceanside

With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Three Arch Rocks, Oceanside is a Oregon Coast paradise like no other. Tunnel Beach, Agate Beach, and Short Beach are all destinations to add to your itinerary if you are planning to stay in this charming beach town. We also recommend stopping into Roseanna’s Cafe for some of the most delicious seafood you will ever taste.

14. Rockaway Beach

As soon as you sink your toes into the pristine sand at Rockaway Beach, all of your worries will drift away. Located where the mountains meet the sea, Rockaway Beach boasts 7 miles of sandy shoreline and over 20 beach access points. It’s also a great spot for hiking, fishing, bird-watching, and exploring.

15. South Beach

Last, but definitely not least, South Beach offers a convenient location and a plethora of water sports. The South Beach jetty is a great spot for fishing, clamming, surfing, scuba diving, and even windsurfing. South Beach is also home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, while Newport is just a short drive away.

Plan Your Oregon Coast Beach Vacation With Meredith Lodging

Now that you know where to find the best Oregon Coast beaches, it’s time to start planning your next vacation! If you would like to experience all that our area has to offer, we invite you to stay with Meredith Lodging. We offer an exclusive collection of luxury vacation rentals along the Oregon Coast. From cozy beach condos to spacious oceanfront retreats, we can help match you to your perfect home-away-from-home.

Each of our accommodations features top-of-the-line amenities, and they are located near the best beaches, restaurants, and attractions. We even have pet-friendly options for those who are traveling with their four-legged friends! No matter which of our lodging options you choose, we guarantee that your vacation will be one for the books. Make sure to take advantage of our current specials, and contact us at 800-224-7660 to book your stay. We can’t wait to welcome you!