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The 9 Best Oregon Beaches for Families on the Northern Coast!

There are so many beautiful beaches in Northern Oregon. And if you’re looking for the best Oregon Beaches for families, Cannon beach, Hug Point, Short Sand Beach, Seaside Beach and Arcadia Beach are our favorite beaches on the Northern Oregon Coast (all for different reasons). One of our favorite parts of visiting is going to a different beach for sunset and low tide each evening!

Map of Oregon Beaches for kids

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1. Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is one of the most famous Oregon Coast beaches, and for good reason. If you’re looking for Oregon Beaches for kids that have it all, you’ll want to check out Cannon Beach. It has iconic views of Haystack Rock, the happiest dogs on Earth running along the beach, restaurants right near the beach and more. There are many facilities near Cannon Beach which makes bathroom trips or getting food much easier with kids. Campfires are also generally allowed on Cannon Beach. Check for local rules and regulations beforehand!

Bring your beach blanket (we love this one!) or beach chairs for the best beach day ever!

2. Seaside Beach

Just up the road from Cannon Beach is Seaside Beach. Seaside Beach is huge, so no matter how busy the town is, you’ll have room to enjoy your privacy on this beach. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic on the beach. We picked up pizza and set up our beach blanket while we enjoyed the sunset and a beautiful evening meal. Just watch for seagulls trying to steal your food ;)

Tip: The Seaside Beach is right next to the Prom, an over 1.5 mile path along the beach where you can walk or ride bikes. It’s the perfect way to start the day!

3. Hug Point Recreation Area

Hug Point Beach is a great Oregon Coast beach if you’re looking for a little more adventure. You’ll want to check the tide schedule and visit at low tide to get the most out of your experience. If you visit at high tide, you won’t be able to check out the cave or find a secret waterfall!

4. Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach (also sometimes called Neahkahnie Beach) is located at the base of Neahkahnie Mountain. This beach is a great place to go beachcombing for shells and sand dollars. I would also highly recommend stopping at the Neahkahnie Viewpoint for some EPIC views of the coast.

If you also want to help the beaches in this community, pack along a trash bag and pick up any garbage you find from the ocean. Our little ones love to find garbage on the beach and throw it away! So you can have fun and leave the beach better than you found it.

5. Short Sand Beach

Short Sand Beach is a great Oregon Coast Beach with kids IF you are willing to take the 0.5 mile walk through the woods. It’s a beautiful trail that takes you through an old growth forest. There is a seasonal waterfall and you just might have the opportunity to watch surfers here!

If you’re planning a trip to the Northern Oregon Coast – check out our Full Guide to the Northern Oregon Coast with Kids!

6. Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park is a historic military landmark that once guarded the Columbia River. Here you can even find remnants of a shipwreck on the beach. As far as swimming goes, any of the Oregon Coast beaches have pretty chilly water year round. The ocean temperatures generally get to high 50s at the highest point. Kids still seem to love splashing around in the waves! Just make sure to have a warm towel or clothes to warm them up afterwards.

Tip: Fort Stevens State Park also has one of the Nation’s largest public campgrounds. So if you’re looking for a unique place to camp, check it out!

7. Arcadia Beach

Arcadia Beach isn’t really the type of beach for spreading out and relaxing like you might on Cannon Beach or Seaside Beach. However, this is another great beach that you can have a little adventure on if you’re looking to change it up. We enjoyed an incredible sunset on this beach with some beautiful rock formations. It has a little bit more of a private feel as well.

8. Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is one of the best Oregon Coast Beaches for families with seven miles of uninterrupted beach. You can also see the iconic Twin Rocks which is an Oregon Coast landmark made of 20-30 million year old sandstone. Staying in Rockaway Beach will give you easy access to Cape Meares and the Octopus Tree, the Tillamook Factory, and so much more.

9. Sunset Beach State Recreational Site

Sunset Beach State Recreational Site is located about 20 minutes from Astoria and provides views as far as Cape Disappointment to the North and Ecola State Park to the South. This park marks the west trailhead of the Fort-to-Sea trail (6.5 miles one way) which is the historical route of Lewis and Clark as they walked along the Pacific Ocean.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Northern Oregon Coast! These are the absolute best Oregon Beaches for families, but there are so many fun places to explore all around. Leave us a comment with which beach was your favorite.

And if you’re looking for other resources to help you plan your Oregon Coast family vacation, check out some of our other posts!

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