Oregon coast beaches within one hour of Oceanside

Oceanside State Park

Oceanside, Oregon

If you are looking to skip the shopping bustle and vibrant nightlife and simply enjoy Oregon coast beaches, you should give Oceanside a try. With amazing state parks, estuaries, bays, and countless secluded, sandy beaches, this section of the Oregon coast is the perfect nature-based getaway. A peaceful little town on the northern Oregon coast, Oceanside offers rest and rejuvenation for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike. These are some of our favorite unique beaches within a short drive of Oceanside for a chance to get off the beaten path. If you are looking for a place to stay, check out Three Arch Inn in Oceanside. The perfect coastal lodging destination when traveling to the northern Oregon coast. Oceanside is built upon a steep hillside and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Looking to catch the sunset and enjoy a nice picnic? Oceanside beach is just the right spot with the gorgeous view of Three Arch Rocks rising out of the ocean. Home to sea lions and many types of birds, Three Arch Rocks makes for a great spot to go sea kayaking. Once you are out past the break there is nothing to do but appreciate the magnitude of the rocks. Keep an eye out for a tunnel that you can walk through on certain low tides, leading to another short, quiet beach to explore.

To the South

Netarts Bay Sea Lions lounging on a sandbar at Netarts Bay, Image by Sea Star Photos


Just around the corner from Oceanside and slightly south is Netarts Bay. The Bay is a great spot to get in some clamming or crabbing. Make sure that you go at low tide or you may not have much luck. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxed spot to get in some kayaking Netarts Bay is the perfect location to get out on the water and unwind.

Crabbing Crabbing at Netarts Bay

Cape Lookout

Located on a sand spit just north of Cape Kiwanda are the amazing hiking trails at Cape Lookout. Between Netarts Bay and the ocean, this scenic spot offers a terrific view and convenient beach access. Cape Lookout is a State Park with a popular campground and day- use area that is perfect for beachcombing. Walking from the campground at the north edge of the park, to the end of the Cape Lookout beach and back again is about 10 miles. Lush forests coming down to a wide sandy beach make this a great to explore with the family.

Twins Rocks - Rockaway Beach Twin rocks at Rockaway Beach, Image by Sea Star Photos

To the North

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is seven miles long and a great place to get out and explore and do some beachcombing. This beach offers a great view of the impressive twin rocks, especially at sunset. After the sun goes down, you can enjoy the peace and quiet and maybe a beach bonfire. For a change of scenery, head over to the Rockaway Big Tree. It is a fairly short and easy hike through the cedar wetlands preserve to this old growth cedar that is 49 feet in circumference.

Lighthouse Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint

According to Oregon State Parks, Cape Meares has one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent. Just north of Oceanside is the quiet village of Cape Meares. Nearby Cape Meares State Park is a memorable stop, with the shortest lighthouse and largest Sitka Spruce tree in Oregon. Along the hiking trails through old-growth spruce trees there is the 700-year-old “Big Spruce” and the uniquely shaped “Octopus Tree.” This park has particularly stunning views of the rocky shores and storms when they roll in. During the winter and spring migration seasons, it is also known for prime whale watching. The nearby trailhead leads through the wildlife refuge down to the beach. There are miles of hiking trails to explore amid the forested sand dunes. This is simply the start of the adventures that await you on the central Oregon coast. May you find the perfect beach getaway that you seek. If you happen to stop in Oceanside, use this promo code for 10 percent off your stay at the Three Arch Inn: OREGON BEACHES

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