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
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
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 at Netarts Bay
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.
Twin rocks at Rockaway Beach, Image by Sea Star Photos
To the North
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
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