• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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Awesome beach. Very scenic. Beautiful sunsets. Great for photos. 6 mile (roundtrip) trail along the coast if you're looking for a hike.

Start your adventure by heading to Cannon Beach, Or. Either head west on Highway 26 from Portland, OR. or Highway 101 south from Aberdeen Wa. Plan to arrive at the town a few hours before sunset, the beach stretches a couple miles, and it is awesome to walk along the beach during the day. There is public parking in the town but it does fill up quickly depending on the time of year that you visit.

If you're a photographer like me try to plan where to take your shot of Haystack rock and the Needles. This beach is great for sunset shots!

After the sun has gone down make a fire on the beach, fires are allowed and you'll see a lot of people hanging out on the beach well after the sun has gone down. There are hotels and campsites in the town as well as a few miles away from the town if your looking to stay in the area.

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  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Firewood
  • Friends/Family
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I loved Cannon beach. I would say if you're in Oregon this is a definite must do. The town surrounding this area is really nice and there are a ton of little shops to go see. Also, the free guides at the beach help people learn about the animals and fish in the area and can help you identify creatures in the tide pools! If you're looking for a fun, family-friendly, free place to go visit, this is it. This is also dog-friendly and it can be a great place for your pup to run around and have some fun!

18 days ago
18 days ago

This was my favourite beach touring down the coast. There is so much to see and do on this beach. The starfish in the rock pools are just beautiful.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Amazing beach and rock formations. Go during low tide to get closer to haystack rock and see some ocean life as well!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I've never seen the Goonies, so this beach doesn't hold as much nostalgia as it does for most but I still loved it! We arrived at night to play with the phosphorescence that sometimes is present in the sand. We had little luck save for a few sparks of green in the sand. The next morning gave us some beautiful sunshine to take in the glory of Haystack Rock and Needles!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

My husband and I took trip to Cannon Beach during one of our evenings in Oregon and we are so glad we did! Sunset at Haystack Rock is breathtaking and it was so quiet - not many people where out so it felt like we had the entire beach to ourselves. Such a stunning location and I just wish we could have had more time to explore!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I visited Cannon Beach on a recent road trip through Oregon and it was the best stop on my trip. I extended my trip just to stay an extra day. I camped at the Sea Ranch Park which is walking distance from town. The town also has great food and breweries. Make sure you add this stop to your trip!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Seeing Cannon Beach for the first time if you've seen the Goonies is like visiting Forrest Gump Hill in Monument Valley for moviegoers. It's not just iconic for the movies, but it's truly a wonderful spot to hang out if you can get past the overwhelming number of tourists that visit. Perfect place to start a road trip down the PCH.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We had a little trouble finding the narrow stairway down to the beach. It's surrounded by fancy homes and all have no trespassing signs warning away tourists. That being said, next to Smith Rock, Cannon Beach was my second favorite location when we visited Oregon. I loved how dog friendly it was and all of the sand dollars washed up on the shore. Photography-wise you want to make sure you go during the golden hour; it enhances the rocks so much.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Cannon Beach is definitely a gem! Went here on a recent trip to the Oregon Coast and loved it

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Cannon Beach is a very cute town, and the beach is amazing with the views of Haystack Rock..not to mention the Goonies nostalgia!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Kyle Szegedi

Student of photography and videography. Currently residing in Bellingham, Wa. Check out my website www.kyleszegediphoto.com to see some more of my work!

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