Your Cannon Beach vacation could be perfect if you are looking for family bonding time! It is also perfect for romantic getaways or just relaxing along Cannon Beach itself.
Enjoy a Cannon Beach vacation in this charming little town along the Oregon west coast sprinkled with small tourist shops and cafés, friendly people and blessed with a long and wide beach with beautiful sand to help you relax!
You will not find large chain stores in Cannon Beach due to their strict regulations to keep its tourist charm and casual lifestyle! This being said however, you will find some wonderful arts and crafts stores! Bookstores, shops and bistros are conveniently located as part of the town's plan to attract tourists.
The Cannon Beach Sandcastle building competition is an annual event since 1964! Inspire the kids to show you what they can build! The 2019 Sandcastle competition starts on Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9. You will want to look for your waterfront accommodations on our Cannon Beach waterfront accommodations page!
State parks are nearby if you enjoy camping or great waterfront hotels for your perfect beach Oregon beach vacation!
Cannon Beach features a beautiful sandy Beach. Stretching a full 9 miles or 14.5 Km. long. If you enjoy long romantic walks along the beach this is definitely a great choice!
If you are planning a Cannon Beach vacation you will find this is also a great place to take the kids on hikes, fly kites or how about that sandcastle building we told you about??
• Visit Ecola State Park (which is now included as part of Lewis & Clark National Historic Park) gives breathtaking views of the Oregon coastline. One of the trail will lead you to one of the best views of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse or do some whale watching from here during the summer or winter migration! Ecola State Park offers some of the best panoramic views and is one the most photographed portions of the Oregon coastline.
A very secluded beach within Ecola State Park is Indian Beach! Indian beach is a beautifully shaped stretch of sand and cobbles. It a favorite for ocean kayakers and adventurous surfers who love to venture on the waves regardless of water temperatures.
• Oswald West State Park is another favorite Oregon State Park near Cannon Beach. Located just 10 miles south of this beautiful Oregon coast town, you will find a lovely little beach getaway for the day. A 30 minute walk will take you to Smuggler's Cove or Short Sands Beach. This Oregon Coast beach is fairly isolated. Rarely crowded during the week (weekends are busier), it is a favorite place for windsurfing, surfing, boogie boarding, and a cool refreshing swim (by cool... we mean cool!).
• Haystack Rock is one of the attractions and is a must see on your Cannon Beach vacation. Reaching a height of 235 feet or 71.6 Meters it is one of the largest intertidal natural structures in the world meaning it may be reached by land. Summertime during low tide is the best time to fully realize it size. It is approximately the height of a 25 storey building!
The area around Haystack Rock was granted Marine Garden status by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1990. Enjoy this wonderful attraction in Cannon Beach but be careful to observe regulations around the rock! In the months of May to September you may enjoy seminars conducted by The Haystack Rock Awareness Program.
A word of caution... High tides entrap individuals on a yearly basis! Ensure you are aware of tidal times and avoid what may be a rescue by the Coast Guard or local authorities.
• Try Bruce's Candy Kitchen for the kids! Or... maybe the kid in you!
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Now that you are ready to go... Would you like to know where the best waterfront accommodations to stay are during your Cannon Beach Vacation?
Looking for some of the best waterfront accommodations in Cannon Beach? Visit Best Waterfront Destinations' Cannon Beach Accomodations page and you may just find the perfect waterfront accommodation!
This is where you will find the best waterfront hotels, vacation rentals and Bed and Breakfast this Oregon seaside town has to offer!
• Photo Credits •
Top photo: Flickr Photo
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Competition: Stephanie Inn
Haystack Rock: Columbian.com
Short Sands Beach: BidonTravel.com
Stephanie Inn: Flickr Photo Photo credit to ryansstory