When you think of a beach, you think of surfboards and a blistering hot sun. In Oregon, we savior our beaches for so much more than that. With our gorgeous greenery, fun range of activities, and rugged shoreline, you are sure to see why the Oregon coast is the most desirable coast. Here are the best beaches near Portland to visit this summer:
If it's a gorgeous scenic viewpoint or some of Oregon's magnificent wildlife that you're looking for, Bandon, Oregon offers it all.
2. Lincoln City
With seven miles of natural splendor, Lincoln City's beach offers more than just an awe-inspiring stroll along the ocean side. Come here to fly a kite or build a gigantic sand castle!
3. Depoe Bay
Not too far south from Lincoln City is Depoe Bay. Considered the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast," you have to go to Depoe Bay to check out the resident pod of grey whales. Not to mention you can catch a view of their monstrous waves, reaching about 60 feet.
As one of the most popular beaches that Portlanders venture off to, Seaside is the perfect place to bring your family. You must visit the seaside arcade or one of the candy stores for the best salt water taffy in Oregon.
Home to Rogue Ales and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport is definitely a hot spot when it comes to Portland vacationers.
Don't let the lengthy trek from Portland deter you from visiting this brilliant beach. This Oregon beach town gets some of the best weather by the sea in the state, which makes it a prime retreat.
Situated in the shadow of Neahkahnie Mountain, Manzanita has one of the most exquisite shorelines. After you enjoy its beauty, you can go wine tasting or visit one of the town's quaint boutiques.
8. Cannon Beach
Have you ever seen Cannon Beach before? Well, you have if you've ever seen "The Goonies," since they filmed the movie there in 1985. It's also known for the magnificent Haystack Rock (pictured above).
Located in Tillamook County, Neskowin is a small beach town north of Lincoln City. You can catch two of Oregon's most mesmerizing views here: The Neskowin Ghost Forest and Proposal Rock (pictured above).
While it's obvious from the photo that Florence is one of the most gorgeous beaches in Oregon, the activities that the town offers makes it without a doubt one of the most charming in the state. Come here for dune buggy rides, crabbing, clamming, and if you travel a little north, you can catch a peek of the Sea Lion Caves.
11. Seal Rock
Speaking of seals, if you travel about 40 miles north, you arrive at Seal Rock, where there's a handful of offshore boulders that harbor sea lions and an array of other marine life.
In the midst of 2,500 acres of a stellar coastal rainforest, Netarts becomes the spot for the ultimate tranquil getaway.
13. Pacific City
Less than two hours away from Portland, Pacific City boasts its breathtaking sunsets.
14. Otter Rock
Otter Rock is known for the miraculous Devil's Punch Bowl, which is open to the Pacific Ocean and is open to some of nature's most interesting wildlife.
15. Rockaway Beach
100 foot-high rocks and crashing waves makes this beach picturesque. Mix that with seven miles of white sand and it makes Rockaway Beach the mecca when it comes to getaways.
Among the beauty that Yachat offers, the town is pretty fantastic too. What's better than being able to go shopping at the cute boutiques in town, and then walking a few steps to the spectacular coast?
This is the picture-perfect beach town. Packed with adorable rentals and grassy hills, Oceanside is a secluded and tranquil destination.
18. Coos Bay
As Oregon's largest city on the coast, Coos Bay attracts tourists and long term residents alike with its beauty and charm.
There are too many beautiful beach towns to mention. Which beach near Portland do you think is the best?