The Oregon Coast is incredibly beautiful from afar, but there’s something really magical about seeing it up close. Amazing tide pools glitter and glow in rocky coastal terrain, full of vibrant starfish, anemones, barnacles, and all kinds of otherworldly marine life. Exploring tide pools is a fabulous activity for the whole family, but make sure to come prepared and only venture out to the pools when the tide is low. Here are 10 enchanting places to see tide pools in Oregon:
10. Yaquina Head
The beautiful Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is home to many incredible tide pools that are full of colorful marine life. There are also rangers available to take visitors on tours of the tide pools.
This beautiful area is dotted with amazing tide pools that can be visited at low tide. If you explore the sea stacks here you'll also find tons of beautiful starfish attached to the rock.
8. Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock
The iconic Haystack rock is just as beautiful up close as it is from afar. There are also lots of great tide pools along the beach.
7. Cape Perpetua
Cape Perpetua is a unique, breathtaking natural area with amazing tide pools that you can visit when the sea is calm. As with all of these places, be very careful; keep an eye on the incoming waves and only venture out to the pools when the tide is low.
6. Hug Point
This beautiful state park is located near Cannon Beach and is home to some incredible tide pools as well as sea caves and a waterfall that can be explored at low tide.
5. Harris Beach
Located just north of Brookings, this amazing beach is an otherworldly beauty. Its dramatic shoreline is adorned with incredible sea stacks and numerous interesting tide pools.
The rocky shore of Yachats is a great place to explore tide pools when the waves permit.
3. Oswald West State Park
Located south of Cannon Beach, this scenic state park offers visitors the chance to peruse stunning tide pools and relax on the beach.
2. Cape Blanco
Located near Port Orford, Cape Blanco is a lovely state park with numerous gorgeous tide pools. Head towards the lighthouse to see some awe-inspiring starfish.
1. Short Sands Beach
Short Sands Beach is said to be one of the best places to go surfing on the Oregon Coast, but it's also a wonderful place for tide pooling and sightseeing. There are tide pools on the north and south tip of the beach, as well as a beautiful waterfall.