National Geographic ranked Cannon Beach number ten in their list of 21 of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Discover breathtakingly beautiful beaches just steps from downtown Cannon Beach and Inga’s Cottage. And, just a few minutes away are some of the best viewpoints and natural areas on the Oregon Coast.
Oregon Live reported “Of all the cities on the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach might just be the most romantic”.
The four miles of sandy beach in Cannon Beach extends from the north at rocky Chapman Point to the south at Silver Point and is graced in the center by iconic Haystack Rock.
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The Oregon coastline is noted for beautiful rock formations, the most iconic being Haystack Rock which rises 235 feet out of the ocean and features an ecosystem of bird life and tidepools that simply cannot be missed. Cannon Beach is a great place for everything from peaceful morning walks to romantic twilight strolls, to sandcastle building and beach combing. The tidepools at Haystack Rock are one of Oregon’s seven protected Marine Gardens and all of the near-shore and off-shore rocks along Cannon Beach are vibrant bird habitats and part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Haystack Rock is the Northwest’s most accessible locations to observe Tufted Puffins nesting in their natural environment. They return in early April to lay their eggs and raise their chicks through early July. Tufted Puffins are highly recognizable because of their breeding plumage which consists of a white face, thick orange bill and yellow eyebrow tufts. Most of the year, the puffins are a nondescript gray, but during spring breeding season, the bright colors emerge. From a distance, these puffins are also easy to recognize as their wings flap furiously and continuously to keep their stocky bodies airborne.
There are many neighboring beaches nearby, each with their own special beauty and appeal. There is Hug Point and Short Sand Beach to the south. North of Ecola Creek, the beach reaches to Chapman Point where large offshore rocks known as Bird Rocks are home to a dense colony of Common Murres that nest from spring through midsummer. It is not uncommon to see Bald Eagles who prey on the nesting colony. Ecola State Park offers an easy access to Indian Beach and a hike to Crescent Beach. Indian Beach is popular with surfers, and it offers views of the dramatic rock formations off Ecola Point to the south.
If you feel like a little bit more of adventure, be sure to take a drive down to Cape Lookout where a 2-3 mile downhill hike yields breathtaking views and your own private beach.