Cannon Beach

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, rests Cannon Beach. The city is famed for its forested headlands, towering monoliths and miles of pristine, sandy beaches.

Haystack Rock is a famous landmark. Other attractions readily reached from town include Ecola State Park, Indian and Crecent Beaches, the Bird Rocks and Silver Point. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is visible out to sea, amidst vistas of waves and seasonal populations of birds. Miles of beach, wooded areas, hiking trails, and parks offer plenty of healthy diversions in the great outdoors.

Attractive business districts provide shops, galleries and services. Community theater, art exhibitions and music events occur year-round.

The Pacific strand running along Cannon Beach’s 3 1/2 miles is a luminous stage, framed on the north end by the “Bird Rocks” and to the south by the monoliths of Silver Point. A walk along the beach is always a visual treat, with its vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings.

The delight of breezes pulling a kite aloft is a constant in Cannon Beach. Kite flying, playing games, picnics, bonfires: a day in the sand is well accommodated here. For those who wish to stroll and enjoy the sights, the shore along Cannon Beach provides a variety of environments to savor; from the gregarious crowds of summer at Ecola Creek to the quiet and meditative stretches towards Silver Point.

The beauty and serenity of the shores along Cannon Beach has not gone unnoticed. Featured in Stephen Leatherman’s book, America’s Best Beaches, the margin of sand bordering Cannon Beach was rated Best Overall Beach in the state of Oregon.  Author John Villani names Cannon Beach as one of America’s Best 100 Art Towns. National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.


Featured activities

  • Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

    PO Box 64
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-436-2623
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

    Off Hwy. 101, 2 miles north of Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97141

    West of Tillamook Head, this lighthouse was constructed on top of a rock 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head in 1881. The construction of this particular lighthouse was thought to be incredibly risky, but its five workers beat the odds. Because this lighthouse was built on a rock, it is not accessible to the public. However, visitors can easily see it and a beautiful view of the surrounding ocean from Ecola State Park and Seaside. This lighthouse stands 133 feet above sea level with 62-foot-high tower on basalt rock islet. Exposure to storm waves led to the nickname "Terrible Tilly." It was replaced by a whistle buoy in 1957 and is the only privately owned Oregon coast lighthouse on the National Registry of Historic Places; now used as a columbarium, a storage place for ashes of the deceased.

Featured accommodations

  • Arch Cape Inn & Retreat

    31970 E. Ocean Lane
    Arch Cape, Oregon 97102
    503.436.2800

    Step out of your vehicle and into a world with beauty so dramatic it quiets the mind and stirs the heart. Arch Cape Inn & Retreat, an oasis of art, romance, nature and exquisite food and wine.

  • Inn at Cannon Beach

    3215 S Hemlock
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.9085

    Warm, Welcoming Rooms · Fireplaces · Spectacular Flower Gardens · Naturalized Pond · Forested Grounds · Hummingbirds · Woodpeckers ·Art Gallery · Short Block to Beach· Homemade Cookies · Family

Featured Events

  • Couples Surf & Gourmet Weekender Getaway

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-440-5782
    Friday, Aug 8th, 2014 - Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014

    Escape with your soul mate to beautiful Cannon Beach for a 3 day, 2 night weekender with a fun filled couple’s surfing experience, fabulous gourmet meals, outstanding five star lodging and more!

    • Two Nights at the Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach
    • Day Surf Camp with NW Women’s Surf Camp’s
    Instructors
    • Live Dinner show at EVOO Cooking School
    • $1,450 per Couple

    Book this Couples Event by July 8th! Contact NWWSC Director at 503-440-5782

  • Dog Show on the Beach

    148 W Gower Ave
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    (800) 547-6100
    Saturday, Oct 18th, 2014

    The Annual Dog Show on the Beach in front of the Surfsand Resort is a community event open to all dog lovers. There are prizes for over 20 categories.  Pedigree is not the point, it’s a fun day on the beach with your pooch. Proceeds benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.  For more information call (800) 547-6100.

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