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Oregon is a state that is fortunate to lie along the Pacific Ocean. As such, there are plenty of beach towns to choose from when you want to have a beach vacation with your family.
Out of all the amazing beach towns in Oregon, not all of them can accommodate an RV. There are State Parks along the beach that is worth checking, and they are privately owned campgrounds that are perfect for families.
On average, anywhere that is south of Cape Blanco is generally warmer than any part of Oregon. So beaches that are within this range are warmer, especially in the summer and fall months. Keep on reading as I share some of our favorite beach towns in Oregon.
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The town of Seaside is best known for Seaside Beach and Promenade, which is the town’s main beach that features a two-mile-long promenade that is great for walking or rollerblading. This is perfect for a great afternoon stroll by the beach. If you are not into this kind of beach, you can try the nearby Arcadia Beach which is also worth a visit.
Seaside is a very walkable town, with plenty to do and see within walking range. If you want to travel further within Seaside, and don’t have a car, there is a good public transportation system. The town offers generous access to the main beach via the Promenade, whose northern end also offers access to some smaller beaches.
For families with kids, will find Seaside a delight mainly because of the Funland Arcade—the largest arcade on the Oregon coast. There is also the Seaside Carousel, an old-fashioned merry-go-round located in Seaside Carousel Mall. If you prefer a more educational fun time, you can go to the Camp 18 Logging Museum which is a kid-friendly museum dedicated to the history of logging.
For a dining experience far from the usual fast-food chains, we recommend casual dining. For dessert, don’t forget to take your kids to Sea Star Gelato and the Buzz on Broadway, a famous local candy store (though you might have a hard time getting your kids to leave!)
Best Beaches and Attractions in Seaside, Oregon
- Seaside Beach
- 44 12th Ave, Seaside, OR 97138, United States
- Trendwest Resort
- 229-299 S Promenade, Seaside, OR 97138, United States
- Painted Rock Beach
- Seaside, OR 97138, United States
- Seaside Cove
- 2930 Evergreen Dr, Seaside, OR 97138, United States
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon is best known for the beach that shares the town’s name and is its main attraction. But there are other beaches in the area to enjoy that are part of the local state parks. These include Hug Point State Park and Ecola State Park, both of which are great for nature walks.
Beyond the beaches, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Cannon Beach. A great way to explore Cannon Beach is on rented bicycles from Family FUNCycles. Indoor activities to try to include the Cannon Beach History Center, a kid-friendly museum, and the Ice Fire Glassworks—where sometimes you can watch glassblowers work.
The Town of Cannon Beach is known for its walkability. You can park downtown and take several different walks between the commercial center and midtown, and each route takes about ten minutes. Beach walking is also part of the town’s charm, and there are multiple points of access to Cannon Beach. The area’s smaller beaches, such as Arcadia Beach, can be accessed through the local state parks.
Beyond kid-specific activities Cannon Beach’s highlights include the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse— while you can’t go in, you can get a great view of it from the shore. Another highlight beyond the beach is Oswald West State Park, which is great for hiking. For indoor entertainment, check out the Coaster Theater
When looking for places to eat with kids, there are many family-friendly restaurants in Cannon Beach, so there is no need to settle for fast food or chains. Pizza a’Fetta and Tom’s Fish and Chips are among many good options for casual dining. And for dessert, try the Cannon Beach Bakery.
Best Beaches and Attractions in Cannon Beach, Oregon
- Haystack Rock
- US-101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, United States
- +1 503-436-2623
- Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site
- Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, Tolovana Park, OR 97145, United States
- +1 800-551-6949
- Indian Beach
- 84318 Ecola Park Rd, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, United States
- Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site
- Arcadia Beach State Park, Arch Cape, OR 97102, United States
- +1 800-551-6949
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
The town of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, shares its name with its seven-mile main beach. The next nearest beach can be found within Manhattan Beach State Park, located on Highway 101. Both are worth a visit, and only the beginning of what Rockaway Beach has to offer.
Rockaway Beach, which is in Tillamook County, is described as a small town with a big beach. The town is great for beach walking, with over twenty access points to the beach. Beyond the beach, there are many great places to walk within the town, including the local high school track (presumably when school is not in session).
Other highlights include the Rockaway Beach Wayside, where you can view the distinctive hoop-like rock formation in the water, and the waves passing through it. For a side trip, try Kelly’s Brighton Marina near Nehalem, which is a great site for fishing, crabbing, and camping. Back in town, the Jetty Marina and Fishery is a great place to watch the boats come in, and eat fresh-cooked crabs and oysters prepared for you onsite.
There are other things to do with kids in Rockaway Beach, even beyond beach-going. For example, you want to learn more about the local history check out the local history, check out the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. For last-minute souvenir shopping, try Flamingo Jim’s, a popular specialty and gift shop.
When dining out, there is no need to limit yourself to fast food chains. You can find kid-suitable restaurants. Among the local family-friendly dining options, there is Grumpy’s Café, with a legendary resident (friendly) ghost, along with good food and a family atmosphere. For meat-eaters, there is the Old Oregon Smokehouse. Lastly, for dessert and treats, try Schweikert’s Cones and Candy.
Best Beaches and Attractions in Rockaway Beach, Oregon
- Diamond Beach
- 443 S Miller St, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136, United States
- Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site
- Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136, United States
- +1 800-551-6949
- Barview Jetty Park
- 8000 Cedar St, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136, United States
- +1 503-322-3522
- Jetty Fishery Marina & RV Park
- 27550 US-101, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136, United States
- +1 503-368-5746
Bandon Beach, which is situated at Bandon Beach State Park is the main beach of Bandon, Oregon. Most tourists go straight here, but the town’s other beach called Bullards Beach at the Bullards Beach State Park is also a close contender.
Bandon has a lot of family-oriented parks and offers a lot of activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. One of them is going to the Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint that will make your kids appreciate wildlife and nature. You can also do horseback riding, hiking, fishing, walking, and biking.
Moreover, dining in Bandon doesn’t limit to seafood. Although this state is known for having great dishes and seafood, you can actually have a lovely dinner in an overlooking restaurant while enjoying a perfectly cooked steak or have fun dining while eating pizza and pasta that your kids love.
Best Beaches and Attractions in Bandon, Oregon
- Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
- Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, Bandon, OR 97411, United States
- +1 800-551-6949
- Bandon South Jetty Park
- 3rd St SW, Bandon, OR 97411, United States
- Bullards Beach State Park
- Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR 97411, United States
- +1 800-551-6949
To sum it up, Oregon is just one of the many places in the country that have towns with great beaches. But the best thing about this state is the family-friendly beaches and tourist spots that you will make your vacation memorable and your kids will surely love.
I have been here with my family a few times now and I never get tired of going back here because of what this state can offer to an RVer like me. Every time I visit this place with my family and kids, I always feel like I am having a unique experience for the first time.
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