Six beaches we visited during our two-week stay in January:

Nahalem State Park

Four miles of beach set against a backdrop of sand dunes and mountains.
Photographer in sanddunes Oregon
Nahalem State Park sand dunes

Hug Point

Gorgeous rock formations, caves, and a waterfall.
Hug Point Oregon Hug Point Oregon

Arch Cape

Dramatic cliffs drop off to a partial stone beach.
Oregon coast sunset
Oregon coastline

Cannon Beach

Home of Haystack Rock, which shoots 72 meters out of the surf.
Haystack Rock Cannon Beach

Short Sands

Reached via a path through the woods that dramatically opens up into Smuggler’s Cove—or Short Sands, as the surfers call it.
Path to Short SandsSurfer and her dog Short Sands Oregeon


Located in the small town of Manzanita, the beach starts at the base of Neahkahnie Mountain and continues south for seven miles, where it meets the dunes in Nahalem.
Sand dunes