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Top Ten Outdoor Activities around Cannon Beach

April 7, 2021

Categories: Cannon Beach | North Oregon Coast

Image by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner via FlickrImage by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

With a tough year during Covid, it makes sense that a lot of us are still hesitant to book a beach vacation. With limited capacities indoor, it’s hard to plan a refreshing getaway to help cure some of that stubborn cabin fever we’ve all been trying to rid ourselves of. Luckily, Cannon Beach offers a revitalizing list of outdoor activities perfectly safe and suitable for a relaxing beach vacation. Get outside and enjoy all there is to see and do in the area!


Cannon Beach: Top 10 Outdoor Activities

1. Picnic by Haystack Rock

This giant rock is often featured on dozens of magazine covers for the Oregon Coast, which proves that it is truly the perfect photo opportunity to capture your memories at Cannon Beach. What a perfect place to set out a blanket and chairs, pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy a relaxing lunch while watching the waves crash against the shore.

2. Bonfire on the Beach

Of course, the Oregon Coast is known to get a bit chilly after the sunset, so what a great excuse to dig a pit in the sand, build up a nice fire, and roast up some marshmallows. Just remember that the Oregon Department of Forestry asks that you start your fire no closer than 50-feet from dune grass or any structures. Also, make sure that your fire is completely out before you head back to your cozy vacation rental. For updated burning rules, please visit

3. Explore Hug Point

Just when you thought the Oregon Coast couldn’t get any more beautiful, just 7-minutes South of Cannon Beach, Hug Point will amaze you with spectacular caves and breathtaking waterfalls. Be sure to go early to check out the Tide Times to make sure you have plenty of time to safely explore and maximize this scenic adventure.

4. Hike Around Ecola State Park

Breathe in that salty air and mix it with the tranquility of the forest breeze on a trip to Ecola State Park, located between Cannon Beach and Seaside. With both short and long hiking routes out to Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, this hike will give you a perfect balance of Oregon Coast viewpoints and thick Sitka Spruce forestry. With lots of resting spots to sit down and enjoy a packed lunch, you’ll feel like you’re getting the best of both nature and the beach. For more information, please visit Oregon State Parks online.

View of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (also known as Terrible Tilly)

5. Watch the Surfers at Indian Beach

Just a 2-mile hike from Ecola State Park lies the very secluded Indian Beach, one of Cannon Beaches' hidden gems. Here you can enjoy watching the surfers catch the waves, gaze at some of the tidal pools, or even fly a kite from one of the nine different kite shops in Cannon Beach.

6. Bird Watching

Pack your binoculars before heading out to Indian Beach or Ecola State Park. With birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors, zoom in and admire some of nature’s greatest seabirds. From puffins to murres, and maybe even a few eagles, binoculars will be an essential item to pack for your vacation out to the Oregon Coast. Also, consider packing or downloading a guide so you can identify the types of birds you discover.

7. Cannon Beach Fat Bike Route

With a handful of different bike rental shops to pick from in Cannon Beach, take a long 6 miles bike ride right on the shore and alongside Hug Point. This moderate ride maxes out at about 81-feet in elevation with a nice decline to help you cool down towards the end of your trip. Remember to pack lots of water and download their map!

8. Kayak in Seaside

Seaside is only about 15 minutes North of Cannon Beach and also offers a variety of activities you can do on your vacation. If you want to be out on the water, Wheel Fun offers a variety of boat rentals including kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. There are multiple launch points alongside the very calm Necanicum River, creating a very relaxing and entertaining trip right on the water.

9. Tee Off at Seaside Golf Club

Along the Necanicum River, you’ll also find Seaside Golf Club, where you can drop in and play a round of 9 or 18 holes. Make it a quick game and rent a golf cart or take your time and walk across the green while absorbing that salty sea air.

10. Coastal Fishing in Seaside

Needless to say, the Oregon Coast is a fishing paradise. Venture out into the sea on a guided tour with Coastal Fishing Adventures, where guided fishing trips with some of the best equipment you need to catch fish are available. If you want to stay on the shore, you can also fish alongside the Necanicum river for salmon, trout, or steelhead (depending on the season). Check out this map of great fishing spots, and remember to stop by the local outdoor or grocery store to pick up a fishing license before you go.

Restaurants in Cannon Beach


Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters

Start your morning off right by dropping into this homey little café and getting a delicious cup of freshly roasted coffee and a few oven-baked pastries to go. Make sure to get up early though, as this place is often booming with visitors proving this place to be the hottest café in town. 

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan Options Available

The Lazy Susan Café

If you’re feeling more like dining in, Lazy Susan Café is now offering both dine-in and takeout orders for breakfast and lunch. With fluffy and delicious waffles, or a fantastic eggs benedict, enjoy this quaint little café before you head on out to the beach. 

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan Options Available

Crepe Neptune

This very popular hole-in-the-wall offers both sweet and savory crepes you order right out of a window. With lots of flavors to pick from, plus fresh berries and avocados, this is a perfect breakfast place for all ages. 

Gluten-Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly


Mo’s Restaurant 

With a beautiful view of Cannon Beach, dig into that rich and creamy clam chowder served in a crispy and fresh bread bowl just the way you like it. Don’t want to sit inside? You can take it to go and won’t have to go very far because Mo’s Restaurant is right there on the beach.

Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Available

Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge

A nice balance between laid-back and fine-dining, Driftwood Restaurant serves some of that classic Oregon Coast seafood you can’t miss out on. You can take your food to go or sit outside by the firepits and sip on a perfectly mixed cocktail beverage. 

Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten-Free Options 

Pelican Brewing

You might recognize their logo from their classic India Pale Ale perhaps stashed away in your fridge somewhere. Stop in and grab a fresh one from their tap, while feasting on some gourmet pub out on their patio. 

Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten-Free Options


Even more great news! You can choose from dozens of our Cannon Beach rentals featuring cozy cottages and ocean view luxury homes following the CDC Covid-19 cleaning and sanitation protocals.


Blog by ~  Hanna Benson


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