The stunning coastline of the Pacific Northwest is home to many incredible treasures, especially in the Beaver State. You’ll never run out of things to do regardless of what time of the year you visit. So, when is the best time to visit the Oregon Coast? We give you the inside scoop on the best things to do and places to see in every season, so you can choose when to travel and what to do while you’re here!
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Here is the Best Time to Visit the Oregon Coast
When Should You Visit Us?
Winter is a fascinating time to visit the Oregon Coast. Temperatures range from the high-30s to the high-40s on average during December, January, and February. A big draw for visitors is the mesmerizing winter storms that roll up and down the coast. Fix a nice cup of hot cocoa and watch from your Starfish Vacation Rental as the Pacific Ocean puts on an incredible show. Waves pummel the coast and swells reach for the sky. Of course, that’s not the only thing to see or do during the winter season. There’s plenty of holiday magic in Seaside and Cannon Beach, which is great for families with kids.
Spring doesn’t draw in droves of visitors, but that’s why we like to call it our “Secret Season” here. This is one of the best times to visit the Oregon Coast if you want to experience fewer crowds. Temperatures range from the high-50s to the low-40s, so it’s still relatively chilly during this time of the year. Rain is also very widespread. The occasional festival takes place in the spring, but the most popular incentive to traveling here during this season is the lack of tourists crowding the trails and beaches.
Summer is the best (and busiest) time to visit the Oregon Coast. Families flock to Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Arch Cape, and Rockaway Beach for an escape from busy city life. The summer weather is fantastic for exploring the great outdoors up and down the coast. There is very little rain, and temperatures fluctuate between the high-60s and mid-50s. You’ll find plenty of fun festivals taking place, especially in Cannon Beach, in addition to an incredible array of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, crabbing, and kayaking are just a handful of ways to experience our beautiful coastal landscapes. The only thing you’ll have to battle during summer is the crowds of families.
Fall is in contention with summer as the best time to visit the Oregon Coast. You’ll find more adults visiting this time of the year, unlike families in the summer. The weather is fantastic due to the shift in winds brings warmer air from the inland valleys to the beach. This keeps the marine layer off the coast and takes the chill out of the air. Temperatures range from the low-60s to the mid-40s, and there is a decent amount of rainfall. There are a couple of festivals, and great weather makes it a prime time to explore the outdoors.
What are the Best Things to Do During Your Visit?
Things to Do in the Winter
Watch Winter Storms Roll in off of the Coast
Winter storms are an incredible sight as they crash against the coast, creating a mesmerizing scene.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Whales
Whales migrate along the coast in the spring, and you can watch from the beach or places like Ecola State Park.
Try Your Luck at Fly Fishing
The Nehalem River offers plenty of fly fishing opportunities in the winter.
Things to Do in the Spring
Surf the Day Away
If you want to surf along the Oregon Coast, Short Sand Beach is very popular with all experience levels while The Cove in Seaside boasts great surfing for more advanced wave riders.
Explore the Seaside Boardwalk
The Seaside Boardwalk is home to tons of family fun, from building sandcastles on the beach to playing in the arcade.
Check out These Spring Events
Things to Do in the Summer
Go Crabbing in Nehalem Bay
Try your luck at crabbing off of the docks at Kelly’s Brighton Marina while taking in the beautiful scenery of Nehalem Bay.
Hike Through Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park provides some of the best hiking and scenic views along the Oregon Coast. Make sure you explore Crescent Beach while you’re there.
Explore Tide Pools
Tide pools near Hug Point, The Three Graces, and Haystack Rock are fun for families to explore during low tide.
Revel in the Views From Neahkahnie Mountain
A hike up Neahkahnie Mountain provides some fantastic views south across Manzanita and Rockaway Beach.
Experience These Summer Festivals
Things to Do in the Fall
Take a Bike Ridge on the Beach
Rent a fat bike from Bahama Mama’s and take a fun ride along the coast.
Explore Fort Stevens State Park
Take a trip up to Fort Stevens State Park to explore miles of coastline near the mouth of the Columbia River. Make sure you check out the Wreck of the Peter Iredale.
Enjoy a Walk Along Cannon Beach
Few things are more iconic along the Oregon Coast than a walk along Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock towering over you.
Celebrate Fall at These Events
Plan Your Getaway to the Oregon Coast
Are you searching for the ultimate getaway on the Oregon Coast? Well, Starfish Vacation Rentals has everything you need to make the most of your trip. Our collection of luxury properties feature an array of oceanfront and ocean view locations in Arch Cape, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, and Rockaway Beach. You’ll find that our rentals sleep anywhere from four to 16 guests, and include plenty of modern amenities and furnishings. But, it’s our guest services that really set us apart from the competition. Whether you want to book a private chef for a gourmet meal at your property or have your groceries delivered before you arrive, we can make your vacation as convenient and easy as possible!
Start planning your getaway to the Oregon Coast by booking your Starfish Vacation Rental today! We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful coastal oasis.