Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Its population was 1,690 at the 2010 census. It is a popular coastal Oregon tourist destination, famous for Haystack Rock, a 235 ft (72 m) sea stack that juts out along the coast. In 2013, National Geographic listed it as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places.”
Places to Stay in Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach offers a wide variety of accommodations to provide the ultimate Oregon Coast experience. From luxurious oceanfront lodging for a romantic getaway, to a family-friendly beach vacation, to exciting stays for a paw-tastic weekend with your pets, to having a true Cannon Beach camping experience, there is something everyone will surely enjoy!
Cannon Beach is all of 3-miles packed with endless adventures. Leave your car parked and be a pedestrian for the day and explore the majority of Cannon Beach by foot. Parking in town can be limited but it is free, and you have the ability to park in one place throughout the day to shop, eat, and all the exploration one could dream of.
To plan for the most optimal summer stay in Cannon Beach, check out these Tips for Visiting During the Summer for the ins and outs on how to plan your itinerary.
Pet-Friendly Places to Stay in Cannon Beach
The coastline along Cannon Beach is an oasis for ocean-loving pups. Luckily, the area has many pet-friendly options with lodging at all price points, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends behind on your next trip. From hotels that offer stylish pet beds to dedicated pet play areas, here are some welcoming places to stay with your best bud.
Check-in at The Hallmark Resort & Spa, the closest resort to the iconic Haystack Rock, and tails will wag with the complete VIP treatment. Upon arrival, every pup receives a special “doggie bag” that includes a Frisbee throw toy, doggie cookies, and a sheet and towel for sandy paws. The resort also caters to Fido with two pet areas conveniently located near the guest rooms, a wash-down station for sandy paws, and dog treats in the lobby 24/7. For the dog’s humans, there’s the thrill of an oceanfront property with postcard-perfect views, easy beach access, family suites, freshly baked cookies, popcorn, s’mores kits, and a pool and fitness center.
Land’s End at Cannon Beach gladly welcomes pet pals and provides dog blankets, treats, and a dedicated sand-wash station in the courtyard. Peek at prior Instafamous four-legged guests with their dedicated hashtag (landsenddogs), and be sure to add your own photos after your stay. All 15 spacious, light-filled suites and studios have ocean views, fireplaces, and kitchenettes. Ground-floor suites offer direct access to the shared oceanfront terrace, while second-floor suites feature Juliet balconies. If your doggo is more of a city hound, the hotel is conveniently located downtown, one block away from shopping and dog-friendly restaurants.
In the quiet Tolovana section of Cannon Beach, The Wayside Inn greets four-legged friends with a basket that includes dog-designated sheets and towels, two pet bowls, and, of course, doggie treats. In addition to easy Tolovana Inn beach access, many of the top-floor rooms have pup-approved ocean views, gas fireplaces, and decks. Other perks that make the inn both family and pet-friendly range from the indoor pool and hot tub to board games, wagons, and beach toys. At the nearby Tolovana Inn, find similar amenities for your four-legged friends. Expect to find a blanket, a bed, and pet bowls upon arrival. Spend the evenings stargazing with your best pal.
Cannon Beach RV Parks & Camping
Cannon Beach has an assortment of RV Parks and Campground options on the Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach’s RV Resort is a full-service, full-hookup facility that can accommodate campers from pop-up trailers to RVs. Sea Ranch RV Park and Stables, located just two and a half blocks from the beach and downtown Cannon Beach, offers cabins, RV, and tent sites year-round and horseback riding in the summer. Wright’s for Camping is a small tent campground set in the woods. A family-run business since 1959 with 22 campsites with a fire ring and picnic table at each site.
Bed & Breakfasts
Do you crave the cozy comfort of a bed and breakfast? You’ll find a fine assortment of bed and breakfast options along the Oregon Coast in Cannon Beach. Bed and Breakfasts are a popular alternative for people looking for a different experience than a traditional hotel with four walls and the same décor in every room.
Unique Vacation Rentals to Stay at in Cannon Beach
Looking for a place that feels more like your own, with room to cook, relax and play? Local vacation rental companies in Cannon Beach are always adding beautiful rentals for the perfect home-away-from-home experience for families of all sizes, big and small.
If you’re looking for a spacious place to relax, the newly listed Moon Tide home (Beachcomber Vacation Rentals) comes with four bedrooms, three baths and two decks for soaking up ocean views and breezes, as well as an outdoor grill for post-adventure barbecues. The house sits about 5 miles south of downtown Cannon Beach in Arch Cape and sleeps up to 10 people, which is also the maximum number of guests who can be in the house at any time. With two living areas, large L-shaped couches and a roomy kitchen, the house is also great for kids with a “Finding Nemo” mural in one of the bedrooms. Hug Point State Recreation Site about 1.4 miles north features trails and tide pools for amazing days on the Coast.
A few steps away sits the Beach Haven Ocean Front (Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals), which lives up to its name with a private path that leads directly down to Arch Cape beach just 36 steps away. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bath abode holds up to eight people and comes with a covered porch and a wood-burning fireplace inside. Ample windows and seating areas make this a great place to watch storms and sunsets. The midcentury furniture and vibe add to the appeal.
Have a dog you’d like to bring to the beach? Look no further than The Belfrey (Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals), a two-bed, one-bath cozy cabin that’s dog-friendly, just steps from the sand at the south end of Cannon Beach. The Belfrey sleeps four and comes with partial ocean views, a porch and a gas fireplace for warming up. A fenced-in backyard makes letting the dog out easy. The Calipso Cottage (Cannon Beach Property Management) is also pet friendly and is about as lovely as a cabin can come, with a spiral staircase, high ceilings and wood-burning fireplace. The home has three bedrooms and one bathroom and sleeps six. It’s a great place for kids, too, with bunk beds. Relax on the large front deck or in the fenced-in back yard in the quiet North End of town.
With fantastic views of Haystack Rock, the Drift away (AvantStay) sits on an oceanfront lot with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and enough room for eight, and is perfect for drivers of electric vehicles with a high-power charger. The home was recently renovated and updated and has a large deck for watching the waves. Spend your evenings playing foosball with the family in the game room or watching movies with cinematic sound.
Oceanfront Lodging in Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach’s oceanfront hotels and resorts range from luxury accommodations to those offering casual, family-friendly comforts, many featuring panoramic views that include the iconic Haystack Rock. The Hallmark Resort & Spa is the closest resort to Haystack Rock, perched on the hillside just north of Cannon Beach’s famous landmark, and a stairway leads guests to the beach just a short stroll from Haystack’s tidepools.
At the south end of Cannon Beach, adjacent to the Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site wayside, is the Tolovana Inn. The resort also features an indoor saltwater pool and fitness center with pet-friendly suites featuring complete kitchens, private balconies, and fireplaces. Just north toward Haystack Rock is The Ocean Lodge, one of Cannon Beach’s premiere oceanfront hotels; the Ocean Lodge offers truly unique and romantic lodging. If you are interested in the simpler things in life, visit the charming Sea Sprite at Haystack Rock, and take a step back in time to a place where families have been coming for generations.
Things To Do in Cannon Beach
- Experience the wonder of the Oregon Coast in Cannon Beach
You’ll be captivated by the beauty of Cannon Beach, its remarkable displays of nature, and the unique character of this charming village by the sea, known as one of the Northwest’s top art towns and most incredible escapes.
Beautiful beaches graced by dramatic rock formations and stunning coastline viewpoints are just the beginning of what makes Cannon Beach the ultimate Oregon Coast experience. Just steps from luxurious lodgings overlooking these scenic wonders, you’ll discover colorful sea stars decorating rocks along the shoreline, herds of elk grazing in coastal meadows, and puffins nesting on Haystack Rock.
- Discover Our Thriving Art Scene
Cannon Beach is known for two things: art and nature. With over a dozen galleries, you’ll be amazed at the incredible artwork you can find. Cannon Beach features a vast selection of art; you’ll find everything from watercolor, bronze sculpture, modern and pop art, and glass-blown treasures. But the art isn’t just inside; our public art walking tour will surely take care of that desire to explore and seek out unique experiences.
- Dine in Style
Cannon Beach is home to some fantastic restaurants and breweries! Food and drink are necessary, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Perhaps you’d like to tackle the North Coast Food Trail, where over 60 participating locations from Astoria to Neskowin offer the coast’s best cuisine. Beer enthusiasts will love the North Coast Craft Beer Trail. Get your passport at one of the 14 participating locations, get it stamped when you enjoy a brew at a pub like Public Coast Brewing here in Cannon Beach, and when you’ve completed the trail submit your passport to the Cannon Beach Information Center to receive a Beer Trail mug!
- Go Whale Watching
If you come to Cannon Beach in the off-season, there’s a good chance you’ll spot gray whales in migration. They’re hard to miss when approximately 18,000 of them make their way up and down over 12,000 miles of coastline! Whale spring migration peak happens from mid-March to mid-April, and winter migration reaches its peak from mid-December to mid-January. Some optimal viewpoints include Ecola State Park or a cozy ocean-front hotel room.
- Cannon Beach Events & Festivals
Our annual events allow you to rub elbows with renowned artists in our beautiful galleries, watch mammoth sand sculptures emerge from the beach near Haystack Rock, or visit galleries and shops while tasting Northwest wines. A visit during our annual events or festivals is an excellent opportunity to experience our beach town hospitality at its best. Build an extra day or two into your stay to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and our easy-to-walk downtown, an experience in and of itself.
We are making every effort to have the most current information on each event. However, we recommend you visit specific event websites for the most up-to-date details.
- The Beach & Haystack Rock
Nearly four miles of sandy beach stretch out north and south of downtown Cannon Beach with Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock sitting approximately midway on this scenic paradise. Venture further, and you’ll find more beaches and dramatic rock formations that have made the Oregon Coast famous for its picturesque landscapes.
- Ecola State Park
Just minutes from downtown Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park tops the not-to-be-missed list of viewpoints and recreation areas. A $5 State Parks day-use fee is required for parking, and it’s the best bargain of any attraction on the Oregon Coast.
- Arcadia Beach
A picnic area and beach access at the Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site are just two miles south of Cannon Beach. The beach features rock formations and tidepools. Walk north to Silver Point or about a mile south to Hug Point.
- Hug Point
About three miles south of Cannon Beach is Hug Point State Recreation Area. Hug Point features beach access, and, at lower tides, you can walk north just around the point where you will find sea caves, a small waterfall, and the remains of the old roadway that once hugged the cliff side. The roadway is one of the rare remnants from when the beach was the main thoroughfare before the construction of the Coast Highway. When tides allow, you can walk south from Hug Point a mile or more to the beach at Arch Cape.
- Oswald West State Park
About ten minutes south of Cannon Beach, you enter Oswald West State Park. The park encompasses nearly 2,500 acres with several miles of hiking trails, including an easy path to the beautiful cove of Short Sand Beach and sky-high scenic ocean viewpoints from highway turnouts on the edge of Neahkahnie Mountain. The main Oswald West State Park parking area offers easy access to shady picnic areas and walking paths.
- Small Beach Town Charm
While the scenic surroundings are the number one attraction, Cannon Beach also offers the quintessential small beach town experience on the Oregon Coast. Wander the picturesque sidewalks and courtyards of downtown Cannon Beach to discover art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, and public art. Cannon Beach is easy and enjoyable to explore on foot.
Food & Drink
With so many dining options to choose from in Cannon Beach, eating out is a great pleasure whether it’s patio seating with an ocean view, a multicourse meal at an upscale restaurant, a casual takeout feast for the whole family, or visiting a local brewery that creates savor-worthy microbrews, have wine lists showcase regional wineries, and you can even sample locally craft-distilled spirits.
Just be sure to visit websites or call ahead to see if reservations are necessary and whether hours or policies have changed with post-pandemic guidelines. And as always, be kind and patient toward the hard-working staff, especially during busy service times.
What is the weather like? What should I pack?
The North Oregon Coast is dominated by a cool marine climate most of the year. Summertime highs average in the upper 60s, and wintertime lows drop into the high 30s but rarely to freezing. Our rainiest months are November to January, with an average of up to 10 inches per month, although the rains most often present as a drizzle. Casual walking shoes that adapt to the beach, trail, or town are good. It is always advisable to dress in layers as the weather can occasionally be unpredictable. Savvy Oregon Coast travelers are always ready for unseasonably warm, cool, or wet conditions.
Is public transportation available?
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: SUNSET EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT HAS SUSPENDED ALL SERVICES AS OF APRIL 29TH. A DATE TO RESTORE SERVICES HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.
From Portland, the NorthWest POINT offers daily bus service between Portland and Cannon Beach. Once in Cannon Beach, Sunset Empire Transportation District offers daily local routes and additional shuttle services during the summer.
How do I get a Visitor Guide?
Our Visitor Guide features information on everything from hiking and wildlife watching to dining and shopping, alongside our annual event calendar.
How do I sign up for the Visitor E-Newsletter?
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