Know Before You Go

  • Summer weather can be spectacular, or you can be hit by rain. Check the weather before you leave, and/or come prepared for varied weather conditions.
  • Winter brings great storm watching for the whole family.
  • Although you are headed to the beach this is no tropical location. The water is cold. If you plan on diving in or doing any surfing bring (or rent) a wetsuit.
  • Cannon Beach, OR is a sleepy little beach town that even over a holiday weekend isn’t jam packed with tourists. This also means that there aren’t things like arcades, mini golf, bowling, or a boardwalk that come along with many east coast beaches. If you are looking for a typical, crowded beach town you should head to Seaside down the road.

Cannon Beach


  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Shovels, buckets, and other sandcastle equipment
  • Light layers in summer and heavier layers in winter. Day time can be warmer, but it does get chilly at night.

Driving to Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, OR is about a 4- hour drive from Seattle, WA, and a 1.5 hour drive from Portland, OR. Rent a car from either airport and head to the coast for a little relaxation.

Courtyard Cannon Beach Hotel


  • Cannon Beach Bakery240 N Hemlock Street, Coaster Village– Haystack bread is the specialty but the Danish pastries are what will bring me back.
  • Insomnia Coffee  Company, 139 West 2nd Street– Pull up a seat, let the kids play for a bit while you enjoy a Aztec Mocha topped with chocolate whipped cream, or an ice chai on a warm day. You won’t be sorry.
  • Pig ‘N Pancake223 S. Hemlock Street– easy breakfast everyone will love. Pancakes, bacon, crepes, and more will fill your bellies before you go off to explore for the day.
  • Lazy Susan Cafe, 126 N. Hemlock Street- The lineup may not be worth it, but this cozy spot has good oatmeal waffles if you are in the mood.
  • Crepe Neptune175 2nd Street, big fan of the Cannon Beach crepe- Prosciutto, chevre goat cheese, fig and honey. The salmon crepe is equally good, but leave room for dessert!
  • The Local Grill and Scoop, 156 N Hemlock Street– easy, traditional american breakfasts the whole family can love.
  • Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse188 N Hemlock Street– fantastic burgers! It’s seat yourself, so you may need to wait a few minutes for a table. Mike enjoyed the beer.
  • Fishes Sushi and Japanese Cuisine, 240 N Hemlock Street– the only sushi spot in town. A limited menu may mean less options, but they are tasty and worth a bite.
  • Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge, 179 N Hemlock Street– very family-friendly dinner spot with dishes on the pricey side, but the staff makes it all worth it. Fish dishes can be heavy on the butter and cream, so come hungry and don’t load up on appetizers.
  • Grocery Stores: There is a small market in town, but prices are high. Head up to Seaside to the Safeway to load up on food if you have a kitchen at your hotel or rental home.


  • Car: Renting (or bringing your own) car is highly recommended if you plan on doing any extended exploring of the area.
  • Bikes: Bike rentals are available in town if you would like


  • Ecola State Park
  • Hug Point State Park
  • Explore tide pools
  • Sunset walks on the beach
  • Fire pit cook out on the beach
  • Shopping
  • Biking
  • Fly kites


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