Pacific City Beaches

Surfers in Pacific City with Cape Kiwanda in t...
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Pacific City, a small resort town located near the mid-point of the Oregon Coast, has several beaches offering picture-perfect scenery and seasonal activities.

Cape Kiwanda Beach

The first beach, at Cape Kiwanda, features a monolith called Haystack Rock. This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Pacific City and is the world’s fourth largest sea stack. There are actually three off-shore rocks or rock areas in Oregon referred to as Haystack Rock. The most well-known one is close to Cannon Beach in the Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. The other is the Bandon Haystack Rock Rocky Shore area in Coos County. Pacific City’s Haystack Rock attracts not only tourists; but also many animals, such as puffins, terns, crabs, and sea birds, who all make their homes there.

While you are in Pacific City, do not miss your chance to visit Cape Kiwanda. It is located on the Three Capes Scenic Loop that winds through Pacific City and on up the coast to two other famous capes, Cape Lookout and Cape Meares, with Cape Kiwanda being the smallest of the three. This is the place to go to if you are looking for excellent wave action; whether for surfing, playing in the water, or photography.

Along the top and the North side of Cape Kiwanda, families have beach picnics while enjoying the breathtaking views, which change spectacularly as the seasons change. On the South side of Cape Kiwanda, you can watch the launching of the Dory Boats as they head out to sea. A favorite pastime for both children and adults on the south side is climbing to the top of the sandy ridge and then running and sliding down to the bottom. Other activities at this beach are kite flying and hang gliding, to name just a couple.

Bob Straub State Park

The second beach is the Bob Straub State Park, on the south end of Pacific City, with it’s grassy rolling dunes. Again, this is a photographer’s paradise, and one can sometimes witness an open-air wedding during the warmer season.

Beach for Fireworks at Pacific City

A third beach access is right in the middle of the town, directly across from the bridge that crosses the Big Nestucca River. Fourth of July fireworks are set off here, and you can find an excellent viewing spot at the top of the dunes.

You will not have to pay a fee to access these beaches, and fishing and horseback riding is also allowed.  (There are several companies that rent horses for this purpose.)

When all features are taken into account, Pacific City has some of the best beaches in Oregon!

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