One of the last few frontiers on the Pacific Ocean, the Beaver State ranges through redwoods and ancient pine groves, spilling down to beaches that look like no other human has ever set foot on them. But there are also some places where life fizzes and the boardwalk buzzes. That's why this guide's so important for vacationers. It brims with inspiration on the best spots for booking Oregon beach rentals to suit you and your crew…
Seaside, Oregon, vacation rentals – a family favorite
You could be forgiven for thinking that you'd hopped across the states to the East Coast the moment you step outside the door of your Seaside, Oregon, rental. There's a boardwalk. There's a white-tinted beach of beige sand. There are bikes and rollerbladers whizzing this way and that. It's the family-fun mainstay of the Oregon Coast, where seafood eateries combine with gaming arcades to give something for all ages.
Surf Pines – where land meets sea
Surf Pines was developed into a purpose-built gated community in the 1940s. These days, it's just north of Gearhart and Seaside, and has homes that fringe the gorgeous Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site. They get you close to the rollers and put activities like coastal horse riding and beachcombing on the menu. What's more, their proximity to the boardwalk town mentioned above means they can be good options for anyone in search of affordable oceanside vacation rentals in Seaside, OR.
Picture-perfect coast in Pacific City
Hitting the travel brochures thanks to the stunning Cape Kiwanda reserve, Pacific City is hardly a city at all. It's known for its sleepy, laid-back fishing vibe, and the snaking rivers that wiggle down to its center from the ridges of Tillamook County. Surfing and hiking take center stage here, and you'll be able to pick between vacation homes on Cape Kiwanda Drive – close to the nature parks – or along Green Acres Beach nearer to the center of town.
The fabled Cannon Beach
If you have time to visit just one beach town in Oregon, make it Cannon Beach. It's everything you've dreamt of from the wild Pacific Northwest. Scraggly pines droop down arrowhead mounts of rock and stone, while the mighty Haystack Rock juts from the ocean like something dropped by a UFO. It's amazing stuff, and there are even Oregon beach rentals that offer rooftop decks and yards with front-row views over it all.
Newport is the hub of the Central Coast
Almost halfway between the Columbia Gorge and the California state line, the major fishing port of Newport isn't about just one beach. It's about a whole cascade of them. From Nye Beach, where quirky West Coast cottages huddle between gift shops and galleries, through to South Beach on the 101, where a pet-friendly policy keeps vacationers with Fido in tow coming back for more, you're going to have loads of options to consider here.
Be wowed by Dunes City
Wedged enticingly between Siltcoos Lake, the Coast Range, and the great Oregon Dunes, Dunes City might not be right on the beach, but it's got access to some of the most awesome coastline the state has to offer. Head west and you'll hit undulating sand hills that go on for miles – 4X4 adventures and dune buggying are part of the adventure. Go a little north and you can find more Oregon beach rentals around Florence, where the coast is known for its whale watching and lighthouses.