"The best little beach in Oregon!" Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site by deWilde

The best place to explore

We've lived in Portland about eight years and I JUST found this beach. We have always favored Cannon Beach (3 miles north on 101) because during the low tides you have great tide pools by Haystack Rock. Little did we know that you have an equal amount of tide pools at Arcadia Beach but I would say the on the whole the beach is better.

The beach is smaller and the parking is first come first serve. They have a bathroom (upscale pit toilet) near the main train entrance - which is handy. The trail to the beach is nicely layered making for an easy decent. Once on the beach you have an open area to the left and rocks to the right.

The best time to visit is during low tide as you can walk around the cliff to the other side of the beach towards Cannon Beach. There are some rock formations near this area that have some of the best tide pool exhibits I have seen in a while. Just remember to respect the living organisms and if you should take something away from the area to share with others – put it back before you leave. We don’t want the park district limiting our access to explore and touch but they will if it looks like we are having a negative impact on the environment.

Stay for the sunset

When visiting any beach I recommend staying at least once for the sunset. The sunsets are different everyday and it is amazing to sit and listen to the waves rolling in as the sun falls off the horizon.
You should note that you will want to have your camera ready for pictures as the sun literally drops off very quickly. It is amazing how the light reflects off the water and, when out, the clouds. It is almost depressing to think that the only reason we get these wonderful sunsets is because of the pollution in the air.

Throw some shrimp on the Barbie!

Other than staying for the sunsets we also love BBQing chicken skewers and making smores. If you think ahead and get a crab license you might find a crab while you are out playing in the water and then you can have it for dinner. We have always found at lease one crab but usually two every time we are there.

A second benefit to the fire is that it works great for warming up once the sun has gone down. You need to make sure that you dig the pit down at least 6-12 inches. Mainly this is to help you when you leave as you need to put the fire out. If you have a small pit you can easily bury it with sand.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great tide pools, great sun exposure
  • Cons:None!
  • In a nutshell:My favorite beach!
  • Last visit to Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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