Kiwanda Beach - Oregon

• Kiwanda Beach features stunning sandstone cliffs, a rarity along the Oregon Coast
• The majestic Haystack Rock is easily visible from any vantage point on the beach

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Pacific City's Kiwanda Beach is one of popular tourist destinations along the Oregon Coast for various compelling reasons. The shore features picturesque sandstone cliffs, the majestic Haystack Rock, towering dunes, sandy shoreline, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean,  and deep clear-blue waters.

While many sandstone cliffs along the North Oregon Coast have been eroded into sandy shorelines, Cape Kiwanda has persevered, most likely due to the protection of Haystack Rock. Cape Kiwanda is the southernmost cape on the Three Capes Scenic Loop.

Kiwanda Beach's sandy shore extends four miles south from the cape' base to the Nestucca River's mouth. At the heart of Kiwanda Beach lies the iconic Haystack Rock, also recognized as Chief Kiwanda Rock. Positioned one mile offshore, this volcanic monolith is one of three Haystack Rocks along the Oregon Coast, with the most renowned one gracing Cannon Beach and another accessible through Devil's Kitchen Wayside at Bandon.

Kiwanda Beach: Things to Do

Kiwanda is terrific for all beach activities, including hiking, jogging, fat-tire biking, and horseback riding.

During low tide, , the tidepools near the rocks reveal a mesmerizing display of oceanic flora and fauna.

Winter storms move large volumes of sand, revealing the treasure underneath and creating a perfect beachcombing environment.

Surfers are drawn to Kiwanda for the longest waves in Oregon, while fishing enthusiasts converge for surf angling or the unique culture of dory fishing that defines the area.

Kiwanda Beach is a multifaceted haven, inviting visitors to explore its natural wonders and partake in a diverse range of recreational activities.

Kiwanda Beach
Pacific City Beach Entrance
Cape Kiwanda Oregon
Car Entry Area
Cape Kiwanda - Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock View
Cape Kiwanda - Beach
Beach View

Kiwanda Beach Access

Accessing Kiwanda Beach is facilitated through three distinct points: Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, and Bob Straub State Park.

The parking facilities at Cape Kiwanda and the Pacific City entrance are under county jurisdiction, not managed by Oregon State Parks. Visitors using these entrances are subject to a $10 parking fee.

On the other hand, parking at Bob Straub State Park is free, offering an economical option for beachgoers. It's important to note that this entrance provides access to the southern part of the beach.

If you bring a horse trailer, you must use the county parking options.

Pacific City Lodging & Camping

Pacific City offers plenty of accommodation options. Inn at Cape Kiwanda is a fantastic choice. All rooms face the beach, Cape Kiwanda, and Haystack Rock.

Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa nearby provides luxury spa getaways.

If you prefer more simple accommodations in cabins or RVs, please check Hart's Camp Airstream Hotel & RV park, Webb County Campground, or Cape Kiwanda RV Park.

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Pacific City

Kiwanda Beach | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: Oregon State Parks

Amenities: Restrooms, picnic tables
Activities: Beachcombing, fishing, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, tidepool exploring, & nature viewing

Day-use fees: Yes at county parking areas; free at Bob Straub State Park

Kiwanda Beach is located:

  • 24 miles southwest of Tillamook
  • 95 miles southwest of Portland.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Kiwanda Beach

From Pacific City to Cape Kiwanda,

  • Take Cape Kiwanda Drive north
  • Turn left onto Ridge Road then turn right.

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From Pacific City to Bob Straub State Park,

  • Take Sunset Drive South.

The State Park parking area will be in front of you.

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Attention, Fellow Beachgoers!

Unfortunately, our beautiful Pacific Northwest beaches are stained with trash, especially plastic. We at Oregon Discovery, as well as other unaffiliated groups of nature lovers, made a commitment to do our part in keeping our beaches clean, but we need your help too!

Whenever you go out to enjoy nature at your favorite spot, please bring a trash bag or two and help us pick up garbage. Even picking up a little bit here and there will make a huge long-term difference.

Please help us save our beautiful nature for generations to come!

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