Everyone loves a good beach trip. The soft sand, rolling ocean waves, and warm sun overhead combine to make a relaxing experience that can soothe and rejuvenate.
In the northwest, we pride ourselves on our miles of secluded wilderness where you can escape and unwind - and that includes our beaches. If you know where to go, you can find quiet stretches of beach paradise that are full of coastal beauty but empty of overcrowding.
So you can take the relaxing beach vacation you deserve, here are the five best-secluded beaches in the Northwest!
Cove Beach, Oregon
Also known as “Magic Rocks Beach,” Cove Beach offers visitors a stunning waterfront scene that’s, well, magical. Hidden behind a forested residential area just north of Cape Falcon, the beach is known for the millions of smooth volcanic cobblestones that line its shores. Each end of the beach is flanked by impressive rock formations, forming a sheltered stretch of paradise that’s buffered from the sea wind and prying eyes.
The key to enjoying cove beach is knowing when to visit. At low tide, a long stretch of sand is exposed that’s perfect for a quiet afternoon stroll. High tide makes it tricky to navigate the beach, but the waves breaking over the rocks create a uniquely soothing sound many visitors consider the best part of the trip.
How to get there: On Highway 101, turn west at mile marker 37 onto Falcon Cove Road. After about a half-mile, veer right at the Y onto Columbia Street. Follow this road until you reach Tide Avenue, where you’ll find the trail to Cove Beach.
Where to stay: Keep your quiet seclusion going at Santo Cristo, a private retreat just minutes from Cove Beach. This sprawling northwest home features four stunning skywalls that overlook the Pacific Ocean, a modern coastal design, and a full acre of surrounding wilderness for perfect privacy.
Tierra Del Mar Beach, Oregon
Don’t blink or you might miss the two-mile stretch of pristine beach that is Tierra Del Mar. Sandwiched between Cape Kiwanda to the south and Cape Lookout to the north, this secluded stretch of paradise is surrounded by lusciously dense forests that hide its beauty in plain sight.
The beach features a long stretch of soft sand that’s blissfully undisturbed by crowded feet. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled when you visit; look to the skies to catch a glimpse of soaring paragliders flying from the cliffs or search the shore for the elusive moonstone agates that hide among the sand.
How to Get There: The small community of Tierra Del Mar can be found right off Three Capes Scenic Route. As you pass through the lush forest canopies and sprawling homesteads, keep your eyes peeled for a small stretch of secluded beach.
Where to Stay: La Playa Luna #175 is the perfect home base for exploring Tierra Del Mar. It’s the last beachfront home on the shore and features wraparound decks, giving you unmatched views from any side of the house. With a spacious design and modern amenities, it’s the best way to enjoy your beachside seclusion in comfort.
Nestled at the base of the Neahkahnie Mountain, the area around Nehalem is awash in stunning coastal scenery. This quaint riverside town is home to Nehalem Bay State Park, a four-mile sand spit that separates the Pacific Ocean from Nehalem Bay. Take a quick hop over rolling sand dunes to find the beach, a secluded stretch of sand that offers soaring mountain views and refreshing sea spray. It’s a popular spot for wildlife watching, crabbing, and clamming, and provides a great starting point for a jaw-dropping hike up the mountain.
How to Get There: Nehalem is a scenic two-hour drive west of Portland. On U.S. Highway 101, take a left at the Shell Station between Manzanita and Nehalem to turn onto Necarney City Road. Travel 1 ½ mile down and follow the signs to the park entrance.
Where to Stay: The Purcell House is a perfect portrait of the Oregon wilderness with its sweeping ocean views and manicured lawns. When you’re not lounging on your outdoor patio or oceanfront deck, you’re a short five-minute walk from the renowned Manzanita beach that leads directly into the soft sands of the park.
Comox, British Columbia
Visitors often overlook the seaside community of Comox, which is a shame - but much to your benefit. The town is flanked on either side by miles of soft, sandy beaches that offer the perfect amount of quiet coastal seclusion.
Families will love exploring Kye Bay Beach with its vibrant tide pools, warm ocean waves, and sweeping mountain views. The uniquely warm sand heats the ocean waves to an ideal swimming temperature and is perfect for building sandcastles. Pack a picnic lunch to spend the day collecting oysters and clams, exploring the tide pools, and birdwatching.
You can also head to Goose Spit Regional Park, a sand spit that noses into Comox Harbour. A long stretch of sandy and rocky shoreline offers convenient fire pits and comfy logs where you can relax and enjoy a seaside bonfire. Brant geese use the beach as a migratory stop during the spring, so keep your eyes peeled for a goose or gaggle!
Where to Stay: The magnificent Kye Bay Beach is your backyard at Kye Bay Winter Beach House. This beautiful oceanfront home is steps from the shore and has multiple outdoor spaces for enjoying the scenery. Its spacious 3-bedroom design makes this home perfect for families or groups looking to enjoy the beach life in Comox.
Silver Point, Oregon
Stroll along the southern end of Cannon Beach and you’ll find Silver Point, a low headland that offers panoramic ocean views, bustling tide pools, and abundant birdwatching. Its soaring basalt rock formations shelter a hidden beach accessible only at low tide, where brave explorers can enjoy secluded beach bliss and undisturbed scenery. Be sure to bring a camera - with sweeping views of Haystack Rock to the north and Hug Point to the south, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime shot.
How to Get There: Park at the Tolovana Park wayside and walk along the beach about a mile to the south. The beach beyond Silver Point is only accessible at low tide, so tread carefully!
Where to Stay: Tucked into a lush forest near the south entrance of Cannon Beach, Eagle View is a short walk from Silver Point and Haystack Rock. You’ll love relaxing around your front yard firepit as you take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding trees!