Arch Cape is a small and scenic community that sits between several state parks and larger, busier towns. When you are looking for a quiet beach experience, Arch Cape is a scenic, secluded choice. Hiking, whale watching and beachcombing are favorite activities in the area. When you stay in Arch Cape, your vacation cabin, cottage or house will include amenities such as Internet access, a fireplace and an outdoor grill.
The beautiful beaches surrounding Arch Cape include sea stacks and rocky features mixed with wide, sandy beaches. Oswald West State Park is located just south of Arch Cape, and this beautiful, forested area allows you to hike through the cedar rainforest to the beach. This secluded area is one of the most spectacular parks on the Oregon coast.
Hug Point State Park is located a few miles north of Arch Cape, and it is well known for its beautiful beach waterfall that can be seen at low tide. This beach also used to be a stagecoach trail, which is an interesting part of the Oregon coast’s history. The waterfall must be accessed only at low tide as your ability to reach it and return will be limited by the surf.
As a secluded, quiet community, Arch Cape has no shopping opportunities or restaurants, but there are many dining and shopping opportunities to the north and south of Arch Cape. Nine miles south of Arch Cape is the quaint little town of Manzanita, which embraces aspects of both the forest and the beach. Several delicious restaurants, a bakery and a grocery store can be found here along with art galleries and boutiques. The drive to Manzanita through Oswald West State Park is a spectacular one. Five miles north of Arch Cape is the community of Cannon Beach, with many opportunities for shopping in boutiques and art galleries along with a wide variety of restaurants and activities. This busy, vibrant community offers many services.
Hiking, clamming, surfing, kayaking and horseback riding are all outdoor sporting activities that can be enjoyed in the Arch Cape area. With a year-round moderate climate, you can enjoy these activities any time of the year. Breathing in the fresh, salty air and spectacular ocean views during your hike or horseback ride will make your vacation in Arch Cape complete.
Surfing is a sport that is not common in Oregon due to the cold water and cool weather, but there are several locations along the coast that are ideal for surfing, including the Arch Cape area. Surfing equipment rentals can be found in the town of Cannon Beach for your enjoyment during your stay.
The weather on the northern Oregon coast is generally comfortable, but rain and wind are common during all times of the year - especially in the winter. You will benefit from packing a rain jacket and shoes or boots that are water resistant. Renting a vacation home with views of the ocean means you can enjoy watching winter storms roll in to create crashing waves and sea foam in the surf.
Arch Cape is a remote area, and the best way to travel to this area and explore the coastline is by private car or rental car. Some small airports are available for private and charter flights, but the easiest way to travel to Arch Cape is to take a commercial flight to Portland International Airport and make the two-hour drive to Arch Cape. You will want to have a car during your stay so you can travel to restaurants and other services in Cannon Beach and Manzanita. Commercial bus service is also available for traveling to Arch Cape.