Tips for Visiting Cannon Beach During the Busy Summer Season
Summer is the busiest season in Cannon Beach. For several weeks, particularly in July and August, traffic, crowds, parking, and limited availability at hotels and restaurants can make visiting a challenge. Although our most savvy visitors have learned that the other seasons of the year offer the most authentic and enjoyable Cannon Beach experience, summer remains the most popular. If your plans include a summer visit, here are some tips to help you make the most of your stay and avoid possible frustrations.
Summer 2021 - If you’re thinking about visiting Oregon’s coast, remember to be thoughtful of hospitality workers. Our restaurants, hotels, and small businesses have endured a lot this past year, and most are struggling to hire enough staff. So please be flexible with your plans, dine during non-traditional times if possible, or even consider a mid-week visit. Your business means everything to us, and so do your kindness and patience.
Make hotel reservations in advance.
During the busiest weeks of the year, there are often few to zero options for staying in Cannon Beach. If you plan to stay, make sure you have reservations before your visit. The bonus of staying in one of our lodging properties is that you will have parking, and most of Cannon Beach is easily walkable.
Avoid weekend day trips or plan to arrive early.
During the summer, a day trip to Cannon Beach can be frustrating, especially midday on weekends when you can expect to spend more time in traffic and looking for parking than enjoying our town and beach. If you are planning to day-trip to Cannon Beach, plan to arrive as early as possible to find parking and avoid traffic that can slow to a crawl downtown and on both Highway 26 and Highway 101 leading into town.
Find a parking spot early.
Parking can be challenging during this time of year, and the best places to find a spot are usually the larger lots. Arrive early and know where the most likely parking is before you arrive to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Best bets include the lots downtown along Spruce Street, just east of the Information Center along 2nd Street, midtown at Hemlock and Gower, and the Tolovana Wayside. To avoid parking tickets, make sure to park legally and if questions arise, look for one of the friendly Cannon Beach Police bike patrols for help.
Once you’re parked, make the most of our walkable town.
If possible, plan to leave your vehicle at the hotel or your chosen parking spot and take advantage of the fact that Cannon Beach is easy to traverse on foot. Bring everything you need for the day with you to avoid having to return to your car. If walking is not a good option, plan to utilize the local shuttle. The cost to ride is only $1, and route schedules can be found here: nworegontransit.org.
Tips to avoid crowded beaches and restaurants
For less-crowded beaches, check out areas away from downtown and Haystack Rock. Chapman Point to the north and spots south of the Tolovana Wayside often have less foot traffic. Beaches at Arcadia Beach and Hug Point State Recreation Sites, a short drive just south of town, are limited by the available parking, so plan to arrive at those early. Restaurants can also be crowded, so consider dining during off-peak times. Our local markets can also be an excellent source for everything you need for a picnic. Dinner reservations are a must at our most popular restaurants during most of the summer.
Of course, the best solution to avoiding summer frustrations is to avoid the biggest crowds and visit during the other seasons of the year when Cannon Beach offers the ultimate authentic Oregon Coast experiences.
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