These Great Experiences are Reasons You’ll Love a Spring Getaway to Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach makes a great destination any time of year, but there are some truly remarkable experiences that only a spring visit will offer. On a spring visit, you not only avoid the summertime crowds, but you’ll be able to watch for our colorful Tufted Puffins, explore freshly exposed tidepools, attend a special event and maybe catch a spouting whale.
Freshest tidepools of the year
Spring low tides may be the best time of year to see the colorful life in our tidepools. The season offers increasingly low tides, exposing some intertidal areas that have been mostly underwater for months. Winter storms and heavy surf often scours sand from intertidal areas making tidepool creatures their most visible. At locations like Haystack Rock, Lion Rock at Arcadia Beach and the rocks at Silver Point, look for sea stars, hermit crabs, darting sculpin, green anemones and many more interesting creatures. Keep your eye out for colorful sea slugs known as nudibranchs. Visit during one of spring’s minus tides for best viewing.
Spot a spout
Gray Whales begin their annual northward migration in March, but the spring migration is a leisurely one for the whales as they linger to feed or lead their newborn calves slowing along the coastline past Cannon Beach. They are frequently observed through late spring. Keep your eye out for spouts whenever you have an elevated view of the ocean. Ecola State Park, the dunes along the beach, and almost any upper floor beachfront hotel room are good locations to spot a spout.
Welcome back our puffins
Tufted Puffins return to nest on Haystack Rock each April, offering the most accessible place in the Pacific Northwest to see these colorful birds. The puffins have become something of a star in Cannon Beach and their annual return is a celebrated event. Spring is also a great time for observing other seabirds like the thousands of Common Murres that return to nest in crowded colonies, shoulder to shoulder on the bare top of near-shore rocks. Bring your binoculars and focus on Haystack Rock and Bird Rocks off Chapman Point in the north end of Cannon Beach for the most spectacular seabird displays. While you’re looking, you’ll also likely spot nesting cormorants, gulls, Pigeon Guillemots, and Black Oystercatchers.
Escape the crowds
Although spring break weeks result in an increase in visitors, spring is a great time to visit without the crowds of summer. It may be the most beautiful time of the year to experience the Oregon Coast we love, showers, dramatic skies, and all. Bring your raingear so the weather doesn’t slow you down and you may just experience the time of your life as the landscape bursts with endless shades of green and nature shows off all its glory.
Discover fun springtime events
Plan to visit during an event weekend to truly immerse yourself in the creative culture of our little beach town. Due to COVID-19 some events may be limited, postponed, or canceled. Visit our event calendar for a list of current scheduled events. In previous years, spring events included: Get Lit at the Beach, Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, North Coast Culinary Fest, Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival, and Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. Keep an eye on those event pages for 2021 updates.