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Gearhart Beach

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Gearhart Beach access from the Pacific Way entry.- Gearhart Beach
  • A view south from Gearhart Beach to Seaside.- Gearhart Beach
  • The Pacific Way entrance to Gearhart Beach looking south to Seaside.- Gearhart Beach
  • The Pacific Way entrance to Gearhart Beach.- Gearhart Beach
  • Sand dollars galor at Gearhart Beach.- Gearhart Beach
  • An expansive sandbar at Gearhart Beach.- Gearhart Beach
  • Driving in the sand at Gearhart Beach.- Gearhart Beach
  • Bird food at Gearhart Beach. - Gearhart Beach
  • Picnic tables and grills at Gearhart Beach.- Gearhart Beach
  • Restroom facilities at the Pacific Way beach entrance.- Gearhart Beach
  • Basketball and tennis courts at the Pacific Way beach entrance.- Gearhart Beach
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Pros: 
Large beach with space to spread out. Well-maintained restrooms and picnic area near parking lot.
Cons: 
Minimal amenities near the beach.
Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Long and sandy Gearhart Beach offers significant attractions while remaining consistently less crowded than the neighboring beach of Seaside to the south. If you access Gearhart Beach from Highlands Lane, you’ll be able to drive your vehicle out onto the beach, where you can travel as far North as Warrenton—about 8 miles of beach—or go a short distance to the south to the Pacific Way beach entrance. While entering the beach from Pacific Way will not allow you to drive your vehicle out onto the beach, you’ll have access to indoor restrooms, basketball and tennis courts, and picnic areas.

At the beachfront you can hunt for sand dollars at low tide or try clamming. You’re also allowed to build a fire on Gearhart Beach, but burning driftwood is prohibited. The long and relatively flat beach is also perfect for kite-flying, long jogs and sand volleyball (bring your own net). In addition, when the tide is out, you’ll be able to walk out onto large sandbars jutting into the ocean. Be sure to explore these “temporary peninsulas” for sand dollars, but keep an eye on the water level or else you’ll be wading back to dry land through a waste-deep current.

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