Short Beach

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Short Beach


  • View of Short Beach and Cape Meares from Bayshore Drive.- Short Beach
  • Short Beach's pebbly shore and not-so-natural waterfall.- Short Beach
  • Short Beach.- Short Beach
  • View out toward Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.- Short Beach
  • Gooseneck barnacles (Pedunculata).- Short Beach
  • Gooseneck barnacles (Pedunculata), California mussels (Mytilus californianus), acorn barnacles (Balanus glandula) and thatched barnacles (Semibalanus cariosus).- Short Beach
  • Giant green anemone and purple starfish.- Short Beach
  • Acorn barnacles (Balanus glandula) and ribbed limpets (Lottia digitalis).- Short Beach
  • The runoff of the culvert creates the look of an almost natural waterfall. Cape Meares in the distance.- Short Beach
  • A warm glow from the setting sun near Short Beach illuminates the tiny barnacles clung to the rocky little cove.- Short Beach
  • A somewhat long exposure of the foamy waves gives a soft feel to the rugged beach.- Short Beach
  • Stars over Short Beach.- Short Beach
  • Rain moving in over Short Beach.- Short Beach
  • Sunset at Short Beach.- Short Beach
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Overview + Weather
Relatively secluded beach. Great tidepools.
Only a small, pebbly shore at high tide.
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Short Beach is a wonderfully secluded and serene cove that is nestled near the idyllic seaside community of Oceanside, just north of Three Arches National Wildlife Refuge. The beach is named for Short Creek, which has a mouth at the south end; while not expansive, Short Beach isn't named for its size, either. After making your way down the eclectic, locally-built wooden staircase, enjoy all of what this secluded beach has to offer. Hunt for sea shells, fly a kite, relax with a picnic on the beach’s sandy shore, or break out the binoculars for a glimpse of the seabirds at Three Arches. Also, consider wading to look for marine life on the rock outcroppings, home to the giant green anemone, purple starfish, California mussels, acorn barnacles, ribbed limpets and goose barnacles.

Note:  The sandy shore at Short Beach isn't exposed until low tide, so if you are visiting at high tide, prepare for a pebbly beach.

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