Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Cape Kiwanda is the southern headland of the Three Capes Scenic Route, which also includes Cape Lookout and Cape Meares.  It is an extremely popular day-use area, and the unfortunate policy that keeps the beach open to vehicles only adds to the congestion of this natural area. However, a short haul up the cape's dunes will quickly put you in a setting that is far more serene.  From atop the cape you’ll get the best views of the eroded yellow sandstone headland, the area's birdlife, Haystack Rock to the southwest, Nestucca Bay to the south, and Cape Lookout to the north.

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Not Required


Open sandy beach. Unique sandstone landform.


Vehicles driving and parked on beach.


Bird watching


Nearby Adventures


One of the most popular and scenic destinations on the Oregon coast. This fragile cape of sandstone provides such a contrasting foreground to the deep blue of the Pacific.
Beautiful sunny day to be on the coast -- lots of people made their way to Cape Kiwanda to surf and play on the dunes. Kites, dogs, and beachcombers all around. We saw a few people stuck up to their axles trying to drive on the beach-- don't spin those tires! You'll get stuck!
Overcast days can also make for some great photography here. We had enough wind to get the experience of the waves crashing into the rocks-- the thunder reverberates around you as you wander through the dunes. A very Oregon experience!
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