Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
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Jennifer R
Dallas, OR12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Love Cape Kiwanda, it's a gorgeous place, particularly if you climb the dune at the base of the cape for the best view. Get in shape first, though, it's quite a climb! Bonuses: Sometimes you'll see dory boats, surfers, and even whales. There are restaurants, bars, a brewery, bakeries, coffee shops, a surf shop, cannabis dispensaries, and art galleries in the small town of Pacific City.
Written 25 March 2021
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back2Idaho
Caldwell, ID316 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
After having lived in the Tillamook and Lincoln County areas for nearly 40 years, we were very saddened to see that beach access is no longer free. At least in the Pacific City area. There is a $10 parking fee at almost every possible place to park in and near town with beach access. And it doesn't matter if you are the only vehicle there on a terrible stormy day. We could understand parking fees on summer weekends and holidays, as well as for special events. Pacific City used to be a magical place to visit and to enjoy the beach, the dunes, the dory boats, etc. Now it is a place to avoid. What a shame.
Written 22 November 2023
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timrage00
Portland, OR74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This place is not really advertised or labelled. you need to park in the public lot next to the Pelican Brewery at Pacific City and walk down the beach to the Dune. Once there, you can go straight up, or veer either right or left; it seems the left side is the most gradual incline, which was important to us. There are no railings or improvements and it can be tough hiking up the sand. But worth it for the view.
Written 11 December 2020
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We stayed up the beach at the Kiwanda Cove area in an AirBNB and walked the beach to CKSNA and checked out the exposed rock at low tide. These were the best tide pools that we saw on our trip with hundreds of starfish and a wild assortment of wildlife. I walked up the dune to the top to get some cool pictures and we enjoyed watching the surfers do their thing. There was not a lot of wind the morning that we walked down there, which was nice, since the evening before we had to deal with blowing sand by our rental house.
Written 27 October 2023
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John J
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Got an email a week before, stating rate increase. However, honored old rate upon arrival. Pizza place closed, bathrooms smelly, water backup in showers, if working, floors filthy, sinks, if working were disgusting. Lots of stalls out of toilet paper. Most keypads not working properly either. Pool, spa closed along with the gym, until further notice. BUT still paying for it. So, you get less amenities AND you increase the price?!

Here is the bathroom checklist, that I took on 3/24/22. The last time it was cleaned was on 3/18/22.

This park has definitely gone down hill with the new owners and after 14 years of taking our family here for spring break, we will not be returning.
Written 26 March 2022
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Anthony C
Broomfield, CO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Had a great weekend visit to Pacific City, Oregon with a stay at the Surf & Sand Inn, a cute retro motel right on the main road into town. We didn't know it when we arrived, but we came in time for the bid Dory Days celebration which had a nice parade and all of the dory boats were shown off and lots of candy tossed to the kids on the streets. We of course went to the Pelican Brewery which has the best view in the world overlooking Haystack Rock and the ocean. Great beer, tourist priced food, very pricey! Had great fish and chips at the Sportsman Pub, local hangout and prices. Truly a locals bar which serves up big portions of pub grub. Took a short drive up the coast to Tillamook and stopped at the cheese factory. A must see just for the samples! Looking forward to another visit!
Written 31 July 2023
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bentleythebloodhound
Walla Walla, WA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
My favorite spot on the Oregon Coast!! The hill is awesome and the beach is so beautiful. Great restaurant near by. Lots of dogs and people during the weekend and then we had the beach to ourselves (almost) during the week. This was our first visit to this area and we already booked our fall trip!
Written 8 June 2020
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MommaSays71
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We've been coming to this beach for the past 5 summers. Although it can be busy and cars are allowed on the beach, there are four very special attributes that come to mind. The pristine beach has a tidepool area where at low tide you can find so many wonderful sea creatures you will keep your kids entertained for hours! When the tide is high, I like to just sit on the rocks and watch the beauty of the waves coming in. It is an excellent location for building sandcastles. I have seen so many variations of sandcastles and what's even more heartwarming, so many collaborations take form on the beach through the building of sandcastles. There is an enormous sand dune at the end of the beach which if you can climb, allows for breathtaking 180-degree views of the sea. It's pretty exciting to see the fisherman drive their dory boats in every afternoon with their catch.
Written 29 June 2020
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The sand dune looks tall, we walked to a lower point first, and didn’t think it was difficult. We walked along the fence, looked at the area, it was beautiful. We were there at high tide, so we didn’t see any tide pools. It was worth the time to visit here. $10 to pay at a machine.
Written 23 September 2022
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RachelRoamsAround
Tacoma, WA230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We stopped at Cape Kiwanda while driving the Three Capes Scenic Route. We drove from Neskowin, so Cape Kiwanda was our first stop. If you watch the tide times, you can visit the tide pools which were amazing! I cannot say enough good things about the tide pools.

Please, don’t be like some people and climb in top of them-it kills living things. Also, parents-watch your children and teach them how to appropriately touch the starfish and other sea creatures (sea slugs, fish, sea anemones, etc.)
Written 23 July 2020
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