What to Know about Cannon Beach Tides

Situated right on the shoreline in Cannon Beach, Tolovana Inn is the ideal location for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of Oregon’s coast. As one of the state’s favorite beach communities, everyone from families to couples will have fun discovering all there is to do and see throughout town. Thanks to its coastal location, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in or near the water. However, before setting off on your adventure, it’s important to understand the tides in Cannon Beach.

How Changing Tides Can Affect Your Outing

Something as simple as the changing tides may not seem like a big deal, but it can significantly impact activities. The moon’s gravitational pull causes sea levels to change by advancing and retreating along the shoreline. If the water is as high up the shore as it’ll go, this is called high tide. Low tide is when the water recedes as far as it’ll go.

There are generally two high tides and two low tides a day. However, these occurrences don’t happen at the same time each day, so it’s essential to check a tide table before heading out on your excursion. Knowing when the tide is coming and going means you can decide the best time to head out on your coastal adventure.

  • For the best surfing, go between high and low tide
  • The hour before and after high and low tide, known as slack tide, is the best for swimming
  • Anglers will want to cast their lines about an hour before low tide, known as falling tide
  • If you want to go beachcombing, set out about two to three hours before low tide

One of the most well-known landmarks in the area, Haystack Rock, is surrounded by tide pools. Exploring these sites is one of the most unique things you can do on vacation and is best done right before low tide. You might just see everything from sea stars to anemones and other marine creatures.

Unwind after Exploring the Pacific Northwest Coastline

No matter where your Cannon Beach outing takes you, like exploring tide pools during low tides or discovering The Goonies filming locations, rest easy knowing you have a cozy place to call home. Booking your getaway to Tolovana Inn means staying at an incredible resort right on the ocean.

Our accommodations range from rooms to suites, so we can host groups of all sizes. We even have a limited number of pet-friendly suites if you’re wanting to bring your four-legged friends along. Before turning in for the night, enjoy a night under the stars at the beach fire pits or get a quick workout in at the fitness center. For more information about the resort or special offers, call 503-436-2211.

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