According to a recent online article in The Huffington Post, Cannon Beach tops the list of the 10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season. Key reasons cited are smaller crowds, empty swaths of sandy beaches and lower lodging rates in September and beyond.
Specifically, the article points out how Cannon Beach visitors can cozy up into the evening with a twilight bonfire and a fine bottle of wine to watch some of the year’s most incredible sunsets. Unlike other beaches, there is no rule against alcohol on the Oregon coastline.
Exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock was also highlighted. And, it goes on to point out that the wildlife really comes out when the crowds disperse, with lots of bird watching along the shore and at neighboring Ecola State Park where visitors can watch for elk and migrating grey whales offshore.
Storm chasers are advised that that fall and winter’s unpredictable weather that can bring crashing waves, best enjoyed from an oceanfront hotel. Fortunately, Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms and suites are perfect for that.
Other notable beaches highlighted in the article include Moshup Beach, Massachusetts, near Martha’s Vineyard, Kennebunk Beach, in Maine, Sunset Beach, North Carolina and Pfeiffer Beach, California’s Highway 1, near Big Sur. Rounding out the list are Shi Shi Beach, in the Olympic National Park, WA; Mackinac Island, Michigan; Cove Beach, New Jersey and Malaquite Beach, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.