a couple on driftwood, overlooking the ocean during their Oregon coast elopement.

Top 3 Elopement Locations Along the Oregon Coast

Your Beach Elopement Guide To The Oregon Coast


Have you ever wondered which of those magical beaches in Oregon would be the best one for your elopement!? I am here to give you the complete low down, from location, to planning, to nearby towns, to adventurous activities, and more!

The Oregon Coast is one those places that doesn’t seem real, offering everything — think forests, mountains, high desert, cliff side beaches, waterfalls and hot springs — that makes for the perfect elopement!

When it comes to activities along the Oregon Coast for your adventure elopements, you have all sorts of options: try hiking, surfing, a picnic on the beach, a fire on the beach, horseback rides, searching for sea life, or flying a kite! The state is truly an elopement gold mine… but where are THE best spots? I’ve got your back.

The Best Elopement Locations on the Oregon Coast

Note: all of these locations will be the most beautiful at sunset! However, if you want to avoid crowds, consider a sunrise elopement or private vow reading. The best time of year is late spring to mid fall, but these are all locations that could be used year round too. Beaches can be busy on the weekends during the summer, so consider a weekday elopement!

a couple embracing as they elope on the Oregon coast, overlooking the beach from the cliffs.

Southern Oregon Coast Elopement – Brookings, OR

Do not be fooled by the fact that these beaches are not the easiest to get to, because they are the most dramatic in their cliffs, creating unreal sunsets and more privacy than most of the beaches in the state. Some of the beach trails range from a half mile to over three miles, so there is plenty of adventure along the coast here — not to mention nearby parks, gardens and trails through forest.

Just about 15 minutes south of the beaches, you have a Redwoods trail that goes through groves up to 800 years old! If you are coming in from California, you can stop and see the Redwoods at the State Park as well for a taste of home. This location truly offers the best beach location for a full day elopement.

How do you get to the Southern Oregon Coast?

The closest town to these beautiful coast line is Brookings, Oregon. So, if you are going to elope here, you could fly into Portland, Bend or San Francisco. You will most definitely want to rent a car to be able to get to your destination and different parts of the shore.

Where can you stay in Brookings, Oregon?

The Wild Coast Lookout This Airbnb is a modern look and a perfect nook for just the two of you. It comes complete with a hot tub, perfect for those 60 degree nights along the coast and for some steamy photos after your elopement day! The space has a lot of greenery, offering a great spot for a first look before you head out for your big day.

The Cabin in the Mountains This beautiful cabin is sure to bring you relaxation prior to your elopement day, tucked back in the mountains! It offers two bedrooms, but four beds, so if you plan to bring along any guests, this would be a great spot to consider!

Beach Front Luxury If you are looking for a place to stay for your wedding that has all of the bells and whistles, this is it! The stay has beautiful bedrooms which are perfect to get ready in, a hot tub, a big deck with ocean views, a great kitchen and more! This place will also accommodate you two and a few guests.

a couple on a rock in the middle of the Oregon coast.

Central Oregon Coast Elopement – Cape Kiwanda

Almost in the center of the state and probably the closest to many waterfalls is a surfer’s paradise perfect for an elopement! Here, you can surf together on your big day or grab a beer right on the water. This is a great beach to host a little campfire at post-vows; roast marshmallows, have dinner or read letters from family! Not only can you explore this beach by foot, but also by horseback. Nearby there is opportunity for kayaking, going to the Tillamook Factory for lunch or ice cream, and/or fishing!

How do I get to Pacific City in Oregon?

The closest town to this beach is Pacific City. To get here, the closest airport is Portland, Oregon. From there, you will most likely want to rent a car. If you are driving in from the North or South, I highly recommend driving Highway 101 or Highway 1 all the way up the coast for some pretty epic views along your trip.

Where can you stay for your elopement at Pacific City?

Ocean FrontThis Airbnb is right on the ocean! Sand literally comes right up to the front door. It’s a beautiful place with great views and a classic look.

Ocean Front (Perfect for Guests)This home is super spacious — perfect for you and your guests if you have folks coming along with you. It is also dog friendly and has a hot tub!

Home on the River – This spot is a cute cabin right on the river with its own dock, perfect for just the two of you. The Airbnb offers kayaks if you want to venture out onto the water!

Northern Oregon Coast Elopement – Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is probably the most iconic spot along the Oregon Coast, and for good reason: the town is full of life, has great coffee shops, and the rock has lots of sea life around it. The local Ecola State Park is a beloved spot by local surfers, as well as hikers.

The nearby town, Seaside, is typically a little less busy with great restaurants, swings on the beach, and the perfect spot for a campfire along the shore.

Whichever town you end up in this area will be great for morning walks on the beach with coffee in hand. End the evenings on the shores, too — both locations are relaxing places to be! What this area has to offer doesn’t stop there though — if crowds aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other beautiful beach accesses just south of the town!

How do I get to Cannon Beach and Seaside?

Cannon Beach and Seaside are both closest to Oregon’s Portland airport. If your elopement is part of a bigger trip — say, you’re honey mooning after — then I suggest flying into Portland and then out of Seattle so you can explore either Olympic National Park or Mt. Rainier after! There is a bus that goes from the Portland area to Seaside, so you may not want to rent a car. However, taxi service and Uber are very limited in this area.

Where can I stay at Cannon Beach?

Whimsical CottageThis cottage will give you all of the Pacific Northwest vibes with the wood fireplace, trees surrounding it and ocean views. This is tucked away and perfect for just you two to enjoy your elopement!

Dog Friendly (Perfect for Guests) This is right on the beach, and it’s dog-friendly, so you can bring your little friend along! It comes complete with a hot tub and a deck for grilling and dining.

Mid-Century Home This home is in Seaside, Oregon, with beautiful indoor and outdoor space to spend with just you two or you and your guests. It is a short walk to the beach and the local shops and restaurants.

cannon beach rock in Oregon
traci smiling at camera.

Hey, hey! It’s me, Traci, your Oregon Coast elopement photographer <3

My soul was deeply captured by the magic at Olympic National Park many years ago and set me on the path of elopement photographer. Since then, I have deeply explored the Oregon Coast scouting out elopement locations, capturing couples love stories, and of course vacationing (lol). I am your go-to gal for helping you plan your epic adventure elopement day in the Pacific Northwest and capturing the moments of your love story to preserve forever. My partner/officiant and I spend our Mays through Octobers in the Oregon and Washington area traveling all over in our van, and we cannot wait to connect with you two about your day!

the Oregon coast.

14 Responses

  1. OMG! Love all these location suggestions! I want to go to them all! And that photo of the couple on the rock from afar is freaking amazing! Love!

  2. Love it! Friendly tip – closest International airport to Brookings is in Medford, OR. Cute little airport that flies many of the west coast major airlines and only 2.5 drive away. 🙂

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