21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

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Cape Arago State Park, Coos Bay, Oregon
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Cape Arago State Park

Coos Bay, Oregon

Pack your hiking boots for a Pacific Northwest beach escape on the fringe of Coos Bay. In addition to three sandy coves, the cape has rich tide pools, seal and sea lion colonies, and bounteous beach fishing. Whales can often be seen offshore.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Read our review.

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