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Best Beaches in Portland, Oregon – Top 10 Portland Beaches

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 13th, 2020 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

The biggest and most crowded city in the state of Oregon is the amazing Portland. Though filled with skyscrapers and buildings, it has two rivers; the Columbia River and Willamette River. With rivers in the area along come beautiful beaches in Portland, Oregon.

After going to historical and science museums, scenic gardens, fun parks, and amazing malls relax and unwind at the beaches Portland offers.

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The best time to visit here is in September and October as temperatures are not that hot nor too cold, and there is water on the coast. Most travelers also choose to go from May to August. From May to June there’s the Portland Rose Festival where you can have more fun and feel the culture of the locals.

Here are the best beaches in Portland, Oregon

1. Collins Beach


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On an Island in Portland named Sauvie Island lies a nude beach called Collins Beach, one of the best beaches in Portland, Oregon. With one mile of sand and river it’s trendy especially to those who want to don their birthday suit. It’s also dog-friendly. The people are also friendly; however, you might want to bring a friend especially if you’re a woman since there are some weirdos in the world. But have a blast and enjoy the river and the sun!

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Oak Meadows Inn

2. Sellwood Riverfront Park


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If you want to find the best spot to bring your furry friends, then, Sellwood Riverfront Park is where you should go. With 7.5 acres of space and a place near the Willamette River, it’s a local’s favorite spot to enjoy the sun, river, and spend time with their family or friends. It’s a pebble beach so make sure you bring your sea shoes so your feet won’t get hurt. It’s also a great place to swim for little ones be-it two-legged or four-legged. Sellwood’s beach is one of the best beaches in Portland, Oregon.

Recommended Hotel: River’s Edge Hotel

3. George Rogers Park Beach


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A fantastic little beach found in a park is George Rogers Park Beach. Take your family here to enjoy a weekend or a holiday; you can go paddleboarding on the river, kayaking, or swimming. It’s great for kids as the waters are calm and there are free life jackets. You can bring your pets too! In case you want to do other activities, there are trails, tennis courts, and other fields.

Recommended Hotel: Lakeshore Inn

4. Cottonwood Beach

Your next favorite spot is Cottonwood Beach. Go away from the crowds and enjoy the clean river and lovely sand with your family on a getaway to this beach. If you have an event, you can reserve an area for you to enjoy. It’s a huge beach with few crowds and well-maintained facilities. Enjoy the cool river and the gorgeous scenery in this well-loved gem.

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Plus Parkersville Inn and Suites

5. Rooster Rock State Park

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A state park in Oregon named after a Rooster Rock is a beach that has a part that is clothing optional. Rooster Rock State Park beach offers you not only a stunning view but also to enjoy it on your birthday suit, don’t worry you can also wear clothes there. There are trees that will give you shade by the beach in case you forgot your umbrella or don’t like sunbathing. With cool waters, you would love spending a sunny day at one of the beaches in Portland, Oregon.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge Gateway

6. Kelley Point Park


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Want to see two rivers in one day? Well, go to Kelley Point Park where one side is Columbia River and the other Willamette River. Due to strong currents, there are parts of the river that you are not allowed to swim. However, it’s a beautiful park with a great view, great shade, and a stunning sunset.  There are hiking paths and picnic areas; you will have a great time enjoying the best of two rivers.

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Inn at the Meadows

7. Walton Beach


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Walton Beach is a family-friendly beach in Sauvie Island by the Columbia River. This is another long sandy beach great for swimming and sunbathing. The good news for some people is that it’s not a nude beach, unlike Collin Beach so that you could bring your kids and pets. It’s trendy, so you might want to go early especially on weekends. With shallow sandy water, it’s one of the best beaches in Portland Oregon.

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Oak Meadows Inn

8. Broughton Beach Park

Alongside Colombia River is a park giving you one of the best beaches in Portland, Oregon. There are parking areas, functioning bathrooms, and trails along this quaint beach. As this is popular especially on weekends or holidays, you might need to go early to find a parking space. It’s another great beach to bring your family (pets included) or friends to swim, hang-out, or have a picnic by the beach. You could enjoy plane spotting after your swim.

Recommended Hotel: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

9. Poet’s Beach


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The Poet’s Beach is found along the Willamette River is an urban beach near Marquam Bridge. You can find poems written by school kids on the boulders, hence its name. It’s wheelchair accessible and has a trail. However, there are no more lifeguards around so don’t go swimming alone. It’s a great place to enjoy a time-out of the bustling city; you can get a spot and get inspired. It’s one of the best beaches in Portland, Oregon.

Recommended Hotel: Hyatt House Portland

10. Peach Beach

Going to Peach Beach, one of the best beaches in Portland, Oregon, is a tough journey, but arriving here is worth it. Enjoy this secret hideaway and get some peace while enjoying the views, especially the stunning sunset. It’s also a great place to enjoy some bonfire and beers with friends.

Recommended Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel and Fisher’s Landing

Portland is a great city to spend time if you are in the USA. You can visit museums, gardens, parks, historical sites, and beaches. You won’t get bored at this side of the state as there are many things to do! Pack your new swimwear or go bold (there are clothing-optional beaches) as you go to the best beaches in Portland, Oregon.

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