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How to Elope on the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is one of the most spectacular places in the United States and arguably the world. It is packed full of a variety of landscapes from cliffs and forests to deserts. 

Location 

There are several state parks and cities that are worth considering for your elopement location, but to concentrate on the coast the top places are Cannon Beach, and Shore Acres State Park. Both locations boast the rugged Oregon coastline with spectacular views.

Permitting

To get married in Oregon you do need a wedding license, an officiant and two witnesses over 18. This being said, the officiant can be whoever you hand the paperwork over to at the courthouse if you would rather have the ceremony be a little more intimate.

When getting married on the beach you do need a beach permit which you can get from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Accessibility

Thankfully, most of the state parks are complete with restrooms and nearby parking for ease. If you wish to go a little further into these parks it will require a bit of a hike, but hiking is not a necessity for views!

There are several airports located down the coastline of Oregon and depending on where your elopement takes place, there should be a corresponding airport located nearby.

Best time of year 

Due to weather and crowd surges, the best time to plan your elopement would be in the early spring or early fall. The Oregon coastline has a rather temperate climate being located in the Pacific Northwest, however they do experience season changes and stay rather busy during the summer months.

Oregon is a prime elopement spot for the couple that craves the stunning views but does not want to have to haul a good way to get there. There are multiple hotels, airports, and bed and breakfasts. There is so much to do within each state park that I would suggest spending at least a few days and taking it all in if at all possible!

Things to Do

What can you do on the Oregon Coast? Here are some things that you can add to your adventurous elopement activities: 

  • Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail
  • Eat fresh seafood
  • Drive the Three Capes Scenic Route
  • Checkout Thor’s Well, which is a coastal sinkhole
  • Explore the state parks and set up a camping site
  • Visit the Yaquina Head Light House
  • Book an ATV ride and explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
  • Explore all the scenic beaches
  • See the sea lion caves
  • Go whale watching

Wildlife You May Encounter 

The Oregon Coast has diverse wildlife and marine life. Some wildlife are whales, sea lions, otters, seals, sea stars, deer and elk, butterflies, and various species of birds. 

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