This is part of our Pacific Coast Road Trip Series with Caravan Outfitter! So far we’ve camped at La Push Second Beach, explored Cape Disappointment, and soaked in the sun at Cannon Beach. Cape Kiwanda will be our second sleeping stop on the trip. Click here for the full itinerary!
Cape Kiwanda was our last stop of the day. We were looking forward to this spot the most, because we could drive onto the beach! I was okay to snap a photo or two, but off-roading isn’t really my thing (another story for another day). We did some research on the way down, and driving on the beach is allowed, but only in a few places. However, there is no access between midnight and 4am, so this means you aren’t allowed to camp on the beach or in the parking lot. There are some campgrounds nearby, but since we had a camper van we simply parked in a quiet neighborhood and slept in the car.
Before exploring the sand dunes nearby, we opened the back of the van to make some dinner. We had purchased fully-cooked pasta from Trader Joes, and simply boiled it to make a quick meal.
Here’s our dinner set-up. The van we used had an easy pull out counter for quick cooking, and many drawers to store our kitchen items. For this meal, we used a butane canister, a snow peak stove connector, and a metal pot. Throw some water and pasta together, and let cook! Super easy!
This day had been full of off and on again rain. We were expecting much of the same here at Cape Kiwanda. Being the Seattlites we are, poor weather wouldn’t stop us from exploring! We headed straight up the sand dunes to find the best perspective for sunset.
Read More: How To Survive Camping In The Rain
One thing we appreciated about Cape Kiwanda were the many beautiful textures and colors of the sand dunes. Even with the poor weather, we were blown away by the richness of the earth, the bright greens of the bushes, and the colorful flowers that spread across the plateau!
Visiting Cape Kiwanda was part of our Pacific Coast Road Trip with Caravan Outfitter. If you’d like to know more about the van we used and how we lived in it for 10 days, check out these links here!
- Blog Post: 9 Lessons We Learned Living In A Van For 10 Days
- Camper Van Website: Caravan Outfitter
- Blog Post: Our Pacific Coast Route
Have you visited Cape Kiwanda? What was your favorite memory from there? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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