The Towns on the Oregon Coast
To the north is Reedsport, the headquarters of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; passes through the Bay Area of Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston; onto the dramatic views of Port Orford, Gold Beachand Brookings; then finishes at Crescent City (CA). Bandon, located in the middle, is home to the famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, listed as one of the top five golf courses in the US.
Whale migration is underway and now is the time to come out to the coast to see the action. Whale watching week is the last week of December when specified points are staffed by volunteers. But don’t wait until then. We are experiencing a nice break from the storms with cool sunny days that are perfect to spot whales on your own. More information…
Oregon Coast Beaches
The beaches are natural, uncrowded, undeveloped and wide open. A crowded day at the beach is seeing another person. Take a stroll watch and osprey dive in the water and take her catch back to the nest. Or marvel at the group of pelicans as they travel along the shore. Select a hotel and watch the sun set slowly into the Pacific. To the north, in the area of the dunes, there is an unbroken stretch of sand. Further to the south, the beach is broken up by high cliffs cutting off the beach into sections some of which are miles long, while others are hidden into coves or a ‘Secret Beach’.
Hotels, Motels, Vacation Rentals, B&B’s
Each town has a wide selection of hotels, motels, B&B’s, vacation rentals to meet any need or budget. This website includes a comprehensive list of available lodging.
It is approaching winter and, just like most years, the forecast predicts the winter rains are arriving soon. This is the time to stay away from the coast, right? Wrong! This is a great time to visit the coast. Hotel rooms are plentiful and at a price that is a small fraction of the summer rates. Rooms with ocean and / or river views are readily available. Additionally, while most envision a steady driving rain, much of the time is sunny and warm. That is a perfect time to stroll along the beach and see what the last storm washed in. When the rains arrive, it is a hard driving rains and is a whole lot of fun to watch from your ocean front room.
So bring down a good book, and watch the show. Then, when it is not raining (which is much of the time) get out and enjoy all that the coast has to offer at a fraction of the summertime price.
Camping and RV’s
There are at least 32 public camping spots and many more private facilities. Camp along the beach with views of the Pacific Ocean while others are located further inland or up one of the many Wild and Scenic Rivers. There is RV camping for all levels, some with full hookups and all amenities. Other RV sites are more isolated with privacy in the forest. On the north, there are campgrounds that cater to ATV dunebuggy quad riding.
The Rogue River, Fishing, and the Wild River Coast
Explore the Wild Rivers of the great Pacific Northwest. See the famous Rogue River, along with the lesser known but beautiful Chetco, Sixes, Umpqua, Klamath, and Elk rivers with their legendary Salmon fishing. Take a quick trip out to the Pacific Ocean for amazing bottom fishing. Or sit back and ride a jet boat and watch the eagles, river otters, salmon and perhaps a bear.
Rent a Dune Buggy, ATV or Quad
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area starts at Coos Bay and heads north through Reedsport. It is magnificent, massive and can only be found here. The best way to see it is by renting an ATV. Never been on a dune buggy before? Let the experts show you how and then have a great time.
Ecotourism and Hiking
This is an area of remarkable natural beauty. Endless sunsets, vast, pet friendly beaches and incredible vistas. Enjoy whale watching and the views of the sea lions and harbor seals competing for the fish along with bald eagles, osprey, river otters, elk, and the occasional black bear.
Participate in outdoor activities like boating, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, nature walks, and hiking along the beach or in the Siskiyou National Forest / Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Hikes are available for everyone. There are short easy hikes to amazing viewpoints, as well as ones that can challenge even the most experienced. Several of the hikes listed include downloadable free files for GPS units or for Google Earth, to make finding your way even easier. Links are included for free GPS maps to help find your way.
Driving the coast means that you must travel on US Route 101, as there are not any other roads. The land is sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains. There are a few roads that travel over the mountains, but none that parallel the ocean for any significant distance. This portion of US Route 101 is removed from large urban areas and has open roads with easy, pleasurable travel that makes driving fun again. Travel at a leisurely pace and plan on stopping frequently to take in the spectacular views. For more information, see our “Getting Here” guide.
Bicyclists will find less automobile traffic, wide shoulders and lots of places to see, plenty of campsites and an abundance of bike friendly hotels and restaurants. Much of US Highway 101 hugs the ocean, offering amazing sights and views from the road while bicycling.
It is time to take a relaxing vacation and see how remarkable America can be.