Dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean
Kayaking trip along the rocky Port Orford coast
The mesmerizing churn of a coastal tidepool
Stand-up paddleboarding on the Rogue River
Low tide reveals marine life on coastal rock formations
Camping under a sea of stars on the southern coast
Fat tire biking along the beach
Lush flora growing from rock formations at Secret Beach in Brookings
Nighttime view of the Heceta Head Light in Florence
One of the region's 584 kilometers of public beaches
Where the mountains meet the sea
Adventures on the Beach
The chilly ocean water isn’t very inviting for swimming, but it’s amazing for just about every other water activity. Go deep-sea fishing for tuna, salmon and halibut. Watch for thousands of shorebirds and gray whales – their migration patterns bring them past the coast twice a year. Climb a historic lighthouse for spectacular coastal views. Get your fill of outdoor adventures at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, one of the world’s largest coastal dune environments. Don’t forget to take pictures at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach (the famous rock from “The Goonies”). Pet owners should feel welcome to bring leashed four-legged friends to beaches and other pet-friendly amenities.
Food and Drink, Locally Crafted
Oregon is widely known for its craft breweries. Here along the coast, there are approximately 30 to choose from. If you prefer something a little stronger, stop for a sip at Pilot House Distilling or Stillwagon Distillery. Sample farm-fresh flavors along three food trails featuring farmers markets, produce stands and dairy farms. With the abundance of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the fertile Willamette Valley to the east, the dining scene is enough to make your mouth water just thinking about it. Savor just-caught seafood specials with ocean views and wash it all down with a local wine – Oregon’s award-winning wine country is just next door.
From big names to small specialties, shopping along the coast is as diverse as it gets – and it's all tax free. Go for deep discounts and famous brands at Lincoln City Outlets or Seaside Outlets. Fill a gift basket with Oregon-made cheese and gourmet items at Face Rock Creamery in Bandon or Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook. Local artisans sell their wares at markets in Astoria, Brookings-Harbor, Lincoln City and Newport. Blow your own glass at Lincoln City Glass Center and Newport's Oregon Coast Glassworks, or pick up a souvenir made from Oregon Myrtlewood at The Myrtlewood Gallery in Reedsport. With more than 25,000 unique ornaments, it’s Christmas all year long at the Christmas Cottage in Lincoln City. Find a book to savor on stormy evenings at Sea Wolf Books in Port Orford or Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita.
Beaches for all! All 584 kilometers of the Oregon Coast are free and open to the public.
Photo: Granite and Light