180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Details of the Oregon Coast Most Entrancing
|Winema Beach (see below)
(Oregon Coast) – There’s always more than meets
the eye along the Oregon coast. It’s often a twisting, winding drive
of basalt wonders, fleeting ocean vistas and bright, sandy stretches.
Stunning landscapes whiz by as you zoom along between beach stops, or
on your way to get grub.
Or maybe you’re on a particular beach – perhaps
it’s your favorite beach, and you’ve been there a lot.
In either case, there are marvels hiding in plain sight,
or perhaps nearby your favorite place of relaxation and repose. There’s
still much more to discover, wherever you may roam on the Oregon coast.
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Historic and atmospheric Barview sits right around the
corner from Garibaldi – an enigmatic and funky little park that’s
There, Barview Jetty County Park is run by Tillamook County.
You'll find about 240 campsites sitting on the edge of Tillamook Bay,
overlooking both the bay and the ocean. Most of the full amenities pack
this little gem in the rough, including restrooms, showers, RV hookups
and much more.
But it's the fun that lurks within that's the real attraction
- not to mention there's an eerie bit of history surrounding you.
At first view, Barview seems just a small community made
of some homes, a couple of businesses and perhaps serving the purpose
of being the gateway to either Rockaway (to its north) or to Garibaldi.
But the park reveals a long, slightly alien-looking beach which wraps
around the bay mouth and the oceanfront, with a funky old, dilapidated
platform sitting on the south end which just begs for climbing. It’s
an interesting mix of rock, sand, bay and ocean environments. There's
even access to the jetty, which is always a kick in the pants.
The town’s past is especially engaging. This was
once a thriving, burgeoning tourist resort, where the train dropped off
hundreds of folks during summers to enjoy its numerous, growing amenities.
Then, somewhere in the 1910’s, ocean storms and currents that had
been changed because of the jetties tore it apart, taking with it chunks
of the train track.
Kiwanda's Hidden Brothers
Pacific City is a quickly growing resort town that really
knows how to live it up throughout the year. And of course, scaling the
golden, strangely sculpted cliffs of the cape is no secret.
a mile to the north, the county park is still a bit clandestine. Look
for an unmarked road on the west side of the highway, and at the bottom
you'll find a fairly untouched section of beach with interesting views
of the other side of Cape Kiwanda.
About two miles south of the Highway 101/Pacific City junction,
you'll find a real clandestine gem in the form of Winema Beach. It's an
intriguing mixture of a rock climber's paradise and a playground of endless
|Basalt columns just n. of Cape Kiwanda
On Highway 101, between MP 94 and Oretown, Winema Road
sits inconspicuously on the west side. Once there, you'll find all sorts
of oddities in the cliffs - most notably the giant rock structure plopped
in the middle of the tide line. It too is perfect for climbing, with a
tiny patch of grass welcoming you at its top.
Head another mile or so north along this beach and you'll
reach some very secretive areas of the Nestucca Bay.
Beach, by Oceanside
One of the state's most enthralling hidden spots lies right
next to Oceanside, just west of Tillamook.
Look for Radar Rd. along the back road between Oceanside
and Cape Meares, and you'll find the refurbished entrance to this stunning
beach. Until recently, the way down here was precarious and slippery,
causing many injuries. But locals got together and created this "stairway
of 1000 steps."
First, you'll find the bulbous blob at the tide line, resembling
the sea stack at Neskowin to the south. Wander here a bit longer, and
you may see the waterfall coming from the side of the cliff which hosts
the lighthouse. Legends abound here. It's said that at extreme low tides,
there is yet another tunnel visible (like the one through the cliff in
Oceanside). One version of the legend says there may be two tunnels here.
|One of many spots in Yachats inhabited by
wild waves and complex rock structures
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
The Drama of Yachats
This awe-inspiring area is filled with nothing but dramatic
shorelines, with craggy rock platforms causing the waves to come crashing
in with a consistent intensity.
At Yachats Scenic Recreation Area, in back of downtown,
it's easy to walk down to the beach or rocks from here. Even better: grab
a bit of lunch to go and munch while the ocean flails and crashes in front
At the Smelt Sands Recreation Area, it's here that the
paved, three-quarter-mile 804 Trail begins, winding past a myriad of slabs,
intriguing rock formations and a spouting horn or two.
Or explore the area just south of Yachats - some 20 miles
filled with more incredible, dramatic scenery and a host of secret spots.
Tide pools reign here, with the wildly colored sea life outnumbering the
humans by far. At places like Bob Creek Wayside, tide pools are aplenty,
but you'll also find a funky sea cave, or two or three.
For a change in scenery – sometimes surrealistic
- there are some unmarked spots tucked off the side of the highway that
have a mix of all sorts of terrain.
Beach's Little Orphaned Beach Spots
|Arcadia State Park
Classy and cute is this lovely town on the north coast
(wow, that sounds like that goofy character from Star Wars), where nary
a spot is hidden or unknown. However, the extreme southern and northern
ends provide some respite from the maddening tourist crowds.
Try the unmarked beach accesses south of the Tolovana area,
which lay at the end of neighborhood streets occupied by a myriad of private
homes. From these, you're perhaps a mile from Arcadia Beach, and you can
see that park's sea stacks from their northern side. Or just explore the
beach and its various rock formations and tide pools.
|Always intriguing Hug Point
A few miles south, you'll find Hug Point. A waterfall,
several sea caves and a raised, grotto-like tide pool within another cave
are all just a precursor to one of the coast's most fascinating spots.
There is a road carved out of the rocky headland here,
which was created in the early part of the century to allow Model T's
and horse-drawn carriages around the point at medium tides. Back at that
time, there was no Highway 101 (it wasn't built until the 30's), and the
beaches were Oregon's coastal highways.
Most of the road is worn away and barnacle-covered now,
but there are bits of the concrete left, as well as a remnant of the old
traffic light which kept these ancient vehicles from smacking into each
|Weird rock landscape just N. of Yaquina Head
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By Yaquina Head
This secret beach is full of all sorts of wonders, especially
the crazy slabs of basalt set at odd angles, which protrude from the sand
and make for a mesmerizing journey. There are plenty of other kooky rock
structures which will never cease to fascinate you. Not to mention the
lovely views of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
north of the entrance to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, you'll
find 58th Street tucked away behind some trees on the west side of the
highway (it's accessible by turning onto 56th St.). At the bottom of 58th,
you'll find a hidden beach trail wandering down from this residential
neighborhood to a stunning cove area on Yaquina Head's north face.
You can't walk very far towards Yaquina Head, but
to the north it's at least six miles of clear beach as the path turns
from weird rock structures to sand, ending all the way up at the Devil's
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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atmosphere & history
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lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries
& an art mecca
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secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside,
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