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Video: Five Minutes of Oregon Coast Ocean Sound You Need Right Now

Published 04/15/2020 at 3:24 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Video: Five Minutes of Oregon Coast Ocean Sound You Need Right Now

(Oregon Coast) – Whether it’s the current (as of this writing) coronavirus quarantine that’s making you stir crazy, or you’re reading this sometime down the road when inland life is trying for some other reason, perhaps you need five minutes of digitally being on the Oregon coast. Hence, this movie missive, showing off a handful of spots along the coast and what they sound like. (Above: Depoe Bay's South Point).

While no one can really be out there right now, this is the next best thing and the perfect to just zone out on the sights and sounds. Click on the links below for deeper information about these spots. The list here is in order of appearance.

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Wreck of the Peter Iredale. Over 100 years ago this stately beauty wrecked on the beaches of Warrenton, crashing on the stereotypical “dark and stormy night.” All 27 hands – including two stowaways – made it to shore, and later that eve its Captain H. Lawrence toasted it with a bottle of whiskey with the crew and gave it a hearty.

It immediately become a monster attraction on the Oregon coast, and one railroad company actually had plans to build a railroad to it. Now, its rusted bones are slowly disappearing. Parts of its skeleton are actually falling away and it seems as if it’s sinking at a greater and greater rate into the sands.

Hug Point. One of the most popular attractions on the entire Oregon coast, the sprawling beach just south of Cannon Beach hosts numerous marvels both obvious and hidden. Here, you see the old road that was blasted into Hug Point back when the beaches were the only coastal highways. By the early ‘30s that became useless as Highway 101 was finished.

When things open back up, don’t be fooled by the apparent accessibility of this road. About half the time you can’t or shouldn’t even try going around that first point at the beach access, as the tides are crazy and risky.

Depoe Bay’s South Point. (Photo at top). A truly hidden spot on the central coast, it lies in the midst of a neighborhood at the southern end of town. Always dramatic and eye-catching, it’s also quite precarious with all the green sea goo. It’s easy to slip and fall here.

Fishing Rock. This irresistible state park is also quite hidden, tucked away behind a neighborhood and small patch of trees. You eventually emerge out on a starkly-contoured and dramatically-colored small headland full of crags, nooks, crannies and all sorts of intriguing shapes. To the north of you is Lincoln Beach, a sort of netherworld between Depoe Bay and Gleneden Beach. To the south and below is Fogarty Creek.

Lincoln City. This clip was taken near Grace Hammond access, which is a hop, skip and a jump from the Whistling Winds Motel. Here, there’s a nice, varied mix of tidepool life and sand, all a short drive from the final chapter of Lincoln City’s attractions, the Roads End area.

Manzanita at Neahkahnie Mountain. One of the highest viewpoints along the entire Oregon coast, from here you can see some 40 miles to the south to Oceanside on a really clear day. Above you soars Neahkahnie Mountain itself, which rises some 1600 feet above the sea.

Silver Point. Just south of Cannon Beach, these are those cajoling viewpoints that are among the most popular on the entire coastline. In the clip, you’re looking south at Arcadia Beach and its famed rock structure.

Holiday Beach near Newport. A few miles south of South Beach, you probably won’t be able to find this. It’s that hidden. It’s also known as Thiel Creek. Shown here is this wide expanse of beach during winter, when sand levels reveal ancient “ghost forests” that are some 4,000 years old. You’re looking at two right there.

Manzanita Beach. The sounds of the ocean are particularly soothing up close in this north coast favorite, where city rules have actually decreed no chain stores or chain restaurants. All the food and wares sold here come from indie owners.

Newport’s Jump-Off Joe. A legendary but rather strange attraction in the central coast town, behind the camera sit the remnants of an old, failed condo project that took the extremely ill-advised route of building on soft sandstone – the kind that erodes quickly. What could go wrong? Oh, lots. Just check out the article. It’s like a quieter version of the Exploding Whale debacle. In any case, it’s a breathtaking viewpoint, and here you’re looking at Yaquina Head. The rocky blobs below are all that’s left of another structure called Jump-Off Joe that fell apart quickly after tourists fell in love with it.

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