Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

2022 Memorial Weekend Travel Advice, Warnings for Oregon Coast

Published 05/22/22 at 11:25 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

2022 Memorial Weekend Travel Advice, Warnings for Oregon Coast

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

(Oregon Coast) – The great kickoff to summer is usually this coming weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, jump-starting the big season for the Oregon coast. (Above: Arch Cape, photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

It means some special challenges, though, especially from the standpoint of lodgings and traffic. As everybody jets out of town to the coast to get away from it all, they manage to bring “it” with them. Hence the need for a a lot of advice about the holiday weekend.

Weather

This coming weekend doesn't promise a lot of sun for most areas of the Oregon coast. It will be mostly cloudy up north and on the central coast over the weekend, with some chances of showers throughout Saturday through Monday. But farther south there are more sunny days involved and less rain.

Some general advice: even in late May spring on the coastline can bring wild mood swings.

Nehalem (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Forecasts like these, though still early, can bring such mood swing weather: bouts of rain with calm in between, sometimes changing within 20 minutes or. You'll want to be prepared for both kinds of conditions as you venture onto the beaches.

Even just for day trips, bring along a change of pants and socks in case you fall into some pool of water. Nothing screams uncomfortable like sitting in the car soaked on the long drive home. See Oregon Coast Weather - Washington Coast Weather

Traffic and Speed Traps

It goes without saying it will be extra busy on the routes to and from the coast, as well as Highway 101 and the towns themselves. Peak hours will be Friday afternoon and on Sunday and sometimes Monday. As people head home in a mass exodus, it's not uncommon to have traffic backed up for miles on Sunday. Head back in the morning or wait until about dusk or just after to avoid those traffic jams. Always leave yourself extra time for the trip there or back.

See Oregon Coast Traffic Conditions

On the southern Oregon coast, even down there it gets mighty frenetic, according to Coos Bay / Charleston / North Bend Visitors Center's Janice Langlinais and Bandon Visitor Center's Margaret Pounder. Both said it's already been quite busy but they're prepared for the even greater rush of traffic that's coming.

“It will take a bit longer to get through town on Hwy 101, but it won’t be anything like the central or north coast (at least we don’t anticipate it will get that bad),” Langlinais said.

She pointed out some choke points will likely be just south of Coos Bay on the Cape Arago Highway where the speed limit goes from 45 to 25 mph.

Cape Arago near Coos Bay (courtesy Oregon's Adventure Coast)

Various police agencies implement heavy patrols and sting spots in some areas, so watch your speed. Highway 26, Highway 6 and Highway 18 will be especially hot. The run through Yamhill County on OR18 will be one giant sting area.

It's not always speed traps, either. Other hotspots along the Oregon coast will be the four-way stop at the bottom of Laneda Ave. in Manzanita; the stop sign at Sand Lake Road junction a mile north of Pacific City; the pull-offs just north of Newport around Moolack Beach; the southern end of Rockaway Beach (as you come in from Garibaldi); the southern end of Seaside and to the north around Gearhart to Warrenton.

Lodging Caveat

Lodging prices begin their summer spike on this weekend, and many will take advantage of the greater need and have unusually high prices. That’s no fun, but it happens.

The best way to ensure not getting gouged is reserving your lodging well ahead of time. The next day or two is probably you're last chance – and most lodgings are filled up already.

In the Bandon area, there's a bit of a lodging shortage, said Pounder. Two major motels in the area are out of commission, so there's likely nothing left there now.

This Year's Big Issue

There's still a severe labor shortage all up and down the Oregon coast, so be warned of extra wait times at restaurants and other facilities. Be nice to the overworked people there as they're running extra ragged.

As Pounder put it for the entire region: “Plan to pack your patience, as our businesses are short staffed.”

Oregon Coast Hotels for this - South Coast Hotels - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours


MORE PHOTOS BELOW





More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....


Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Great Coastal Gale of '07 Tore Into Oregon Coast 15 Years Ago - Video
The storm changed parts of the region forever. History, Bandon, Coos Bay, Newport, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Astoria
How Storms - Even Solar Storms - May Affect Whales on Oregon / Washington Coast
Why do they disappear? Does it disturb them at all? Marine sciences
Attending Seaside Aquarium This Month Helps Feed the Hungry on Oregon Coast -...
Patrons pay admission to the aquarium with two cans of food per person. Seaside events
Warm Sunsets to Raucous Oregon Coast Storms: Upclose at Cannon Beach's Schoon...
One of the major highlights is that beachfront lawn. Cannon Beach hotels, lodging reviews
Washington Coast Holidays Include Crab Pot Tree, Santa with Pirates, Music, Food
Holiday happs from Ilwaco up through Westport. Washington coast events
Famed Holiday Show Tradition Back on Oregon Coast, at Newport Performing Arts...
The Christmas Show! is finally back, Dec. 16 and 17. Newport events
Cyber Monday for Oregon Coast Too: Giving the Beach for Christmas
Give a night or two at the coast, or books, hoodies, T's. weather
Orcas Spotted Again on N. Oregon Coast - First Time This Pod Recorded Here
A pod of four were photographed on November 23. Marine sciences

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on Oregon Coast Beach Connection
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted