The Central Oregon Coast is one of the more popular tourist sections with it's over-60 miles of beaches and cozy coastal towns.
It is my favorite section of the entire coastline. Lincoln County has the most State Parks and public waysides than any other county in the entire state of Oregon.
Art galleries, tourist shops, fine dining as well as fast-food, fun and exciting attractions, the famous Oregon Coast Aquarium, and so much more are here for you to indulge in. So, start indulging! ;)
CITIES OF INTEREST
Lincoln City - Discover More of Lincoln City
Best known for being the "Kite Capital of the World" and home of the shortest river in the world, the "D" River (only 120 feet to the ocean!),
Central Oregon Coast's Lincoln City is the best of both worlds: 7 miles of beautiful sandy beaches to stroll along and reflect and an enjoyable tourist town with it's small arts & crafts shops, larger outlet shopping at Tanger Outlet Center,gambling at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, and attractions.
Start your day with a terrific meal at Lil' Sambo's, one of my all-time favorites. This is the place that is everything to everyone.
Hiking, biking, tide pool hunting, charter fishing, crabbing and clamming, and and and.....
Depoe Bay - Find out more about Depoe Bay
Perfect for whale watching, Depoe Bay is the smallest navigable harbor in the world (only six square acres) and a cozy little town along the Central Oregon Coast. Watching the waves crash against the rugged rocks is an awesome sight. The town is privileged to have a resident pod of grey whales that make it their home 10 months out of the year.
Walk amongst it's homey shops, have a great meal at Gracie's Sea Hag Restaurant, grab yourself a snack of freshly-made caramel corn or saltwater taffy and take a charter boat ride. With a large seawall that covers the length of the downtown area, you can shop and dine, all the while enjoying your view of the churning Pacific Ocean. Whatever your pleasure, Depoe Bay is a great choice to visit.
Newport - Discover Newport
The Historic Bayfront of Newport gives you a great many things to enjoy in this popular Central Oregon Coast town, including the Under Sea Gardens, Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Waxworks Wax Museum. Take a trip through the Oregon Coast Aquarium and marvel at the marine life. Polish it off with a visit to the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center to learn more about the wonderful creatures of the coast. Of course, I can't forget to mention the long stretch of sandy beaches.
Walking along the docks, you'll find a good dozen large sea lions sunbathing and showing off for their audiences. Make sure to stop by the original Mo's for a big, steaming bowl of clam chowder and a frosty Coke. Mmmmmm......
Waldport - Visit Waldport
Waldport has one of the less populated beaches along the Central Oregon Coast and that definitely works to your advantage. If you're in the mood for a nice, quiet time away, look no further.
Of course, if you change your mind and decide that you need a little adventure after all, take a leisurely drive across the historic Alsea Bay Bridge, which spans across the river just beside the Pacific Ocean. Or venture 25-miles south to the famous Sea Lion Caves. Discover great deals if you're planning a trip to Walport.
Yachats - Visit Yachats
Yachats, Pronounced YAH-hots, is derived from the Chinook Indian word, Yahuts, meaning dark water at the foot of the mountain. It is a tiny coastal community nestled along the Central Oregon Coast that is not as much a tourist town as Lincoln City and Newport.
Beachcombing, strolling, biking and camping are the items of the day here. It is is one of the few ocean beach areas where smelt come ashore to spawn. During the second Saturday in July, Yachats has a tasty smelt fry, where they serve more than 500 lbs. of the silver fish.
Florence - Visit Florence
Known as one of the most diverse places on the Central Oregon Coast, not to mention all of Oregon, Florence is the place to break out that ATV for sand dune runs, take a long, romantic hike along the many trails and parks, board a sternwheeler that runs down the Siuslaw River and visit the "spouting horn," a blowhole that sprays water sky-high. The entire Central Oregon Coast has the best dunes anywhere for sandboarding. World Champion sandboarder, Josh Tenge, gives classes at Sandmaster Park. You should give it a go. ;)
It's many restaurants and attractions makes Florence a terrific place to visit. The gorgeous beaches and quiet surroundings make it an equally great place to bed down for the rest of your life.
Reedsport -Visit Reedsport Oregon
Two miles inland from the Pacific, home to the tallest dunes in Oregon, and with 40 miles of lovely beaches, Reedsport is a large community on the southern Oregon coast where activities abound.
Rent yourself an ATV or bring your sandboard for some real action on the dunes, grab a fishing rod and dip it in the Umpqua River, slow down by reserving a tee time at the local golf course, or hold hands with your honey and stroll the Umpqua River boardwalk. There are some really nice campgrounds and RV parks to pitch a tent at if that's your thing.
With the annual Dunefest and Chainsaw Championships, Reedsport Oregon is an exceptional place to plan a vacation on the Oregon coast.