FIND OUT MORE: Dunes and lakes at Honeyman State Park; Florence Chamber of Commerce. Beachgoers can head to nearby Fort Stevens State Park (which topped our ranking of Oregon's best state parks) but there's more than enough to do in town. Family Travel Fever © All Rights Reserved 2019, (Here is the link if you do want to go to the. Part of our group did this but didn’t find many agates. They are noisy! It has a scenic overlook of the rock outcropping and ocean. We did not stay in the town but they have many little places listed on Great food is seemingly tucked into every nook and cranny, including the Lazy Susan Cafe, Ecola Seafoods and Sea Level Bakery. Just up the highway is Nye Beach, a neighborhood that's home to a beautiful beach, literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel, and several great places to eat, including amazing Italian restaurant Sorella. Stay at upscale hotels like the Channel House and Whale Cove Inn, or book one of the many condos and beach houses in town. Our perspective is of tourists on a day trip or longer stay, considering all that goes into a good vacation. There are hotels and beach houses aplenty. FIND OUT MORE: See a glorious sunset at Cannon Beach; Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. They come tumbling, sliding, rolling down to the bottom. The tunnel opens to another beach full of rocks and pebbles. Many families were staying in a couple of hotels that were right on the beach. The kids played endlessly and we had to drag them away from this beach. The 19 Best Small Towns in Oregon. I had driven on beaches in Australia, and Charles wanted to have that experience. At the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Rogue River, Gold Beach is the perfect base camp for adventures either along the coast or upriver. Here are the best places to camp for New Years. You can hike the trail south to Heceta Beach or west to Hobbit Beach. We spend an hour or more sifting through the rocks finding agates. Crowds keep some tourists away from Seaside, but those who stop by for vacation are rewarded with a wealth of family-friendly attractions and accommodations, all linked by the iconic beachside promenade and sidewalks throughout town. Not to be confused with the city in Italy, Florence is a perfectly beautiful town on the central Oregon coast, where the Siuslaw River cuts through towering sand dunes to the ocean. Ever dream of moving to the Oregon Coast? The beach is a short but steep hike from the car but close enough to bring all our gear. 1 of 19. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We could hear them when we got out of the car. Your email address will not be published. With seven miles of pristine soft sand, Rockaway Beach is the perfect place to unwind. FIND OUT MORE: 10 storm watching spots on the coast; Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. We could see a good view of the Heceta Head Lighthouse and the beach. Especially a particular kid who loves fairies. Good food can be found at Barnacle Bistro, with great beer courtesy of nearby Arch Rock Brewing. We felt like we had discovered a secret magical beach full of mythical agates we had been searching for the whole trip. The town is also flanked by stunning natural attractions at Ecola, Arcadia and Hug Point state parks, making up one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Oregon. View Gallery 19 Photos Getty Images. That's not to mention the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, South Beach and the headquarters of Rogue Ales. The central-coast destination has a little bit of everything, and friendly locals seem to have a knack for growing and evolving the town in just the right way. Everything from firework displays to small-town festivals is waiting for you and your family to enjoy! Are hiking trails nearby? After many years of traveling U.S. Route 101, we've dared to rank the very best towns on the Oregon coast. Not only is it still a relatively affordable place to buy a home in a smaller city with big city amenities — it’s located in the center of the Willamette Valley on the river and is surrounded by mountains and vineyards. FIND OUT MORE: Norblad offers affordable minimalist rooms; Travel Astoria. I know I do! Here are spring break camping destinations across the US. Oregon coast is unique in the variety of different types of beaches and the special aspects of each beach. Astoria isn't technically a "beach town," as it sits not on the ocean but at the mouth of the Columbia River, but that technicality isn't enough to unseat it as one of the very best towns on the Oregon coast. There is so much space that you can lose each other in the fog. Oregon is full of amazing small towns nestled into the beautiful landscape. Dad had fun walking the beach and wondering about the tree stumps sticking out of the water. It was quite magical. So only part of our group actually made it out splash in the water. We have been beach hopping in other parts of the country and world. During the planning process for Oregon, I asked each family member to list the most important thing to see on the coast of Oregon. There's little in the way of repetition or competition for cuisine, mirroring an overarching sense of thoughtfulness that can be found in the very lifeblood of Yachats. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Birds nest in the rock outcrop adjacent to the beach and the freshwater stream is full of gulls and other shorebirds. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. But Bandon also has enough restaurants and attractions – including the famed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – to spend several days in the southern coast town. On arrival, you see a long flat sandy beach with a little stream to splash in.