Discover Oregon’s Coast
Oregon’s coast is regarded as three areas, each with its own distinct character and features. The North Coast extends from the Columbia River to Neskowin, the Central Coast is from Lincoln City to Florence, and the South Coast covers Reedsport to the California border. It covers the counties of Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, western Lane, western Douglas, Coos and Curry. It is well served by US Route 101 which runs the length of the coastline and provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The drive down this road alone is worth the trip. Other major roads such as US-20, US-30, US-26 also provide access, as do State Routes 18 and 22. Visitors here can choose from delightful Oregon Coast cottages to make their home base for a fantastic vacation.
Three Distinct Regions, One Perfect Place
The North Coast features long stretches of unbroken beach and large bays enclosed by sandbars. Astoria is the main city. Along this delightful coast are also the cities of Seaside and Tillamook.
From Lincoln City to Florence, the Central Coast has fewer beaches and more cliffs and bays. Charming small cities such as Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats are scattered along its coast.
The mountainous South Coast is distinct because of its cliffs and miles of beaches. Here, visitors will find small cities such as North Bend, Coos Bay, with oceanfront rentals, as well as vacation homes in Bandon and Brookings. The area is known for its forests of myrtle, redwood, Douglas Firs and northern pine.
Million of Years Spent Creating the Perfect Vacation Spot
Wherever visitors to Oregon Coast vacation rentals choose as their base, there will be plenty to occupy both days and nights. There are a variety of museums along the coast, such as Tillamook Navel Air Museum and Flavel House. Also worth a visit is Yaquina Lights, the lighthouse at the mouth of the Yaquina River. One of the most impressive sights to see is the Sea Lion Cave. It is the largest sea cave in the world, 25 million years in the making. It is now the height of a 13-story building and it is as long as a football field. If that isn’t spectacular enough, visitors can also watch the sea lions go about their daily lives. Whales are also spotted here. If visitors don’t manage to spot a whale, they are charter boats along the coast offering whale watching and sport fishing. Visitors will find the opportunity to walk under the waves through a 200-foot tunnel, making for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Come face to face with sharks, rays and thousands of species at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. To learn more about the area, visit the History Center here. To see animals from across the world, take a trip to the Wildlife Safari where animals from Africa, Asia, South America and North America roam freely over 600 acres.
The Hardest Part is Leaving Your Oregon Coast Lodging Behind
One of the most important decisions that vacationers face is where to stay. Picking the perfect Oregon Coast lodging could not be easier. Whether it is a spacious home right on the beach or a condo in one of Oregon’s coastal towns, there is the perfect property just waiting for you. Visitors choosing these Oregon Coast vacation rentals will find properties that are not just well equipped but full of extras that make a vacation home special. Visitors will find properties on the beach, with hot tubs, large screen televisions, internet access, and a variety of choices that welcome pets.
Oregon coast vacation rentals will place you in one of the world’s most scenic oceanfront vacation destinations. This coastline is renowned for dramatic views and quaint towns up and down the shore. VRBO’s Oregon coast vacation rentals in and around Newport, Oregon, reflect the influence of the coast and make for a comfortable and fun Oregon family vacation.
The towns along the Oregon coastline are linked by Highway 101, which runs along the magnificent coastline between Astoria in the north by the Columbia River and Brookings to the south near the California border. Your Oregon coast vacation rental will reflect the personality of its town, and each town has many of its own attractions. Astoria and Seaside vacation rentals bask in the history of the region. Oregon coast vacation rentals offer you the charm of towns like Florence, Cannon Beach and Yachats. Newport vacation rental visitors should make time to see Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium to learn about the area, and wildlife is abundant all along the coast.
Oregon coast vacations offer many things to do. Biking along the coast is very popular, as is hiking, beachcombing, golf and water sports. Oregon’s beaches are too cold and rough for swimming, but the area’s lakes and rivers also provide water sports opportunities. Newport, Oregon’s fishing industry thrives alongside the restaurants, shops and attractions for vacationers, and recreational fishing is popular all along the coast. Bandon vacation homes are near the well known Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The many towns with Oregon coast lodging will provide you with a perfect family reunion venue, a fun family vacation home or a romantic getaway – the options are endless.
Oregon vacation weather can be rainy. Bring rain gear and expect some fog, but the weather and water add to the lush and dramatic beauty of this coastal region. A great time to visit Oregon vacation rentals is in the fall. September and October offer warm weather and off peak perks, and many VRBO Oregon coast vacation rentals are available year round. Escape to this enchanting region any time of year. Portland International Airport is about three hours from Oregon coast vacation rentals.