South Coast

Ranger Roy Picks – The South Coast     

These are some of our favorite stops and recommendations, starting in Newport and going south. Please reverse the order as appropriate.


  • Pick up a 5-day Oregon Coast Passport for only $10 at the first opportunity. Well worth your money, it lets you into all state and federal fee areas along the Oregon Coast.
  • If you haven’t yet seen the Sea Lions at the Newport Historic Bayfront, stop at the pier next to the Undersea Gardens for the best viewing spot.
  • Follow Bay Blvd to or from Roy and Cristina’s home for a spectacular drive along the Yaquina River.


  • Cape Perpetua
  • Devil’s Churn – Basalt water chute
  • Thor’s Well – Mini Victoria Falls
  • Spruce Trail – 1-mile Old Growth hike
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse – Oregon’s most celebrated!
    • Best photo op/view from pullout between tunnel and Sea Lion Caves
  • Sea Lion Caves – fun but very smelly… save your money and view them for free in Newport


  • Get gas at Fred Meyer (cheapest on the Coast)
  • Old Town is Nice for strolling and shopping
  • Magnolia Bakery on Laurel St.
  • There are many sand dunes between Florence and Reedsport that offer recreational opportunities such as hiking, dune riding, and sand-boarding. Check online or at an information center for details.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse offers tours and Coast Guard museum. View the turning light at night if possible.


  • Miller’s Landing has excellent fish & chips.
  • Shore Acres State Park is fabulous for ocean views, hiking, and storm-watching.

Bandon & Brookings

  • In Old Town – Bandon Fish & Chips Company on the pier
  • If you’re lucky, see “Circles in the Sand.”
  • Cape Blanco Lighthouse – Oregon’s first
  • Fill up with gas at Fred Meyer in Brookings for the best price.
An Oregon Coast Sunset is unforgettable.

An Oregon Coast sunset is one of the most breaktaking experiences in the world.