Magazine article Sunset

The Anatomy of the Coast from Astoria to Brookings, Oregon's Shore Encompasses Ray Whales, Giant Rocks, and Some Really Good Beer. Find Your Perfect Spot Right Here

Magazine article Sunset

The Anatomy of the Coast from Astoria to Brookings, Oregon's Shore Encompasses Ray Whales, Giant Rocks, and Some Really Good Beer. Find Your Perfect Spot Right Here

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NORTH COAST

The easy coast: Fast access to Portland makes this a quick weekend escape.

Astoria | Remixed historic burg

Seaside | Oregon's Coney Island

Cannon Beach | Foodie central

Tillamook | Ice cream and cheddar

Pacific City | Dory-fishing capital

Neskowin | Great beachcombing

CENTRAL COAST

The classic coast: Big attractions) from dunes to aquarium) cluster here.

Depoe Bay | Gray whale hangout

Newport/Nye Beach | Marine science central

Yachats | Say "ya-hots," then y check out the view at Cape Perpetua.

Florence | Cute Old Town; gateway to Oregon Dunes, Sea Lion Caves

SOUTH COAST

The far coast: You work to get here. Your rewards are moody beaches and water fun.

Coos Bay | At 16,000, biggest "city" on the coast

Bandon | Great crabbing, great loafing, great golf

Gold Beach | For jet boats and kite boards

Brookings | Sunniest spot on the coast

Artist-designed 1-bedroom with 180[degrees] views. $150; 2-night min.; greenflashcabin.com

Three-bedroom Victorian cottage next door to Nye's famous Sylvia Beach Hotel. $249; 2-night min.; vrbo.com/353645

The historic house (built -19o9, renovated woo) on a knoll overlooks pastureland, dunes, and beach. From $200; 2-night mitt; homeaway.corn/ vacation-rental/p154867

Grab seafood and beer.

Latest arrival to Cannon Beach's roster of ambitious restaurants is Fishes ($$$; fishes-sushi.com), a Tokyo-worthy sushi restaurant. Then there's Evoo ($$$$; evoo.biz), a cooking school with a nightly dinner cooking show, and Bill's Tavern and Brewhouse ($$; bills tavernandbrewhouse.com) with prizewinning Duckdive Pale Ale.

Be sand-struck.

Spanning so miles of coast from Coos Bay north to Florence, the vast sandscape of the Oregon Dunes inspired sci-fi writer Frank Herbert's novel Dune. Unless you have access to a camel (or sandworm), experience them via sand rail, a supercharged open-cockpit dune buggy ($28 tour; sanddunesfrontier.com).

Try beach on the cheap.

With just 23 sites, reservations are a must at lovely Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, especially if you want a berth in one of the 6 deluxe yurts: canvas round-houses equipped with skylights, bathrooms (with showers), refrigerators, microwaves, and dining room tables. …

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