Right next to Oceanside RV Resort is Bastendorff Beach. One of the famous beaches on the Oregon Coast, Bastendorff Beach is especially sandy. That makes it ideal for walking and sunbathing. Do be careful about swimming, though, as the water is known for undertows and rolling logs. Better to observe from the sand and shallows.
Along with walking and sunbathing, Bastendorff Beach is a great place for windsurfing, beach combing, and clam digging. It's also a known spot for West Coast whale watching. From December through February, the whales head south. Then, in March, April, and May, they travel north again.
Making this beach even better is that it's dog friendly. That's right, you can bring your pet! Just clean up after them and make sure they're behaved.
Would you believe that four state parks sit around Oceanside RV Resort? Neighboring the campsites is Yoakam Point State Park. This spot is known for rocky outcroppings and sandy beaches. You can also see Cape Arago Lighthouse from here.
As you head south along Cape Arago Highway, you'll next find Sunset Bay State Park. High sea cliffs keep watch over the waves at this scenic spot. There is also a network of hiking trails connecting to Cape Arago and Shore Acres State Parks. All three of these parks feature stunning cliff walks, colorful wildflowers, towering pines, and gorgeous tidepools and beaches. Keep an eye out for wildlife like whales, seals, and sea lions.
On one side is the Pacific Ocean. On the other is the wide Umpqua River. In between are the Oregon Dunes, a national recreation area known as an off-roading Mecca. Almost half of the area is open to motorized vehicles like ATVs and dune buggies. There's a thrill to carving the sand in an off-road vehicle that can't be beat.
You can also explore the dunes by foot. Many areas are closed to vehicles and feature great hiking trails. Some popular activities include photography, birding, horseback riding, and fishing.
The magnificent Oregon Coast is full of some of the best seafood in the world. Outlets like Sharky's Charters will take you to catch lingcod, rockfish, tuna, halibut, salmon and more.
But we can't mention the Oregon Coast without talking about crabbing. The area is famous for Dungeness crabs. These prized crustaceans are searched for from December to August, though winter and spring are the best times. They are known for their rich flavor that is perfect in crab salad.
You can also try crabbing right at Oceanside RV Resort. Our campground is situated on the beach, allowing you to catch right at the resort. When you succeed, bring your catch to the crab cleaning and cooking station to prepare it for dinner.
The Oregon Coast Trail is a mighty trek. It stretches 362 miles along sandy beaches and across rocky headlands. While we certainly don't expect you to hike the whole thing, you can tackle a section of it. Most segments follow the beach, occasionally heading inland in state parks. It begins at Oregon Dunes and heads north along the coast. Try walking a portion of it and take in the sights of the magical, misty coastline.
After a day outdoors, enjoy some small-town charm. The neighboring towns of Coos Bay and North Bend each have great downtowns to visit. Keep an eye out for art galleries and museums, like the art deco Coos Art Museum. Then, grab a bite at a local favorite like Alder Smokehouse or 7 Devils Brewing Co. There's plenty to enjoy in these quaint coastal towns.
Have you filled your itinerary yet? This taste of the Oregon Coast shows just how much this region has to offer. Come visit us at Oceanside RV Resort and explore the natural beauty of Coos Bay. And don't forget to bring your friends in on the fun by sharing this post!