11 Ways to Enjoy the Oregon Coast This Summer

This summer thousands of tourists will visit the Oregon Coast. They’ll flock its restaurants, trek through its beachside shops, and rent every open cabin.

So, how can you enjoy the Oregon Coast like a local? Here are 11 ideas to get you started.

1. Hike a Cape
Oregon’s beaches are naturally sectioned off by tall, rocky capes. Though it’s difficult to summit these capes from the beach itself, take a short drive away from the ocean and spend an hour hiking up any cape you can find. After you journey through the pine trees, you’ll emerge with an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean with two beaches on either side.

2. Beach Soccer
Oregon’s beaches have a wide span from ocean to street. Utilize this expanse and play some beach soccer (or football, frisbee, etc.).  Play with your group, or make some new friends and invite other beachgoers to join.

3. Ocean Fishing
Depending on the beach town, deep sea fishing is just a short boat ride away. Find a fishing guide, charter a boat, and spend a day fishing on the world’s largest ocean. Then, spend your evening with a fish fry featuring your catch of the day.

4. Go Clamming
Another way to produce a seafood feast for your travel group is clamming. Buy a cheap clam gun (basically, it’s PVC pipe with a handle) and scour the beach for small bubble holes in the sand. Your clam gun will do the rest. Fill your bucket with clams and boil them for the night’s clam chowder.

5. Ride Horses
Riding horses on the beach seems like a far-off fantasy, but it’s easy at the Oregon Coast. Find a horse-riding business through a brochure or online and book your reservation. Little-to-no riding experience required.

6. Surf
Though the Pacific Northwest’s ocean temperature is cold, it also provides some of the best surfing on the West Coast. Use a wetsuit and drive down to Pacific City, where you can surf all day long on some prime waves.

7. Investigate Low-Tide Reefs
When low tide occurs, step into the void and venture to the biggest rock you can find (Haystack?). Investigate the myriad of sea life that live along the shallow reefs. You’ll see more on your own nature adventure than you will at an aquarium.

8. Eat Clam Chowder
The Oregon Coast has some of the best clam chowder restaurants in the world (sorry, New England). With various styles, from soupy to thick, you’ll find that just about every seafood restaurant does it right.

9. Collect Seashells
Stroll along the beach and pick up as many cool shells as you can. Find a fully intact sand dollar and you’ll be the luckiest person on the sand.

10. Drive Along Highway 101
Want to get as many different perspectives of the Oregon Coast as possible? Take a drive along Highway 101. This highway runs along the Pacific Ocean coastline and the ocean is viewable throughout most of the drive.

11. Visit a Lighthouse
Oregon’s famous lighthouses dot the coastline. Find a map and pick out your must-see lighthouses, or simply drive along Highway 101 until you see a sign. Any lighthouse you pick will provide you with a unique and historic view of the ocean.

There are thousands of ways to enjoy the Oregon Coast this summer. For more information on Oregon Coast travel, visit Travel Oregon, a major authority on all things Oregon. Enjoy your adventure!


Grant Allen is a writer and photographer based in Portland, Oregon, where he adventures through the Pacific Northwest rain regularly. Allen, an Eagle Scout, uses his adventure training to capture stunning photography and detailed descriptions of his explorations.

Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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