If you have not had a chance yet to go to the Oregon Coast then I would encourage you to go.
My favorite spots to visit on the Oregon Coast are Newport, and Depoe Bay. For camping I enjoy Beverly Beach State Park. For amazing places to see from beaches, check out the Blog about the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
For whale watching Depoe Bay is the place to be. We saw whales up and down the coast on our visit. We captured photos of whales from Depoe Bay and from the mountain outlook up the coast were you can shoot straight down. When you visit Depot Bay, stop in and eat at the Sea Hag restaurant where they have great breakfast and it is right on the main highway 101 through town. Beverly Beach State Park has some awesome camping spots and trees, like the one pictured above are just the beginning. This campground is like going back in time when there were BIG forests. I have done my best to get to Beverly Beach every five years camping if at all possible.
Camp ground info:
Beverly Beach has 21 rustic yurts (2 pet-friendly yurts), 53 full hookups (30 with cable), 128 tent sites, and 75 electrical sites. Central to Newport and Depoe Bay, it’s the perfect location to stay and then go out to explore. FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE
Depoe Bay Sea Hag restraint: See the Depoe Bay Video Below
Depot Bay has a Whale Watching Center and it sits to the left of this photo below. The channel that leads into Depoe Bay is right next to the Whale Watching Center and has a great view. The bridge over this inlet is on the south side of the bay and town. The two bridges: one in Newport over the inlet to the bay, and the one in Depoe Bay have history as well. The picture below is a whale getting ready to dive. The weather was great and we were able to spend some great time on the beach just up the highway.
Keith on the wall at Depoe Bay.
Whale breaches in Depoe Bay
You also have the aquarium just South of Newport that sports one of the best salt water exhibits I have ever seen. The glass tunnel with sharks swimming overhead is a HUGE hit for the kids. If you have an opportunity to visit make sure you allow 3 to 4 hours at the Aquarium.