I was never much for camping until I started camping in Oregon. Specifically camping on the Oregon coast. It has the perfect blend of beach and green trees. There are many popular camp spots, but I have only tried a couple of these spots. There are many that I would love to camp at and maybe I will get to all of them. Here are a few that are popular and picturesque.
Florence, Oregon is a popular coastal town, especially if you like the Dunes. I’m not much for riding Atvs, but I do love horses. Riding horses on the beach is a dream of mine that I intend to achieve. There is a trail where you can ride horses on the beach in Florence. I have heard it is a lot of fun. There is also a state park with one of my favorite trails, lighthouses and beach access. It is the Heceta Head State Park. The closest camp spot to all of these lovely attractions is Honeyman campground. There is no beach access which is a bummer for me. However it is close to the Dunes and tourist attractions. You can camp or rent a yurt. For some reason the yurt prices here are higher than other campgrounds so you may just want to grab a camp spot. There is a lovely river called the Siuslaw River. Many people fish, kayak and enjoy the scenic view.
A place that I visit, but have not yet camped at is Lake Marie. These is a beautiful river located outside of Reedsport. This is a small town on the Oregon coast that is close to Dunes and Winchester Bay. There is a lighthouse, scenic view point and a trail around the lake that I love to walk on. There are beautiful trees and flowers. Unfortunately since it is a small area there are not many camp spots which means if you get a spot you are lucky. I love the view of the river and mountains. Many people fish, kayak and study the various plants around the river. The trail has many of the plants named so it is also educational.
My favorite place to camp is on Beverly Beach in Newport, Oregon. My family has a yearly camping tradition of camping at this campground in the summer. It is bigger than some of the other camp spots but it fills up fast. This is a great beach to beachcomb and look for seashells. It is picturesque for taking landscape photos which I love to do. It is close to the Bay, shopping, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and other tourists attractions. I mostly love that is is right by the beach and such a picturesque place to visit.
If you get a chance to visit Newport Oregon you should make some time to try the Marine Discovery Cruise. This is a tour of Newport Bay and also a whale watching experience. Sometimes there are no whales but you usually see at least one. I went on a Marine Discovery Cruise in July and saw two whales! Grey Whales are usually the whales seen. When I saw them it was apparently very rare to see two at that time of year because it was their feeding time. When Grey Whales feed they don’t swim together like they usually do. They swim individually because they are looking for food.
You will also see other life by the sea on this Marine Discovery cruise. You can see Jellyfish, porpoises, seals and different types of birds. When I took the cruise in July we saw a Pelican which apparently was very rare to see in Newport Oregon. The captain on our cruise had been in the coast guard and had been blessed to be stationed in Newport Oregon for eleven of his coast guard years. He was very familiar with the area so when he retired he bought a boat and joined the Marine Discovery Cruise line. There was a woman who was basically our navigator. She also had a degree in Marine Science so she was telling us about a lot of the animals and sea life.
At one point, the woman asked people if they wanted to come to the front of the boat to see some sea creatures she had found. She had starfish, crabs, sea snails and some other interesting things. There was also a time when people could help lower the crab rings and bring them out of the water. People, especially the kids really liked this. Another fun thing was that the Captain said people could go upstairs to the Wheelhouse and talk with him. He even showed people how to steer the boat. Once again, the kids really loved this experience.
The Marine Discovery cruise is great for the family or people without kids who just love being on a boat in the ocean on a nice day. As of 2018 the ticket price is $40 per person. This tour lasts about two hours, but to me it is worth it. I got so many nice pictures of the Newport Bridge, various birds, the boat, the bay, whales and more.
Newport, Oregon is one of the best cities on the Oregon coast. There are many tourist attractions like the lighthouse, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Ripley’s and the Wax Museum. There is also shopping and the Oregon Aquarium just to name a few attractions. I enjoy all of these attractions but I must admit the beach is my favorite place to go. Once a year we camp at the Beverly Beach Campground. This is something I look forward to every summer.
Camping is fun but Beverly Beach is the reason I love camping in Newport, Oregon. There are many camp spots and beaches in and around Newport. However Beverly Beach is one of the best. There is this cool bridge right by the beach. You walk under it when walking from the camp site to the beach. There are neat looking sticks and rocks by the bridge and on the beach. You can build sandcastles or collect sea shells. You can walk along the beach and feel the sand between your toes. I love doing this and enjoying the feel of the clear, refreshing water. There are also walking trails if you want to take a trail. You can also find a trail to the lighthouse a few miles away. Beverly Beach is a place you must see if you travel to Newport, Oregon.