View of Heceta Beach from Driftwood Shores
: Diana Wells

Coastal Beaches

Discover sandy beaches all along the Oregon Coast, only one hour west of Eugene - Springfield. There is easy beach access at parks from Dunes City to Cape Perpetua with park facilities and convenient parking. Fishing, horseback riding, tidepooling and beachcombing are popular beach activities. Search for shells, crabs, and agates or view local shorebirds and seabirds. Oregon's dramatic sea cliffs offer many scenic vantage points, including a historic lighthouse.

The mountainous wind-sculpted dunes that hug the coastline in Dunes City and Florence invite exploration by all terrain vehicle (ATV) or dune buggy. The Oregon Coast is also home to the world's first sandboarding park. Embrace the Oregon Coast experience by staying overnight in a beach front hotel or camp at the dunes' edge. The Oregon Coast is also a magical destination for beach weddings!

Explore the Beach

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  • Guide to Florence's Best Beaches

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  • How to Explore Oregon's Tide Pools

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  • Beachcombing on the Oregon Coast

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  • Splash Around Safely - Tips for Water Fun

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  • A New Year's Night in Florence, Oregon

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    Beaches & Dunes Access

    Reserve a beach-going wheelchair on Heceta Beach in Florence, OR! A track chair facilitates beach and ocean access for individuals who use a…

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