Surrounded by the Pacific shoreline with its beautiful dunes and lovely beaches, Oregon’s Adventure Coast is located between the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the North and Shore Acres State Park, an impressive botanical garden on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the South. The area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming, wildlife, bird watching, sea lion and whale watching, tours, cycling, and 4-wheel rides in the dunes. The Port of Coos Bay is an active commercial area.
Here you can hike or camp along one of most scenic areas on the Oregon Coast, eat fresh takes on coastal cuisine and explore miles and miles of sand dunes — some reaching 500 feet high — at the southern entrance to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Or get to know Coos Bay better by visiting the museums that tell its storied past. It’s all up to you. Continuing reading our Coos Bay Travel Guide and start planning your vacation today.
Weather (When to Go)
Average temperatures in Coos Bay vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Coos Bay, the hottest months are July thru September with highs around 68.8°F and rarely dropping below 53.7°F at night. June thru August is the busiest season for tourism in Coos Bay, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 4 days of precipitation per month.
Coos Bay Attractions
Cape Arago Lighthouse
Cape Arago is located 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay and North Bend off Hwy 101. It stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point. The light atop the 44-foot-high tower was first illuminated in 1934 and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. Although newest in terms of service, earlier structures were built on this site in 1866 and 1908, both succumbing to weather and erosion. Hidden behind a guarded fence, Cape Arago is not open to the public.
Shore Acres State Park
This Oregon State Park preserves the former estate of Oregon timber baron Louis Simpson, combining historic structures, manicured gardens, natural areas, and ocean views into one must-see attraction. During your visit you’ll be able to stroll through acres of garden spaces, including several rose gardens, a Japanese-style garden, a garden pavilion, and a greenhouse. Hiking trails take you to stunning ocean viewpoints, where you can watch waves crash against the sandstone bluffs or enjoy whale watching in season.
Cape Arago State Park
South of Coos Bay and off Highway 101, Cape Arago State Park has awesome rocky beaches perfect for hiking, beach combing, wildlife watching, wandering, and exploring. The north side of the cape provides views of Shell Island, a National Wildlife Refuge that is home to seabirds, sea lions and seals. Cape Arago’s South Cove has a nice stretch of sandy beach and a fine selection of tide pools.
Coos History Museum
The Coos History Museum, operated by the nonprofit Coos County Historical Society (CCHS) in North Bend, provides information about the cultural history of south-coastal Oregon, emphasizing area residents’ traditional dependence on rivers, sloughs, and the sea. The museum’s collections include more than 40,000 artifacts, including an extensive assemblage of Coos and Coquille basketry, and more than 200,000 images, including the Victor C. West Maritime Collection.
McCullough Memorial Bridge
The Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge, is a cantilever bridge that spans Coos Bay on U.S. Route 101 near North Bend, Oregon. When completed in 1936 it was named the Coos Bay Bridge. In 1947 it was renamed in honor of Conde B. McCullough who died that year.
Things to do in Coos Bay
Voted the “Favorite Fishing Charter 2017” on Oregon’s South Coast, you can rest easy knowing that when you book with Sharky’s Charters you will have the safest and highest quality experience available on a charter fishing trip. Located in Coos Bay, Oregon world class fishing is found just off our coastline. Lingcod, Rockfish, Tuna, Halibut, and Salmon are all found in the rich ocean just offshore. Telephone: +1 541-260-9110 Web: Sharky’s Charters
South Coast Tours
South Coast Tours offers a variety of fully equipped 2-20 person tours as well as custom overnight tours. The mighty Coos Bay estuary has a ton of paddling opportunities including the nations first National Estuarine Research Reserve in the South Slough of Coos Bay. Telephone: +1 541-373-0487 Web: South Coast Tours
Oregon’s Adventure Coast
When you’re in the mood to have someone else show the way, trust one of their many professionals to show you a great time. From chartered boats, planes and ATV tours, you’ll be able to see Oregon’s Adventure Coast from a local’s point of view. Telephone: +1 541-269-0215 Web: Oregon’s Adventure Coast
Wavecrest Discoveries has specialized in nature-based tours and activities that reconnect you with nature on the southern Oregon Coast since 1995. Their experienced, knowledgeable staff can focus on the details of the dunes, beaches, tidepools, forest, or waterways—or give you a wholistic tour of this delightful area. Telephone: +1 541-267-4027 Web: Wavecrest Discoveries
Rogue Jet Boat Adventures
Rogue Jet Boat Adventures is passionate about sharing the historical message of the Table Rock area and combining that message with thrilling jet boating, scenery, wildlife, exploration, and unforgettable memories. They are part of Rogue Discovery Tours which is dedicated to providing high quality, consistent historical and environmental tours. Telephone: +1 541-414-4182 Web: Rogue Jet Boat Adventures
Best Coos Bay Restaurants
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$$ Blue Huron Bistro
For traditional German cuisine and great beer in Coos Bay, then head to Blue Heron Bistro. They have been serving up authentic food since 1976, has a cozy, nostalgic feel and draws a big local crowd. The restaurant has many homemade products and dishes, from its freshly baked German sourdough to its rich gravies, warming potato salad, and comforting desserts. The beer is reason enough to pay a visit, with a wide array of German varieties to choose from. Telephone: +1 541-267-3933 Web: Blue Huron Bistro
$$ Sharkbites Seafood Cafe
Sharkbites has won awards for serving some of the best seafood along the Oregon Coast. From the bread, fries, sauces, desserts and even the cocktail mixes, all of the food is prepared from scratch using the freshest of ingredients. The fish tacos, Dungeness crab cakes, clam chowder, burgers, and calamari all come highly recommended, as do the Southwestern slaw tacos, which come packed full of beer-battered cod, Monterey Jack cheese and guacamole. Wash it all down with a refreshing bloody mary, Moscow Mule or margarita, and be sure to check out the quirky surf shop before you leave. Telephone: +1 541-269-7475 Web: Sharkbites Seafood Cafe
$$$ The Couch House Restaurant & Lounge
Known for its steaks, ribs and seafood cooked barbecue-style, The Couch Hous has great food and a lively atmosphere. Be sure to try the ribs, bacon-wrapped tuna, or barbecued oysters, along with one of the large salads. The meat is responsibly sourced, cooked fresh on the barbecue, and served perfectly tender and moist. The Couch House also features a relaxing outdoor seating area, which is heated in the winter and in full bloom during the summer months. Telephone: +1 541-267-5116 Web: The Couch House Restaurant & Lounge
$$$ Benetti’s Italian
Family run Benetti’s has unbeatable Italian cuisine with a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Located in a quaint Mediterranean-style villa and featuring a laid-back bar and lounge area, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some great Italian food and service. The dinner menu includes dishes such as seafood pasta, chicken parmigiana, calzones and house-crafted three-cheese ravioli. The Italian minestrone soup, in particular, has received rave reviews. Telephone: +1 541-267-6066 Web: Benetti’s Italian.
Sumin’s is one of the best places in town for sushi, Korean and Chinese food. The sushi is fresh, and prepared with great skill and care. Try the teriyaki chicken, tempura vegetables and egg rolls. Lunch specials are available, or if you’re visiting in the evening, opt for a combination dinner, which consists of four different dishes, served alongside a soup or salad. A small family-run restaurant, with an intimate ambiance and friendly service, you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome. Telephone: +1 541-267-0119 Web: Sumins
Best Coos Bay Nightlife
They have 16 beers on tap — many from Oregon — a full bar with specialty cocktails, as well as bottled and canned beer. Our full kitchen is constantly adding new items to the menu. Classic bar games like pool and shuffle board — and a large back room — make it perfect for events. Their partially-covered patio is wonderful year round. Telephone: +1 541-267-5588 Web: Walt’s Pourhouse
7 Devils Brewing Company
A South Coast Experience Walking through our doors should create the same restorative feeling as walking towards the shore. When you drink a pint at the 7 Devils pub, you experience more than the locally made beer, you celebrate the skills of the whole community of local craftspeople, artists and musicians who built it. Telephone +1 541-808-3738 Web: 7 Devils Brewing Company
Great place to start a night of drinking (strong & cheap drinks). If you like a quiet hole in the wall it’s prefect for you. The staff is usually good. The food is really good for a bar. Telephone: +1 541-267-7772 Web: Captain’s Cabin
Gooney’s Sports Bar
They have live music, karaoke, and just good vibes! When there isn’t music or karaoke going they have a jukebox of new and old music! The staff are all nice. Gooney’s offers a Full Bar, Outdoor Patio, 2 (two) Shuffleboard Tables, 2 (two) Pool Tables, Mega-Tough games, Dart Board, 9 TV’s, and Oregon Video Lottery games. Telephone: +1 541-266-8815 Web: Gooney’s Sports Bar
The Liberty Pub
They pour from 11 taps: 8 craft & imported brews, a nitro handle, a true perry, and one domestic for those who have yet to discover just how wonderful beer can be. Additionally, they have a large antique reach-in bottle cooler with over 20 varieties, including some that they cellared themselves for years… Telephone: +1 541-756-2550 Web: The Liberty Pub
Top Coos Bay Hotels
Itty Bitty Inn 5
Itty Bitty Inn is located in North Bend and features free bikes and a tennis court. This 5-star inn offers free shuttle service and free WiFi. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The rooms in the inn are equipped with a coffee machine. Every room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer. All rooms will provide guests with a microwave. For more information, pricing or to reserve your room visit the Itty Bitty Inn.
The Old Tower House Bed & Breakfast 5
The Old Tower House Bed and Breakfast is central to Oregon’s bay area. Let them help start your adventure with a relaxing stay in an atmosphere that allows you to take it all in. If you are interested in seeing more of the Coos Bay area from the water, Captain Thomas is offering affordable fishing, crabbing, tours, and whale watching. For more information, pricing or to reserve your room visit The Old Tower House Bed & Breakfast.
Lighthouse Cove Inn (Bandon) 4.5
The Lighthouse Cove Inn is located 6 miles from Coquille River Lighthouse and 2 miles from Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint. Free WiFi is included. Guest rooms are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a bath. Selected rooms contain a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven. All rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Guests at Lighthouse Cove Inn can enjoy a continental breakfast. For more information, pricing or to reserve your room visit the Lighthouse Cove Inn.
Seagate Cottage 4.5
With two bedrooms, a great bay front location, and a pet-friendly attitude, this cute and tidy Coos Bay vacation rental is an ideal home base for exploring the Oregon Coast! You’ll have an updated interior and amenities like WiFi, cable TV, and a gas fireplace. For more information, pricing or to reserve your stay visit the Seagate Cottage.
Edgewater Inn 4
This motel features an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Free breakfast and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a business center, a meeting room, and laundry facilities are onsite. For more information, pricing or to reserve your room visit the Edgewater Inn.