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Spectacular views

I grew up in the area, so Cape Arago was a regular destination for tidepooling & picnicking. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ann K
Many sea birds and four types of seals and sea lions

During whale season, you will whales off the point. Cameras and binoculars are advisable. Dress... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Sue R
Dallas, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in the area, so Cape Arago was a regular destination for tidepooling & picnicking. I always drive the 15 miles from Coos Bay on my infrequent trips to the Bay Area. For the history buff-- Sir Francis Drake may have sought shelter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ann K
Reviewed December 14, 2018

West of Coos Bay, past Charleston, a stretch of three state parks: Sunset Bay, Shore Acres, and then this one at the end. Lots of picturesque forest and views of the water. At Cape Arago Park, there are some hiking trails that yield you views...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank bwanderer1
Reviewed December 11, 2018

During whale season, you will whales off the point. Cameras and binoculars are advisable. Dress appropriately as it can be very windy and cold.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sue R
Reviewed November 14, 2018

After we parked our car, we got out and heard lots of noise. There were lots of seals. We had some fishermen who talked to us. They said that in the morning is the best time to fish. The ocean was calm and there was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robby G C
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We visit here often. The ocean view is spectacular. You can here the seals and see whales from the viewing area.

Date of experience: March 2018
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We had our daughter's wedding ceremony here. What a gorgeous location and the pictures are amazing. Our guests could not stop raving and most were from out of town so it was a pleasure to show them what makes the Oregon coast stand out!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tracy B
Reviewed November 11, 2018

When you get here, you have reached the end of the road which actually circles around and spits you out heading back north. This is not actually a venue or what I would call a destination. there are no attractions of playground, gazebo or restroom,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Craig F
Reviewed October 22, 2018

A peaceful and rugged section of coast with amazing views and abundant creatures. We camped at Sunset Bay and visited this park on one of our days. It was gorgeous.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Kari H
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Great scenery with getting to see lots of seals and sea lions. We visited this park with Shore Acres and it was a fun way to spend half the day. It was nice they had a couple wildlife experts at the Simpson Reef Overlook with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank relayer
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Such a picturesque spot! The last time I visited, I saw a whale. First time ever. This time there were no whales but the waves, cliffs, and sunset were incredible. Take the time to walk around and soak in everything about this place.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Rebecca T
July 14, 2018|
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Response from jon40909 | Reviewed this property |
None that I know of it's kinda hit and miss I had stumbled upon 1 laying on beach only twice
Donna M
May 23, 2018|
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Response from jon40909 | Reviewed this property |
No pass needed unless you go to sunset beach it's 5 dollars usually you get them inside park kinda like atm put in cash get sticker you can get daily pass it's 5 dollars.
Leila R
August 29, 2017|
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Response from SALEMSTEVE | Reviewed this property |
You might check in nearby Charleston or the docks in Bandon.
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Kayla M
Jacksonville, Florida
From Brookings to Pacific City (4 Replies)
Hello All, Wanted to get some advice on the Oregon portion of our roadtrip. On June 11th we will be arriving in Brookings around 7pm and staying the night. The next day we have reservations at a vacation rental in Pacific City. We have a dog and cat in the car, so while I would like to do a good bit of sightseeing and take our time getting up there, we have to keep it all pet-friendly. I am planning on about a 10-11 hour day with driving and stops. I’ve put together a tentative list of...More
May 03, 2013|
Response fromdengay|
WOW!! That's a lot, especially considering about 7 hrs will be spent in the car! Are you driving out to Cape Blanco to see the lighthouse, or to say you've been to the western most place in Oregon? If neither of those matter to you, I'd skip driving that far off of hwy 101 and instead, stop at Port Orford Heads right in Port Orford, where you can get a little dose of history to go along with spectacular coastal views. Cape Arago is only one of the attractions out that way. IMO, Shore...More
Dave L
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Destination, hiking and camping questions (3 Replies)
Traveling through Coastal Southern Oregon in the beginning of June for 3-4 days (I'm doing a 10-day trip driving from Los Angeles but starting my real trip in Humboldt Redwoods SP in NorCali and traveling North to Oregon). Looking for the best places to camp a well as good hiking trails/gardens/ocean views/etc. From the little I researched, I was thinking of hitting up Brookings (seeing Harris Beach State Park and ??), Coos Bay (seeing Cape Arago State Park, Shore Acres State Park and ??)...More
November 10, 2016|
Response fromoregonpoppa|
Dunes City is a residential community on the inland side of the coast highway. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches from around Reedsport north through Florence, with two outfits that offer guided dune buggy rides into the dunes. If your plan is a roundtrip returning to L.A. in 10 days, it's not really clear to me how much time you will have to spend in Oregon. A lot depends on how long you will be taking to get to San Francisco. You can do it easily in one day going up I-5 or...More
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This was our first time to the Oregon coast. The sights are mostly overwhelming. The sand and rugged cliffs do not seem to end. It makes you want to photograph and paint where ever you look. Spectacular scenes mile after mile. HOWEVER I just didn't believe how cold it was in mid-July! never getting over 17C! basically 50-60F. I was mistaken to think the summer hit all of America at the same time. Heck if I wanted those temperatures I thought I would have to go to the northern Yukon or...More
July 27, 2010|
Response fromphirl|
Welcome to the Oregon coast. I grew uo there and return often, never know what the weather may b. just always need to bring an extra layer.