Exploring Coos Bay, OR

November in the Pacific Northwest is typically rainy, dark, and chilly. However, we decided to brave the elements and take a camping trip in Coos Bay, Oregon. This is the first stop in our west coast road trip - read more about how we prepared for traveling during COVID-19 in our Road Trip Haul post. Fortunately, the weather was perfect for our stay - not too cold with bright, sunny skies. We were able to enjoy views of the ocean, hiking, and strolling along the beach. Read more about our adventures in Oregon's South Coast below.

Beach at Bay Point Landing

Coos Bay is a coastal community in Southwest Oregon. It is surrounded by state parks and national recreation areas which celebrate the unique coastal environment: tide pools, beaches, sand dunes, and cliffs. We were able to stay in the Kamp Haus, a beautiful tiny house cabin, at Bay Point Landing - a resort right on the bay with waterfront views and a private beach. Despite our stay in late November, the weather was warm and sunny - perfect for hiking and exploring the parks in the region.


About Coos Bay


The Coos Bay/Oregon's Bay Area has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. The Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw, and Coquille tribes all settled in the area known for its abundant fishing and forest habitats. The area was colonized by Europeans in the 1850s and has served as a regional hub for Southwest Oregon since. The city was historically a center for lumber milling and fishing and now also offers tourists a view into the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, bays, inlets, and forests.


How to Get There & Tips

Coos Bay is located along the southwestern coast of Oregon. This area is most easily accessed from US Highway 101 - the Oregon Coast Highway - which travels along the coast from the Olympic Peninsula in WA to San Diego in CA. From Seattle or Portland, take the I-5 south to Curtin, OR. Then take the OR State Highway 38 to US 101. Take 101 south to Northbend/Coos Bay. Cape Arago Highway travels south along the coast from Coos Bay and is the best way to access the many state parks in the area.


Things to Do: The natural environment of Coos Bay and the surrounding area is absolutely stunning and any visit to the area must include visiting the beach and coastal overlook areas. In addition to the dunes at North Beach (great for walking along the beach or riding OHVs), there are numerous state parks in the area:

  • Yoakam Point State Park - first state park in the chain, includes the Cape Arago Lighthouse

  • Sunset Bay State Park - sandy beach, streams, picnicking, camping areas, and hiking

  • Shore Acres State Park - hiking, picnicking, gift shop, and botanical gardens ($5 admission)

  • Simpson Reef Overlook - overlook to reef area with views of tidal pools and sea lions

  • Cape Arago State Park - overlooks, hiking trails, and picnic areas at the end of the state parks loop

Each of these parks are connected by the Cape Arago Highway so you can bike, hike, or drive between parks to view different overlooks, beaches, and hiking trails. While Shore Acres State Park charges an admission fee/state parks pass, the other parks are free for day use.


Provisions: Coos Bay, Northbend, and Charleston all offer great restaurant and grocery shopping/markets for meals to go or buying food to prepare while you're visiting. Some of the restaurants we tried for takeout were:

  • Fisherman's Grotto - Charleston/Barview area restaurant that won SW Oregon's best fish and chips for 2020. The fresh, crispy, fried fish filet was tender and juicy and didn't taste overly fried or heavy. It was the perfect lunch to-go after hiking along Cape Arago.

  • Tokyo Bistro - Japanese and sushi restaurant minutes in the Empire neighborhood of Coos Bay. The Charleston, Angry Bird, and Tiger rolls were delicious and perfect for our relaxing evening in the cabin.

Accommodations: There are numerous camping, RV, and hotel options in the region. I highly recommend Bay Point Landing, a cabin and RV resort right along the waterfront. Their tiny house cabins are artfully designed and offer all the amenities you could need for your stay: living rooms (with a couch and TV), kitchenettes, bathrooms, bedrooms/sleeping areas, and wifi. They also have private firepits and lawn furniture which are great for cooler evenings outdoors. We were lucky that the weather was great when we visited, but these cabins are so cozy, I would have been happy to spend a rainy day hanging out there too. The resort also offers some great communal amenities for cabin guests and campers:

  • General store - the "front desk" for the resort which sells a variety of camping essentials (firewood, snacks, s'mores ingredients etc)

  • Community Room - game room and seating area with views of the beach

  • Pavilion - indoor-outdoor event space with picnic tables, seating area, and fireplace

  • Outdoor Amenities - games such as bocce ball and horseshoes, a playground area, and communal firepit

  • Exercise Room - currently closed for the Oregon "freeze" (COVID restrictions)

  • Pool - currently closed for the Oregon "freeze" (COVID restrictions)

Check out their website and Instagram for more information: @baypointlanding.


Views from Coos Bay & Cape Arago



Let's Chat!

We love exploring all over the Pacific Northwest. Where should we head to next? What's your favorite coastal community to visit? Leave your ideas below. Be sure to stay tuned throughout November and December for our (south) western adventures outside of Seattle.



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