This page about Coos Bay Oregon is for the guests of the Inn of the Beachcomber and those of you that found it in cyber space. We are planning to offer more information about the Coos Bay area as we have time but thought we would at least offer this as a start. The Beachcomber is a 47 unit inn located on the beach in Gold Beach Oregon. We are 53 miles from the Redwood National Parks headquarters in Crescent City, California and all that the coastal redwoods have to offer and 80 miles south of Coos Bay Oregon.
What does Frommerís say about the Gold Beach Area?
ďThe 60-mile stretch of coast between Port Orford and the California state line is perhaps the most beautiful stretch of the entire Oregon coast, yet because of its distance from major metropolitan areas, it attracts surprisingly few visitors.Ē
Here is a little info on the drive from the Inn of the Beachcomber to Coos Bay
If you leave the Inn of the Beachcomber the drive to Coos Bay is 80 miles or about an hour and a half if you are driving straight through ( not recommended). Four hours would be enough time to grab a bite to eat and see some of the spectacular southern Oregon coastline. It is an understatement to say the 27 miles from Gold Beach to Port Orford is spectacular so I will just say itís unreal. North of Port Orford about three miles is Cape Blanco State Park and lighthouse and the Huges House Museum (www.hugheshouse.org). Cape Blanco lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Oregon and the Most Westerly spot in Oregon. When you first pull of to the lighthouse you understand pretty quickly why it was the first lighthouse in Oregon.
After Cape Blanco the next highlight would be the town of Bandon. Bandon is 26 miles from Cape Blanco State Park. In my mind the drive from Cape Blanco to Bandon is not that special and can be done pretty quickly. One idea if you have little ones is to stop at the West Coast Game Park. It is suppose to be the largest petting zoo in America. (www.gameparksafari.com). The game park is located on Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Bandon. Bandon has world class golf at Bandon Dunes Resort and at Bandon Crossings. It has a quaint old town located on the harbor that offers plenty of choices for a quick bite to eat or a place to pick up something special at one of the many nice shops located in old town.
Coos Bay seems like it is currently known for the Mill Casino. The Mill Casino is an Indian gaming casino that also has a motel and restaurant. I personally am not into the casino thing so I canít offer much advice on the gaming side. I can say that they have added a new hotel on the complex and an RV park and that it is a large, hopping place. More my style for Coos Bay would be to go down to Charleston and grab some fresh seafood and get the feel of a working harbor. Lots of charter boats to choose from.