Year-round, the Oregon coast is home to a variety of surfing hot spots. You don’t need to be a surfer to enjoy a trip along the coast, though — especially since there are so many great parks, restaurants, and spots to visit. Pack up the car, enjoy the view and don’t let a little Pacific Northwest wind keep you from catching a wave (or at least hanging out at the beach).Read More
Where to Eat and Visit on Your Oregon Surfing Getaway
1. Beach Day Coffee
If you’re starting your day on the north end, grab a cup of locally roasted joe from Beach Day Coffee. From lattes to smoothies, you’ll find fresh ingredients in a funky little cafe just steps from the Seaside Promenade. Try the Drink of the Day and sample something special, like the Coconut Haystack Latte with caramel and coconut. Prefer a fruity pick-me-up? Go for super fresh squeezed orange juice.
2. Ecola State Park
Enjoy nine miles of coastline connecting several beaches, hiking trails, and old growth rainforest. Pack a picnic for scenic Tillamook Head and take in panoramic views. To the south, you’ll see Cannon Beach and famous Haystack Rock. Keep your camera ready as you might notice migrating gray whales in winter and spring. Join locals at Indian Beach, a secluded spot perfect for year-round surfing and kayaking.
3. Tillamook Cheese Factory
Head inland for a sweet tooth break, but prepare to make a difficult decision as Tillamook’s ice cream counter abounds with mouthwatering options. Pair your favorite flavor with a waffle cone fresh from the griddle. Go for a classic scoop, or try something unique like Cinnamon Horchata, Marionberry Pie, or Oregon Hazelnut with Salted Caramel. Made it in time for lunch? A must-try local favorite is Tillamook’s Centennial Grilled Cheese sourdough sandwich.
4. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
For a popular surf spot with free parking, head to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City for a pristine beach ideal for catching consistent waves. Beginners should stick to the clean breaks along the main beach area. More experienced? Register for the Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic held annually in September. Or, set up a cozy beach chair and enjoy the spectator sport.
5. Ben & Jeff's Burgers and Tacos
While in Pacific City, feed your cravings at Ben and Jeff’s—or BJ’s as the locals say—where you’ll find cold beer and hot beach grub. Try a massive Carne Asada burrito or a super fresh Baja fish sandwich. On a hot summer day, there may be a line but it’s worth the wait! After filling up, head next door to Moment Surf Company to see the latest gear and check the surf forecast.
6. Tiki's at 51st
For a super funky atmosphere with plenty of kitsch and great eats, head to Tiki’s in Lincoln City. There’s a cute little patio perfect for sipping mojitos and margaritas and you just might meet the resident parrot. Must-try menu items include fish tacos, chowder, and The Piggy—slow-cooked island style pulled pork with coleslaw on a warm bun. Tiki’s serves a variety of gluten free options, as well as kid sized portions.
7. Mo’s West and Otter Rock
Warm up with Mo’s famous chowder and a sampling of local Yaquina Bay oysters at this family-owned seafood shack. Then head out to enjoy one of the area’s most popular surf spots. Beginners will appreciate the low winds and longboarders will love repetitive swells, but note that weekends may be a little crowded along the cape. You’ll find a number of competitions in the area, too, including the annual Otter Rock-N-Roll youth surf contest.
8. Homegrown Public House
If sampling local brews is on your surf getaway wish list, head to Homegrown Public House for a variety of regional drafts. Try Devils Endless Summer Blonde or Planktown Stout paired with fried Willamette Valley cheese curds and Oregon mushroom flatbread. Gluten free and vegetarian options abound here, and you’ll also notice a sizeable cocktail list featuring local ingredients. Perk up with a Spruced Lavender Blueberry Lemondrop after a day of surfing Florence’s south jetty, known for its strong currents best saved for advanced surfers.
9. Hook’d Cafe
This family-friendly venue is a go-to diner for breakfast and brunch. You’ll want to fill up on one of their country scrambles, a local favorite. The staff is super friendly, the atmosphere is casual and welcoming, and the seaside view is pretty incredible, too. Most everything on the menu comes in under ten bucks but you definitely won’t leave hungry. You’ll also find two different surfing spots in Port Orford: Hubbard Creek is better for beginners but Battle Rock can be a little tricky, so check the local surf forecast before you head out.
10. Fat Irish Pub
Harbor, OR 97415
Check out Happy Hour at Fat Irish Pub, where there are plenty of food and drink options for less than five bucks. Pair a cold IPA with a bowl of chowder to warm your soul after a brisk day on the water. Or go local with fresh shucked Oregon oysters as an app before digging into a hearty sirloin stew. Nearby, the south jetty offers a great spot for surfing, suitable for beginners, with free parking at the beach.