Is the Oregon Coast a Winter Destination? YES.

Posted by TravelCoosBay on January 19, 2017

You may surprised to learn that winter on the Oregon Coast is actually a lot more pleasant than most people realize. Despite what you may hear about cold and rainy Oregon winters, it's not uncommon for coastal residents and visitors to be treated to spectacular balmy days of sunshine. In fact, if you're visiting during the winter months, it might be wise to pack some lighter gear and even shorts!

An Oregon Coast winter is sometimes warm, sometimes wet, but always wild and wonderful.

One the draws of the Oregon Coast is it’s wild unpredictability. There is never a dull day when you live near the mighty Pacific ocean.

You may surprised to learn that winter on the Oregon Coast is actually a lot more pleasant than most people realize. Despite what you may hear about cold and rainy Oregon winters, it’s not uncommon for coastal residents and visitors to be treated to spectacular balmy days of sunshine. In fact, if you’re visiting during the winter months, it might be wise to pack some lighter gear and even shorts!

“Weather statistics bring out the truth, and it’s stranger than fiction,” it says in this Oregon Coast Beach Connection article, The Truth About Oregon Coast Winter Weather. “There’s often more than a sprinkling of blue skies and nice vibes in the winter than you’re probably aware of. On top of it all, meteorologists will admit you don’t get the full picture when it comes to coastal forecasts, and there is even a kind of secret miniature summer tucked away near the end of winter”.

Travel Oregon’s Emily Forsha says winter is her favorite season on the Oregon Coast. “You might find yourself cozying up by a fireplace, watching angry waves crash during a spectacular storm; or you may find yourself on an uncrowded beach on a clear, sunny day that ends with a sunset over a beach bonfire,” she writes in her post, The Oregon Coast, A Winter Odyssey.

This 2015 video (featuring a very cool scene from Shore Acres State Park) invites you to “take an awe-inspiring winter odyssey along all 363 miles of Oregon’s public coast where waves thunder onto the shore, crabbing is at its peak, and a rainbow welcomes the calm after the storm”. Enjoy!


To learn more about winter fun on our adventure coast, check out An Oregon Wintercation in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston” in Travel Oregon’s Trip Ideas section that shares some recommended activities this winter such as

      • Fishing and Crabbing: January is a perfect time to go crabbing on the Southern Oregon Coast whether you like to catch them yourself or just eat them. Any crabber will tell you the general rule of thumb if you wanna go crabbing is do it in a month with an ‘r’ (January, February, March, etc).
      • Storm Watching: The Cape Arago Beach Loop will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast.
      • Play at The Mill Casino in North Bend: With over 700 slots, Vegas style table games, Oregon’s only igaming room and Oregon’s most rewarding cash-back player’s club, The Mill Casino is the place for players!
      • Visit the Oregon Dunes. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and it is like no place on earth.
      • Enjoy Coast Culture: Visit our unique museums and experience the rich artistic culture and maritime history of the Oregon Coast or check out a show at Little Theatre on the Bay in North Bend.

Mark your calendar for the following events happening on Oregon’s Adventure Coast this winter. For a full list of events visit Oregon’s Adventure Coast Events Page.