Bandon, Oregon ( or Bandon-by-the-Sea) has been one of our favorite places to stop and spend a few days since we first visited the West Coast in 2000. The easy to reach flat beaches with fascinating sea stacks allow for great walks at sunset. At low tide, you can wander among the sea stacks and through the arches. But always beware, because the tide will return, and you may be trapped in a cove far from your car.
Bandon is located on the Southern Oregon Coast where the Coquille River meets the Pacific Ocean. It is 90 miles north of the California border or about a 90-minute drive from Interstate 5 at Roseburg.
We have tried several of the local campgrounds but find that The Bandon RV Park right on Highway 1 a half-mile from Old Town to be the best for convenience. It is just a parking lot with hook-ups but is so close to restaurants and the beach, that we always stay there. It is clean and the people at the desk at friendly and helpful.
The first thing we do after parking our rig is head to town for a lunch fish fry at Bandon Bait Shop and then continue to walk to the beach for afternoon and evening stroll among the sea stacks. It is just far enough to wear off the lunch calories so that we can have a glass of wine and hors d oeuvres at a local restaurant before heading back to rig. To top it all off, if you are not too late, you can stop for ice cream at Face Rock Creamery.
Bandon is also home to the Annual Cranberry Festival in September. Here you can find everything to do with cranberries from parades, dances, cook-offs and cranberry eating contests. Plus Fall on the Oregon coast is the best time of year.
So be sure to put Bandon on your list for places to stay in Oregon.
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