The Oregon Coast should be on every camper’s To Do list. Being 350 miles long, there are plenty of things to do on that list so you may want to break it into 2 or 3 different trips. While doing the north, we opted to camp at Nehalem Bay State Park because:
Day 2 of the A to Z Challenge brings me to “B”. What makes camping better than a great beach and we have camped at some great beaches. I will do my best to give you my top 5 campgrounds based on the beach alone.
#1 Park Sands Beach Resort – Located in Qualicum Beach which is famous for the miles and miles of sandy beach. Visit when the tide is out and you can walk out as far as the eye can see. That coupled with great summer weather put any campground in Parksville or Qualicum Beach a top choice.
#2 Bella Pacifica Campground – located just outside of Tofino on the South side of Vancouver Island, Bella Pacific Campground is right on the Pacific Ocean. This beach has endless views and miles of Sandy beach, perfect for beach combing or peaceful walks. Famous for the storms, whales and beaches makes any ocean front campground in Tofino or Ucluelet a safe bet if you are seeking beach time.
#3 Nahalem Bay State Park – yes another ocean campground but it is impossible to beat the power of the sea. There are several campground along the Oregon Coast and any of them would be a great choice. Fog might be the only deterrent for a successful summer stay along the coast but either way an ocean front campground is worth booking.
#4 Jessie Honeyman State Park – the only fresh water beach on the list. It makes the list because of the sand dunes it is located on, the great weather of the area and the spectacular views of the area. If you climb the dunes you will still get the views of the ocean while enjoying the comforts of a fresh water lake.
#5 Montague Harbour Provincial Park – On one of the Gulf Islands, Montague Harbour Provincial Park can be found on Galiano Island. The beach combing is what makes this one of my top choices. It has a unique shell beach which offers hours of great walks
The first time we explored the Oregon Coast we were in a tent trailer and had two young children. Changing camp grounds did not sound appealing to us and most ocean-front campground reviews suggested you pack warm clothes because of the cool ocean breeze. We live on the west coast so we get plenty of the cool ocean breeze; what we wanted was the warm southern sun and a home base to explore all the area has to offer. For those reason we decided on Jessie M. Honeyman State Park. It was far enough south that we could expect warmer weather, and it’s sand dunes buffered us from the cool ocean breeze while allowing us to experience these unique sand dunes for the first time. This park is a great location for a base camp because of its easy drive to all the great southern Oregon Coast attractions.