BLOG: Experience the Best of Bandon
Just 24 miles south on the 101 from Coos Bay is a little town called Bandon that packs a big punch in the way of things to see and do on the Oregon Coast. Where the winding Coquille River empties into the mighty Pacific, this charming area is known for its historic lighthouse and the world-renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Not only are there many things to do in town, but the coastline, river, and surrounding forest provide ample opportunity for outdoor activities. From amazing rock formations, to stellar hiking, to bird watching and more, there is something in Bandon for everyone.
Best Things to Do in Bandon
Take it easy in Old Town. Located by the marina just off Hwy 101 South, Old Town Bandon is filled with local shops, art galleries, and amazing dining options. If you are a seafood lover, there is no better place on the Oregon coast. Bandon gives genuine meaning to “shopping local,” with unique art for sale, wooden sculptures, and locally made sweet treats. From May – September, enjoy the Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show.
Golf Your Heart Out. Widely known as one of the best courses in America, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort complex offers a whopping five courses complete with stunning ocean views. Unique to this course are the sand dunes along the beach as golfers take in the surrounding landscape. And since this is a resort, guests can indulge in the massage center, the clubhouse, both fine and casual dining, and lounges.
Bullards Beach State Park. A great Bandon Beach is just a couple of miles away at this year-round state park that contains several miles of classic Oregon beach on the north side of the Coquille River. Explore the beach on foot, by mountain bike, or on horseback. Enjoy the park amidst the pine trees; a wonderful feature of Oregon coastline where these stately trees live in harmony with the sand.
Oregon’s Smallest Lighthouse. The Oregon coast is dotted with gorgeous and historical lighthouses. This one is also known as Bandon Light and is a local icon. Located at the south end of Bullards Beach, this decommissioned lighthouse operated from 1896 – 1939. If you are lucky enough to catch it when it’s open (generally May – September) volunteers will explain the history. There’s also interpretive exhibits and a small gift shop.
Visit and fish the Wildlife Refuge. Where the Coquille River meets the Pacific is one of the last salt marshes providing a wonderful habitat for fish species such as Chinook and Coho salmon, cutthroat and steelhead trout. Here you will also see waterfowl by the thousands: falcons, cormorants, and herons. Take in the grandeur of the vistas from the observation deck. Anglers will have a great time with year-round fishing of the species listed above, including striped bass and surfperch. An Oregon fishing license is required. Then take your fresh catch to Tony’s Crab Shack, where they will cook it up for you.
This section of the Oregon coast holds so much for both the leisure and adventure traveler, and there’s no better place to bed for the night than at Bay Point Landing.