Central Oregon Towns and Cities

If you’re traveling the Central Oregon Coast, below are some nearby towns and cities to visit along the way.


Newport is located 10 miles north of Seal Rock (approx. 15 minutes). Newport boasts uncrowded beaches, pristine scenery, and the hustle and bustle of an active seaside community. If you’d like to learn more about ocean life on the Oregon Coast visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center (free admission to the visitors center) or the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Visit the Newport website.

Nye Beach and wood sculpture

Nye Beach and wood sculpture

Visit Historic Nye Beach. Nye Beach is historically one of the finest vacation spots on the Oregon Coast. For over 100 years, people from Portland and the Willamette Valley have been coming to this favorite place to seek solace in and alongside the waters of the Pacific Ocean.


Dock of the Bay at Waldport

Dock of the Bay on Waldport’s bay waterfront

Waldport is a small community on Alsea Bay offers fishing, crabbing, and clamming and has a free crabbing dock. Bridge walks and nature walks have become popular. Drift Creek Wilderness, a few miles east of Waldport, is accessible only to hikers. A wayside at the south end of town provides beach access.


The quiet, unhurried atmosphere of this tiny oceanfront resort village offers vacationers a peaceful retreat from the hustle of city life and a friendly alternative to the impersonal quality of a large coastal community. The uncrowded beaches of the Yachats area are promising for agate and fossil hunting, birding, hiking and strolling, fishing, clamming, kite flying or picnicking. Its basalt headlands meet some of the most dramatic surf action in the world, attracting photographers and storm watchers, especially during the spectacular winter storms that arrive in December, January, and February. Visit the Yachats website.

 Depoe Bay

Your visit to the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast” is sure to be a memorable one. There is a resident pod of grey whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch either from the new Whale Watch Center, the many shore observation spots or you can take a charter out for a closer look. Visit the Depoe Bay website.


Florence is a scenic and recreational paradise. A charming old town which was originally a mill town. Old Town boasts a number of interesting shops and restaurants, and there is a marina on the waterfront. Along Highway 101, there are many new stores in this growing area of the Oregon coast.

Camping, fishing, dune buggy rides, sand boarding, shopping, crabbing, clamming, birding, hiking and golfing are but a few of the activities available in Florence. Visit the Florence website.

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