Spectacular Ever-Changing Views!!!
Submitted: May 29, 2012
Stayed: May 2012
My husband and I flew into North Bend Airport, and stayed at the Sand Castle for a week in mid-May. We were amazed at all our fabulous experiences during a week in Bandon. The house is comfortable, well stocked and was perfectly located ON THE BEACH, where we walked out the door and had immediate access to the sand dunes without going down stairs or steep inclines. We were always on the beach first thing in the mornings looking for agates, jasper and petrified wood. We found some beauties!
The view of the large rock monoliths emerging from the water, framed by the sand, beach grass and Gorse, took our breaths away on a daily basis. Really!!! We travel a lot, all over the world, and this is one of the prettiest views I've seen, especially since it was "all ours." There were hardly any other people around.
So how did we spend our week? We rented horses about 1/2 mile away for a ride down "our beach." My husband played three rounds of golf at Bandon Dunes (two in one day) which he says he likes better than the Monterey courses (and we love that area, too). We visited the West Coast Game Park and played with a baby lion, bear and leopard, while also enjoying their other animals.
The State Parks in the immediate area are amazing with no fees to enter. We enjoyed seeing the light houses at Bullard State Park and Cape Blanco (the most western point in the continental US). There are three other State Parks just north of Bandon that were stunning - Cape Arago, Shore Acres and Sunset Park. We discovered the tide pools at Cape Arago at low tide and found dozens of purple and orange starfish and clusters of multi-colored anemone. There were giant redwoods near the water here, too. So peaceful and magestic. It reminded us of Big Sur. Shore Acres has gardens in the distance there's a small island with hundreds of sea lions barking and swaying with the waves. The main place we saw other people was at a swimming and picnic beach at Sunset Park. These three parks are all very close together.
We found ourselves eating breakfast and sometimes dinners at the Sand Castle just because we didn't want to miss the changing beach views. We otherwise ate at Bandon Dunes' restaurants, and in Old Town Bandon (5-10' away). The Alloro Wine Bar was the nicest upscale restaurant, but the Fish Market's fresh halibut fish and chips, and Tony's Crab Shack (nothing fried) was fabulous and on the Coquille River.
We plan to return to this fabulous place in the future!
Families with Teenagers,
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