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Depoe Bay is a great vacation destination in Coastal Oregon. Your stay can include lodging at a rental condo, house, or cottage in the area. These properties include many fantastic facilities. Amenities may include pools, outdoor grills, internet access, and cable television.
Whales are a highlight of any stay in Depoe Bay. While some whales migrate from the Bering Sea to Baja, California each year, there are a group of grey whales that live in the waters of Depoe Bay for 10 months every year. There are many land observation stations where you can view the whales in the water. However, for a more personal view, a boat trip is a must. Daily boat tours leave the area several times each day and head for the waters where the whales will be seen. Travelers from around the world come to Depoe Bay to see the whales.
There are many interesting parks to visit in the Depoe Bay area. The Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area in nearby Otter Rock offers a rare glimpse into an interesting natural rock formation. Likely formed by the collapse of two sea cave roofs, the water rushes into and swirls around what now looks like a punchbowl. Hiking trails and picnic grounds can be found at this park, overlooking the punchbowl.
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area is another park in the area. Located where the creek and the ocean meet, the opportunity for tide pooling is an option. Known for its fishing and bird watching, this park also has hiking trails. A picnic area sheltered from the wind and a picnic pavilion are also on the grounds for those who choose to use them.
There are many beaches to visit along the coast of Oregon and in Depoe Bay. Lincoln Beach and South Beach are just two of the many choices one can opt for. Besides sunbathing and swimming, you can go scuba diving in South Beach. You can rent gear at a nearby store that specializes in scuba. Additionally, there are many nature hikes and much wildlife to be seen in some of the beach areas you can visit. Of course, there may even be an opportunity to see some whales if you choose the right beach area.
The weather in Depoe, Oregon is pretty cold in the winter with lows in the mid-30s. Only a trace of snow usually falls in this area. Summer is warmer with high temperatures in the mid-60s. Depoe Bay does get an average of 68 inches of rain annually, which is above average for the United States. The best time to visit the area depends on your activity choices. Many enjoy watching the ocean during winter storms, but most will probably enjoy late spring and early fall best due to the nice weather and lack of crowds
Some will choose to drive to Depoe Bay which is a good choice for those who reside relatively close. Others may choose to rent a car to drive further distances to arrive in Depoe Bay. The closest airport to the area is the Eugene Airport at 97 miles away. The closest major would be Portland International Airport, which is 113 miles away. For those who choose to come by rail, the nearest Amtrak station is in Newport, Oregon, about 12 miles from Depoe Bay. When you arrive in Depoe Bay, you will see that it was worth the travel time.