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Bandon: A Golfer’s Paradise on the Ocean

Bandon - also known as Bandon-by-the-Sea - sits on the southern part of the Oregon coast, and this small town enjoys the benefits of more sun and warm weather than many other parts of Oregon. The spectacular setting along a rugged piece of coastline makes it a popular area for sporting opportunities. Golfing has become a world-class pursuit in Bandon, with tournament-quality golf courses attracting top professional golfers from all over the world. Your vacation house, cottage or cabin will include amenities such as Internet access, satellite or cable TV and free parking.

Golfing

Bandon was just a fishing village until it became home to some of the best golf courses in the world. Spectacular ocean views and reliably comfortable weather contribute to an environment that appeals to golfers of all skill levels. You can golf or you can attend a PGA tournament to watch your favorite professional golfers play in a magnificent ocean setting. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Bandon Crossings Golf Course will make your golfing vacation a one-of-a-kind experience on the Oregon coast.

Shopping and Dining

Bandon is home to many fine restaurants which serve a variety of delicious cuisine. Seafood is a ubiquitous menu item in this ocean village, and you can enjoy fresh fish, crab and clam chowder that come from the waters outside your window. Old Town Bandon has many quaint restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries for your enjoyment. Unique shops and galleries offer crafts, glass blowing and art that focuses on the natural environment that Bandon enjoys.

Cranberries: Bandon is home to a large cranberry industry, with bogs of cranberries a frequent sight in the area. Cranberries are planted in sunken fields - or bogs - and are harvested by flooding the bog with water to allow the cranberries to float to the surface to be gathered and harvested. For more than 70 years, the annual Cranberry Festival in September has made Bandon the “Cranberry Capital of Oregon. Many types of cranberry juices, jams and other delicious treats are available in boutique shops in the Bandon area.

Outdoor Adventures

The southern Oregon coast is home to sand dunes, forests and many outdoor sports opportunities. Hiking, surfing, beachcombing, horseback riding and kite flying can all be enjoyed during your stay. This area of the coast is less populated than the northern coast which is closer to the urban center of Portland. You can enjoy solitude when you explore the Bandon area.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area: Just an hour’s drive north of Bandon is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which is a vast area of sandy dunes known for its opportunities for riding and playing on all-terrain vehicles. Ocean access, hiking, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing are available in the dunes as well.

Weather

Bandon’s southern location just 90 miles north of the California border means it enjoys a warmer climate than the rest of Oregon and the coast. Warm summers and mild winters make this an excellent location to visit any time of the year. Like any location on the Oregon coast, rain and wind can always be possible, so it is important to pack a rainproof, windproof jacket and waterproof shoes for your adventures during your stay.

How to Get There

The Oregon coast is a remote area, and the best way to travel to Bandon and explore the coastline is by private or rental car. The closest international airport is in Portland, Oregon, which is more than a six-hour drive from Bandon. North Bend is a 40-minute drive north of Bandon, and it has a small airport that offers a few commercial flights to Portland for your travel convenience. Commercial buses also serve the Bandon area.

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