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Discover the Heart of the Coast

The Central Coast is alive and wild. Tremendous gray whales swim gracefully along the shoreline. Sunbathing sea lions sound off from rocky shores and docks. Vibrant seabirds soar beneath lighthouse-topped cliffs. Our lively small towns are full of fun shops, friendly restaurants and quaint marinas. The peaceful forest is just a hike away, and treasure awaits on the beach. Welcome to the heart of the Coast.

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Stories from the People’s Coast

  1. Lesser-Known State Parks on the Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA

      Sit back, close your eyes and think of your happy place. Chances are, it just might involve a secluded beach, glowing sunset, the sound of birds overhead and a waterfront picnic with your favorite people. Oregon State Parks has got what you need — especially on the Central Coast, where you can find less crowded parks for beachcombing, hiking, whale watching, tide pooling and…

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  2. Fat Biking the Central Oregon Coast

    Posted by OCVA

    Just a decade ago, fat-tire bikes were a brand-new iteration of mountain biking, hardly part of anyone’s lexicon or vacation plans yet. Today, fat biking is becoming a favorite way to explore the natural beauty and geography of the Oregon Coast. With wider, grippier tires than mountain bikes, fat-tire bikes are sheer fun to ride for all skill levels on all sorts of terrain —…

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  3. 4 Quiet Coastal Towns for Your Next Long Weekend

    Posted by OCVA

    So you’ve got a long weekend to explore the Coast, but want to stay off the beaten path? Plan a road trip to Oregon’s low-key Central Coast, where the area’s pristine beaches, trails, waterways and quaint downtowns make for a rejuvenating retreat. Spend a day adventuring in each coastal village, but caution — you may never want to leave. Day 1: Shopping and wildlife viewing…

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