oregon's banana belt

Brookings and Harbor are two communities on either side of the Chetco River, united by their shared port. Found within a unique “banana belt” near the Southern Oregon border, warm weather and rugged beauty are all around.

The temperatures around Brookings are so significantly warmer than other towns nearby that meteorologists named the phenomena — the “Chetco Effect”. It can be 20°F warmer in Brookings-Harbor than nearby areas, and temperatures in the middle of winter can sit comfortably in the mid-60’s. Because of this favorable weather local parks and gardens abound with seasonal azaleas and rhododendrons. The northernmost Redwood groves make their home here and the area is also known as the Easter Lily capital of the world. A short drive to the north of Brookings while traveling on Highway 101 brings you to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a 12-mile odyssey of one stunning view after another with beaches and hiking trails to explore.

Featured Spots

South Coast

South Coast Tours LLC

South Coast Tours can take you on an adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and out into the Southern Oregon near shore ocean. Go fishing, wildlife viewing or just simply enjoy the experience of gliding across the waterways...

27436 Hunter Creek Rd
Gold Beach, OR

(541) 373-0487
Email us (dave[at]southcoasttours[dot]net)

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Grocery Outlet

Discount grocery retailer.  Great selection of wine and beer, produce, frozen foods, meats & cheese, and health & beauty. We carry many close outs and everyday NAME BRAND groceries.

906 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)412-7264
Email us (brookings[at]groceryoutlet[dot]com)

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Stateline Sportfishing LLC

15263 Oceanview Dr
Brookings, OR

(707) 628-8643
Email us (richdebsig[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Joe Whaley’s Guide Service

PO Box 7622
Brookings, OR

(541) 661-6555
Email us (joewhaley66[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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Jack’s Guide Service

I have been professionally guiding for salmon, trout and steelhead throughout Northern California and Coastal Oregon for the over twenty years. I thoroughly enjoy my occupation and truly believe that I am one of the hardest working river guides in...

1002 Easy St
Brookings, OR

(541) 661-2711
Email us (trout2000jh[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Fish Seward Alaska, Inc

PO Box 1348
Brookings, OR

(541) 500-7885
Email us (oregonfishingadventure[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Kenton D Bansemer Fishing

861 Jodee Ln
Brookings, OR

(541) 661-2165
Email us (bansemerfishing[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce

The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce supports healthy business.

703 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)469-3181
Email us (visitorcenter[at]brookingsharborchamber[dot]com)

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Semi Aquatic Gallery

Semi Aquatic is artist Spencer Reynolds’ retail space located in the heart of downtown Brookings, Oregon. The shop features Spencer’s paintings, prints, cards and clothing, as well as, a carefully curated collection of hand-crafted and locally made gifts and home...

654 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(503) 504-2861
Email us (spence[at]artandsurf[dot]com)

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Brookings Welcome Center – Travel Oregon

The Crissey Field State Recreation Site, including the Welcome Center, has been temporarily closed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department until further notice. Visitors may call 800.547.7842 to request further information. For local information on the Brookings area, please...

14433 US-101 at the Crissey Field State Recreation Site; 8331
Brookings, OR

(541) 469-4117
Email us (boardmanwc[at]traveloregon[dot]com)

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Secret Beach

Find the trail entrance to Secret Beach about 1/3 mile south of milepost 345 on U.S. 101 in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. There is a small gravel parking area that leads to the 3/4 mile trail down to...

Brookings, OR

South Coast

King Fishers Guide Service

98122 E Hoffeldt Ln
Brookings, OR

(541) 670-7980
Email us (SbrooksStelle[at]gmail[dot]com)

More Info

Brookings City Hall Visitor Center

Physical: 898 Elk Drive
Brookings, OR
Mail:
Brookings, OR

(541)469-1103
Email us (lziemer[at]brookings[dot]or[dot]us)

Travel Curry Coast

Physical: 94235 Moore Street
Gold Beach, OR
Mail: Suite 122
Gold Beach, OR

541-247-3222

Travel Guides

Guide to Paddling on the Coast

Whether it’s cruising through hidden coves in the ocean or paddling around a tranquil lake or estuary, you’ll get a chance to see wildlife and natural scenery that you just can’t find on land. Before you set out to navigate...
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5 Ways to Have Fun Social Distancing on the South Coast

Southern Oregon’s sea-stacked coastline will beguile you. Its beaches are never crowded. And as the tide recedes, dimpled patterns left in the sand invite you to wrinkle them up with your toes. The river mouths and estuaries play host to...
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Travel Guides

Where to Find Fresh Produce and Fish on the Oregon Coast

Editor’s note: Note that masks are required at farmers markets and in indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check business hours and protocols before visiting. As the warm season settles in at the Oregon Coast, balmy weather sets the scene for...
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Travel Guides

Lighthouses

Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the...
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Travel Guides

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast with gray whales by far the most commonly seen. Whale watching is not difficult, but a few tips make it easier. Any location with an ocean view may yield whale...
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Travel Guides

Don't-Miss Spring Events

Hello, blue skies, warmer temps and rain-kissed trails! Springtime is a time of renewal and celebration on the Coast, so grab your kites and your boots, and get ready for your next getaway. Here are some favorite springtime events in March, April and May to build your trip around.
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Featured Dining

South Coast

Fat Cat Pizza

Fat Cat Pizza is locally owned and operated, offering up delicious pizza in a fun atmosphere.

16261 US Hwy. 101
Brookings, OR

(541)469-8400

South Coast

Whales Tail Candy & Gifts

Whales Tail Candy & Gifts is located steps away from the waterfront in the Port of Brookings Harbor. Come smell the ocean and pass the time watching the waves as you eat premium handmade, hand dipped chocolates made at this little shop. Special...

16350 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-5750

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Hungry Clam

Hungry Clam is the winner of the Best Seafood award for Curry County for the last 5 years. It has been mentioned in Coastal Magazine as one of the 3 best seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast.

16350 Lower Harbor Rd.
Brookings, OR

541-469-2526
Email us (kristidan46[at]aol[dot]com)

South Coast

Fely’s Cafe

Fely’s is a local favorite offering breakfast and lunch and their famous burgers.

97900 Shopping Center Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)251-3375

South Coast

Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo offers truly authentic Mexican food like that found from vendors on the streets of Mexico. It uses generations-old recipes and fresh daily ingredients. Cielito Lindo is a favorite among locals because it not only offer authentic Mexican food...

500 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)469-2525

South Coast

Khun Thai

Khun Thia is a family owned Thai restaurant with a unique and welcoming atmosphere. It offers the freshest ingredients and rich and flavorful inspired cooking style.

925 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)412-0555

South Coast

Beachcombers Deli & Seafood

800 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)469-0739

South Coast

The Chetco River Inn

21202 High Prairie Road
Brookings, OR

707-496-9509
Email us (thechetcoriverinn[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Beachfront Bistro

Beachfront Bistro specializes in steaks and seafood in a lovely setting with views of the Pacific Ocean.

16011 Boat Basin Road
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2524

South Coast

Starbucks

Located in Fred Meyer.  Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi availability.

325 5th Street
Brookings, OR

(541)469-1610

South Coast

La Flor De Mexico

La Flor De Mexico is Brooking’s finest Mexican restaurant offering an extensive menu of Mexican food favoirtes including enchiladas, fajitas, and burritos. 

541 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)469-4102

South Coast

A Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast

16980 Coho Drive
Brookings, OR

541-661-3773
Email us (info[at]countryretreatbnb[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

South Coast

Pacific Sunset Inn

Centrally located on US Hwy 101. Our motel is in close proximity to Chetco River, Pacific Ocean beaches, many parks, shopping and restaurants. It is even close to the Redwood National Forest in Northern California, a 30 minute drive from...

1144 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541-469-2141
Email us (pacificsunsetinn[at]yahoo[dot]com)

South Coast

Portside RV Park

Snuggled into an almost hidden canyon, Portside RV Park overlooks the scenic Chetco River, bustling marinas and the majestic Pacific Ocean. Beautiful weather, boating and stunning sunsets make this park your ideal get-away.

16219 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.6616
Email us (mgr[at]portsiderv[dot]com)

South Coast

Paragon Property Management

Welcome to Paragon in beautiful Brookings. We are a full-service Property Management company featuring long-term rentals as well as vacation rentals. We look forward to serving you! Please browse our site and feel free to contact us with any questions....

520 Hemlock St.
Brookings, OR

541.412.7995
Email us (paragonoregon[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Harris Beach State Rec Area

Located on Oregon’s rugged south coast, Harris Beach offers a splendid seascape for sightseers, several trails, and miles of sandy beaches and rocky outcroppings to explore. From the day-use area, enjoy beachside picnicking with a picturesque view of the sea...

1655 Hwy. 101 N.
Brookings, OR

800-551-6949

South Coast

Portside Suites

16220 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541-469-7100
Email us (virginia[at]destinationbrookings[dot]com)

South Coast

Blue Coast Inn and Suites

With the Pacific Ocean and rock cliffs on one side, and green mountains on the other, take a break from the busy life and just escape into nature. At Blue Coast Inn & Suites, you can feel the mild ocean...

1216 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541.469.2161
Email us (bluecoastinnandsuites[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Brookings Inn Resort

Welcome to Brookings Inn Resort, a hotel in Brookings, Oregon, with quaint charm, clean rooms and a great overall experience. Please consider our well-maintained and highly regarded hotel when you’re visiting the area or happen to be passing through. The...

1143 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

(418)131-4445
Email us (mail[at]brookingsinnresort[dot]com)

South Coast

Riverside RV Resort

Southern Oregon’s finest river front RV resort. Located on the North Bank of the Chetco River in Brookings Harbor, Oregon just six miles from the Southern Oregon border and one mile from the Ocean beaches. The serenity and beauty of...

97666 N. Bank Chetco River Road
Brookings, OR

541.469-4799
Email us (chetcocharlie[at]riverside-rv[dot]com)

South Coast

A Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast

16980 Coho Drive
Brookings, OR

541-661-3773
Email us (info[at]countryretreatbnb[dot]com)

South Coast

Fishin’ Shack & Victorian Cottage

In the heart of the banana belt, you will find, The Fishin’ Shack and Victorian Cottage. These cozy & bright 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottages have just what you need for a wonderful coastal vacation. You are only a short...

521 Arnold Lane
Brookings, OR

(541)661-1903

South Coast

A Little Bit of Heaven

We would like to share with you the many treasures available in and around our Brookings, Oregon beach home rental. You can enjoy the view of the ocean from the deck, walk down the stairway to explore the beach and...

431 Buena Vista Loop
Brookings, OR

(541)734-8500

South Coast

Chetco River Resort

Relax on the deck while watching ospreys hunt for their dinner on the scenic Chetco River. You’ll feel a world away from civilization, while being only minutes to the activities of Brookings – excellent dining, breweries, distilleries, art galleries, and...

97748 N. Bank Chetco River Road
Brookings, OR

541-414-2885
Email us (manager[at]chetcoriverresort[dot]com)

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