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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Queen Bee Boutique

Stop in and see Queen Bee Boutique’s selection of quality family resale items. They’ve got a photo booth too.

409 Hillside Ave.
Brookings, OR

(503)779-6579

South Coast

Old Dog Sportsfishing

Come join an Old Dog Sportfishing fish charter on the southern Oregon coast. Individual, family or groups set out Brookings Harbor, the safest harbor on the Oregon coast. Fish abound, the air is clean and there’s great times to be...

98203 S Bank Chetco River Rd
Brookings, OR

(541) 892-1714
Email us (mikesbbq[at]kfalls[dot]net)

South Coast

Gold River Guides

Giving anglers guidance and positioning for success, Gold River Guides brings to the table local knowledge and experience. Lunch, terminal tackle, and any other fishing gear that is needed is provided on all of their trips. Day trips consist of...

861 Jodee Ln
Brookings, OR

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

South Coast

Brookings River & Ocean Fishing

Treat yourself to the finest light tackle fishing for these hard fighting coastal chrome bright trophies.  Picture yourself battling one of these beauties at the break of dawn from your favorite coastal river.  The excitement of such a fishing adventure...

PO Box 3261
Brookings, OR

(541) 698-7029
Email us (DriftBoatDave[at]hotmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Alfred A. Loeb State Park

 Your first impression of Loeb may well be the fresh scent of the myrtlewood forest … a crisp, eucalyptus-like fragrance. The park is nestled in a grove of these lovely trees, many of which are well over 200 years old....

Brookings, OR

541-469-2021

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Tidewind Sportfishing

Tidewind Sportfishing offers guided trips for Quality Bottom, Salmon, Albacore and Crab.  Whale-watching and specialty trips are also available.

16340 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-0337
Email us (scoastsportfishing[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

This corridor is a 12-mile, forested linear park with a rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small sand beaches. This park was named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent. He and others of his generation felt...

Brookings, OR

541-469-2021

South Coast

Escape Hatch Sports & Cycle Shop

642 Railroad Street
Brookings, OR

(541)469-2914

South Coast

Mountain View Custom Cycles

A motorcycle repair shop offering American V-Twin service/repair, customization, fabrication, sales of replacement parts, tire changes and 24 hour roadside pick up.

16118 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)813-1979

South Coast

McVay Rock State Recreation Site

McVay is a well-hidden park noted for surf fishing, clamming, whale watching, and plenty of space to walk on the beach.  The large lawn area is great for blanket picnics and disc golf. The park is elevated above the ocean. ...

Brookings, OR

541-469-2021

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Harris Beach State Park

Harris Beach was named after the Scottish pioneer George Harris who settled here in the late 1880s to raise sheep and cattle.  The park boasts the largest island off the Oregon coast.  Bird Island (also called Goat Island) is a...

Brookings, OR

541-469-2021

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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

Pacific Sushi & Grill

Pacific Sushi & Grill serves delicious sustainable sushi, grilled seafood, along with noodle dishes and salads. Eater.com named it one of the 15 restaurants worth visiting on the Oregon Coast.

613 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)251-7707

South Coast

Oxenfre Public House

Oxenfrē Public House is a place for all to feel comfortable and enjoy dinner, made from scratch cocktails, gastro-grub and live music.

631 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

(541)813-1985
Email us (oxenpub[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Dutch Bros.

Dutch Bros Coffee is a fun-loving company serious about coffee, real fruit smoothies, frosts, Nitro Cold Brew, tea, sodas and its Blue Rebel Energy Drink. Dutch Bros “broistas” serve up a menu of more than 10,000 drink combinations in Oregon,...

16261 Hwy 101
Brookings, OR

(541)955-4700

South Coast

Bell & Whistle Coffee House

1640 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)412-9876

South Coast

A Beachfront Bed & Breakfast

Oceanfront luxury suites with fireplace, private entry and private bath. Located where the Winchuck River meets the Pacific Ocean. Soul renewing vistas and sounds of the ocean make this a quiet relaxing getaway. Don’t forget your binoculars for watching birds,...

14626 Wollam Road
Brookings, OR

541-469-7045

South Coast

Superfly Distilling Company and Restaurant

Potato vodka is smooth, with a sweet and subtle finish. This combined with the water in Brookings Oregon makes Superfly truly amazing. I don’t charcoal filter my vodka. I don’t distill it a thousand times. It’s not needed. You’ll be...

623 Memory Lane
Brookings, OR

(541)373-0348
Email us (info[at]superflybooze[dot]com)

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Dragon Palace

Choose from Chinese or American dishes at Dragon Palace where the staff is friendly, service is fast, and the portions are large.

1025 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)412-8686

South Coast

South Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast

Located in Oregon’s rugged, unspoiled southern coast, the South Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1917 and designed in the Craftsman style by renowned San Francisco architect Bernard Maybeck. Its tailored furnishings and the warm hospitality of your...

516 Redwood St.
Brookings, OR

541-469-5557
Email us (innkeeper[at]southcoastinn[dot]com)

South Coast

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant specializes in traditional Mexican fare in Brookings.  

16218 Lower Harbor Rd
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2632

South Coast

O’Hollerans Steakhouse and Lounge

O’Hollerans Steakhouse and Lounge has been serving up quality steak and seafood dishes in Brookings since 1952.

1210 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)469-9907

South Coast

Mermaid’s Muse Bed & Breakfast

Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Mermaid’s Muse Bed and Breakfast is located in Brookings in the South Coast region of Oregon. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property, and free private parking is...

18 Seascape Court
Brookings, OR

(541)412-2949

South Coast

Fat Irish Restaurant & Pub

Fat Irish Restaurant & Pub is a locally owned pub working to bring you great food, great drinks and a fun atmosphere. Enjoy their pub fare, oysters and local beers on tap.

16403 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)254-3292
Email us (fatirishpub[at]gmail[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

South Coast

Whales View at Rainbow Rock

Rainbow Rock vacation rental in Brookings, OR.

Rainbow Rock #D112
Brookings, OR

831-801-1700
Email us (d112[at]whalesview[dot]com)

South Coast

Vacasa Vacation Rentals – Brookings

When you book with Vacasa, you’re getting more than a vacation rental. You’re getting professional service you can count on. We’re here for you throughout your entire vacation—from providing 3D tours of every Vacasa property to local staff caring for...

Brookings, OR

503-305-4521
Email us (info[at]vacasa[dot]com)

South Coast

Ocean Suites Motel

Ocean Suites Motel on the coast of Brookings, Oregon, is located ten minutes from the Oregon-California border at the Port of Brookings-Harbor; the southernmost port city in Oregon, often refer’d to as the Banana Belt of Oregon. Brookings-Harbor offers a...

16045 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.4004
Email us (oceansuitesmotel[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Brookings RV Park

96707 E Harris Heights Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-6849

South Coast

A Beachfront Bed & Breakfast

Oceanfront luxury suites with fireplace, private entry and private bath. Located where the Winchuck River meets the Pacific Ocean. Soul renewing vistas and sounds of the ocean make this a quiet relaxing getaway. Don’t forget your binoculars for watching birds,...

14626 Wollam Road
Brookings, OR

541-469-7045

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

The Chetco River Inn

21202 High Prairie Road
Brookings, OR

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

South Coast

South Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast

Located in Oregon’s rugged, unspoiled southern coast, the South Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1917 and designed in the Craftsman style by renowned San Francisco architect Bernard Maybeck. Its tailored furnishings and the warm hospitality of your...

516 Redwood St.
Brookings, OR

541-469-5557
Email us (innkeeper[at]southcoastinn[dot]com)

South Coast

Packers Cabin

Packers Cabin was originally built during the 1930s and served as the headquarters for the Forest Service packer who supplied lookouts and field crews by horse or mule pack trains. Today, visitors no longer need to hitch up a team...

29279 Ellensburg Avenue
Brookings, OR

541-247-3600

South Coast

Alfred A. Loeb State Park (RV Park)

Alfred A. Loeb State Park, known simply as “Loeb” by the locals, is nestled in a dense grove of Myrtlewood trees, many of which are more than 200 years old. The trees give off a crisp, eucalyptus-like fragrance. The pristine...

1655 Hwy. 101 N.
Brookings, OR

800.551.6949

South Coast

Ludlum House

The Ludlum House is situated at the base of a mixed-conifer forest at the confluence of Wheeler Creek and the Winchuck River in southwestern Oregon, offering guests a unique setting for recreation and relaxation. The house was rebuilt in 1999...

29279 Ellensburg Avenue
Brookings, OR

541-247-3600

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

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