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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Sierra Club Outings

Choose from a variety of guided trips with Sierra Club Outings. It’s your chance to explore Oregon with other environmentally-conscious individuals. Small group sizes provide a more intimate vacation experience whether you choose a lodge-based vaction or rugged wilderness journey....

2101 Webster St
Brookings, OR

415-977-5690
Email us (outings[dot]permits[at]sierraclub[dot]org)

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Blackhawk Outfitters LLC

Blackhawk Outfitters guides will lead you on the Smith, Rogue, Chetco, Klamath, Sixes and Elk Rivers fishing for salmon and steelhead. They offer guided hunting trips as well.

Brookings, OR

(541) 469-9003
Email us (guide[at]blackhawkoutfitters[dot]com)

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Early Fishing Inc

Quality salmon and steelhead fishing trips in the Southern Oregon region. Specializing in personalized service, fishing instruction and fun with over 30 years guiding experience. Comfortable Willie drift boats and power boats.

Brookings, OR

(541) 469-0525
Email us (info[at]earlyfishing[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)

South Coast

Gift Shop at Driftwood RV Park

A market and gift shop located at Driftwood RV Park.

16011 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-9089
Email us (driftwoodrvpark2[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Railroad Street Market & Deli

Stop by the deli for fresh, made to order sandwiches. A great place to pick up lunch before a day on the beach or exploring the Oregon coast.

534 Railroad
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2220

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Riverside Market

Find everything you need for your fishing adventure at Riverside market. Rent (or buy) a kayak, purchase one-day fishing licenses, bait and tackle. They also have river toys, food, snacks, ice and firewood for sale. Shuttle service also available.

98877 N Bank Chetco River Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-4496

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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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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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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

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The Market Place

Discover whimsical nautical, pirate themed and antiques at The Market Place.

668 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)469-9753

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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

The Rice Bowl

Dine in or takeout at this Chinese restaurant in Brookings, Oregon. 

16215 W Hoffeldt Ln
Brookings, OR

(541)469-7058

South Coast

First Rise Baking Co.

First Rise Baking Co. is a local bakery that brings their love of home baked goods, breads and bagels to you. Find them at The Station: 1949. The space is shared with DIY boutique à Love of Flair.

630 Fleet St.
Brookings, OR

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Catalyst Seafood

Catalyst Seafood is a family owned restaurant and lounge that serves bold, fresh perspectives on classic and regional seafood favorites.

16182 Lower Harbor Rd
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2422

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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

Beachin Bakes

The menu at Beachin Bakes changes daily. There is always something yummy and delicious to choose from on their baked daily menu. The menu includes mouth-watering cookies, muffins, brownies – although Debi’s speciality cinnamon rolls and sticky buns is always...

1011 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541) 469-6611

South Coast

Dairy Queen

Soft-serve ice cream and signature shakes top the menu at this classic burger & fries fast-food chain.

349 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)469-2535

South Coast

Pancho’s Restaurante y Cantina

Pancho’s Restaurante y Cantina makes their own tamales, Chile rellenos, soups, salads, Spanish rice, refried beans and sauces. Their menu items are made using authentic Mexican recipes and are prepared when ordered – never is advance.

1136 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

5414696531

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Rancho Viejo

Rancho Viejo opened its doors on May 10, 1996. Traditional Mexican atmosphere. Specializing in serving families.

1025 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)412-0184

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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

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)

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

Subway

Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches & salads, with health-conscious options.

1006 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)412-1315

Featured Lodging

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

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Driftwood RV

Coming to the Southern Oregon coast in your RV? Driftwood is the closest to the beach of the privately owned parks in the area. It is just a 3 to 5 minute walk to the ocean, the marina and shops...

16011 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.9089

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)

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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

Wild Rivers Motorlodge

Wild Rivers Motorlodge offers spacious, clean rooms featuring microwave, refrigerator, hairdryer, coffeemaker, WIFI, HBO and expanded basic cable. Sevemteem rooms were renovated rooms in Fall of 2009 and 13 new ‘premium’ rooms were built in 2004. Pets are allowed in...

437 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541.469.5361
Email us (reservations[at]wildriversmotorlodge[dot]com)

South Coast

Pithitude Gift Shop

You’ll find local artist-made shirts, drinkware and more at Pithitude Gift Shop. Located next to Bell & Whistle Coffee House, and behind Boardwalk Mail.

16340 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541-254-9550
Email us (Tamara[at]Pithitude[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

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

A Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast

16980 Coho Drive
Brookings, OR

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

South Coast

Oceanview Drive Suites

Located in Brookings-Harbor, Oregon on the sandy shore of the Oregon Coast, Oceanview Drive Suites offers guests luxury lodging accommodations just feet from tide pools, sandy vistas, and flowing creeks. Oceanview Drive Suites features queen and king sized beds, a...

14854 Oceanview Drive
Brookings, OR

(541)496-5973
Email us (oceanviewdrive[at]charter[dot]net)

South Coast

Westward Inn

Westward Inn was founded on the simple idea of providing the best comfortable stay for the guest at great value. All the amenities needed for great nights rest and entertainment at the best value for the customer. The brand model...

1026 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541.469.7471
Email us (frontdesk[at]westwardinn[dot]com)

South Coast

Portside Suites

16220 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

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

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