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)

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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Brookings-Harbor Visitor & Tour Center

The Visitor & Tour Center is located down in the Port of Brookings-Harbor and is a visitor center, gift shop, rentals (bikes and crab traps) and tour company for fishing charters and such. Winter hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

16358 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2300

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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

South Coast

Escape Hatch Sports & Cycle Shop

642 Railroad Street
Brookings, OR

(541)469-2914

South Coast

Ambiance By the Sea

A special place for your senses, Ambiance By the Sea offers goods from 42 local artisans. You’ll find unique gifts, driftwood art, rustic home and garden decor, stained glass, shabby chic furniture, jewelry, Misty Meadows jams, marinades, olives and condiments,...

530 Hemlock Street
Brookings, OR

(541)254-4097

South Coast

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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Cast Guide Service

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)

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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)

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)

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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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Bombing Site Tree – Heritage Tree

This Coast Redwood was planted in 1992 at the site of the only Japanese aerial bombing of the continental United States on September 9, 1942. The tree was planted by the pilot of the submarine-delivered reconnaissance plane, Flight Officer Nobuo...

Brookings, OR

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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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Travel Guides

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

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

Misty Mountain Brewing

Family owned and operated, Misty Mountain Brewing is Oregon’s southern most coastal brewery just 4 miles from the California border.  Enjoy the ocean view from the "Tap Haus" tasting room which offers 8 to 10 of Misty Mountain beers as well...

625 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

541-813-1361
Email us (mistymountainbrewing[at]gmail[dot]com)

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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

Blue Water Cafe & Lounge

Blue Water Cafe & Lounge owners, Cathy and Patti, have been in the hospitality industry their entire careers. They decided to open their own restaurant where they serve breakfast and lunch. The lounge offers a full bar and the best...

97900 Shopping Center Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)495-5005

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

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

The Vista Pub

The Vista Pub uses Grandma Katie’s seasonings and sauce to make the best burger in town. This use of tradition coupled with local grass fed Hastings Natural Beef, seasonal local produce, and Bakery By The Sea rolls is a burger...

1009 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

(541)813-1638

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Sushi & Noodle House

A sushi and Asian fustion restaurant located in Brookings, Oregon.

777 Cottage Street
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2888

South Coast

Compass Rose Cafe

Enjoy breakfast and lunch at this family run cafe. Compass Rose Cafe works with local suppliers to source the freshest and highest quality offerings. Choose from a wide variety of hot and iced drinks, and don’t forget to check out...

625 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)661-7772

South Coast

Great American Smokehouse & Seafood Co.

Great American Smokehouse serves fresh, local, and sustainable food. Here you’ll find a full service Bell & Whistle coffee bar, marketplace items, fresh seafood, fresh prepared soups, Smokehouse items such as ribs, smoked fish, local micro brews, small batch local...

15661 US-101
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2222

South Coast

Brookings Harbor Farmers Market (Wednesdays)

Year-round Wednesday Farmer’s Market featuring locally-grown produce and other food items as well as crafts and other wares.

15786 Hwy 101 South
Brookings, OR

(541)661-3860

South Coast

The Blue Moose

Visit The Blue Moose for late-night food, comfort food or a quick bite.

401 Oak St, Brookings
Brookings, OR

(541)813-1255

Featured Lodging

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

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

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

Harbor Inn Motel

Relax and enjoy Harbor Inn Motel’s generous and comfortable accommodations in Brookings, Oregon.

15991 Hwy. 101 S.
Brookings, OR

541.469.3194
Email us (info[at]harborinnmotel[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

By the Sea B & B

1545 Beach Ave.
Brookings, OR

541-469-4692

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

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

AtRivers Edge RV Resort

AtRivers Edge RV Resort is located along the beautiful southern Oregon coast, just minutes from Brookings and the Pacific Ocean. This quiet off-highway RV resort is on the banks of the Chetco River, a gateway to the Wild and Scenic...

98203 S. Bank Chetco River Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.3356
Email us (stay[at]atriversedge[dot]com)

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

Spindrift Motor Inn

Conveniently located off Highway 101, this Brookings, Oregon motel offers simply furnished guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers free truck and boat parking. Harris Beach State Park is a 5 minute drive away. A cable TV, a microwave and...

1215 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541-469-5345
Email us (info[at]spindriftmotorinn[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)

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