Gateway to Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Charleston is a fishing village southwest of the city of Coos Bay. The smallest community in the Oregon Bay Area, Charleston’s way of life revolves around the harbor.

Here you'll find a small-town, local feel — the businesses and restaurants are owned and operated by people in the community, and it’s easy to see the network of relationships that make this place tick. The harbor is the heart of Charleston and serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet. You’ll find a bustling marina serving charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers, and recreational boaters. Fresh seafood is always served at a wide selection of local restaurants and pubs.

Leaving town along Cape Arago Highway begins one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the state, with multiple worthwhile stops on the way to the panoramic viewpoint of Cape Arago itself. The journey passes popular Bastendorff Beach, the sheltered Sunset Bay, and historical Shore Acres — once a timber baron’s estate and now a formal garden with spectacular cliff side views of the ocean. Off shore, the Cape Arago Lighthouse can be seen from afar on an island near Sunset Bay.

Featured Activities

South Coast

Sharkys Charters

USCG Certified Master, over 750 days at sea, and 30 years experience.  Currently offering fishing, crab, salmon, and tuna.  You may recognize Captain John from the “Basin Tackle Outdoors Show”.  Captain John operates one of the fastest boats in Charleston,...

63422 Kingfisher Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-260-9110
Email us (sharkyscharters[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Charleston Marine Life Center

Part aquarium. Part museum. All discovery. Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, the University of Oregon’s Charleston Marine Life Center is an exciting place of discovery for all ages, any time of the year. Aquaria highlight different coastal...

63466 Boat Basin Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-888-2581
Email us (cmlc[at]uoregon[dot]edu)

South Coast

Chuck’s Seafood

Famuos for the finest Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Crab, Oysters and other fine seafood these water’s have to offer. At Chuck’s, they pick only the best! Gift packs and samplers are available as well and all are freshly prepared, hand packed...

91135 Boat Basin Drive
Charleston, OR

541-888-5525

South Coast

Bastendorff Beach

Bastendorff Beach is a favorite among surfers, kiters, beachcombers and locals and tourists alike. You’ll find an uninterrupted beach and ocean views can be enjoyed here. Bastendorff Beach is defined by Yoakam Head and the south jetty at the entrance of...

Charleston, OR

South Coast

Shore Acres State Park

Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted...

Charleston, OR

541-888-3732

South Coast

BACAPA Baseball Complex

Batting cages are available year-round and can be booked online. BACAPA (Barview Area Charleston Area Park Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the Park Complex on Libby Lane. Together with the community, they continue to make improvements to...

91235 Libby Lane
Charleston, OR

(541)218-0105
Email us (bacapapark[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Betty Kay Fishing Charters

Whether your looking to catch tuna, salmon, rock cod, or halibut Betty Kay guides have a ton of experience in deep sea fishing off the Southern Oregon coast.  Located 9 miles west of Coos Bay in Charleston Harbor.

Charleston, OR

800-752-6303
Email us (fish[at]bettykaycharters[dot]com)

South Coast

Charleytown Market Place

A real OREGON EXPERIENCE! – 2000 square feet store with over 100 local artists represented.Native American art, Myrtlewood, Pottery, Antiques and lots of goodies.Misty Meadows Jams, cranberries, local wines, Euphoria chocolates.Souvenirs, clothing and Pendeleton Blankets. Home of Oregon’s largest Dream Catcher!  Open 7...

91152 Cape Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR

541-888-0146
Email us (charleytown[at]frontier[dot]com)

South Coast

Charleston Information Center

Charleston Information Center welcomes you to Oregon’s Adventure Coast, where the land meets the bay and the sea, opening up an abundance of possibilities. You’re invites to explore, to discover, to feel, to know…at land’s end, adventure begins. On Oregon’s...

Boat Basin Dr. & Cape Arago Hwy.
Charleston, OR

541-888-2311

South Coast

BTR Outdoor Adventures

PO Box 5508
Charleston, OR

(541) 888-3474
Email us (basin_tackle[at]yahoo[dot]com)

South Coast

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Cape Arago is located in Charleston just west of Coos Bay, and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. It was first illuminated in 1934, and stands at 44 feet above sea level. The Lighthouse is located on...

Charleston, OR

South Coast

Sunset Bay Golf Course

This professionally designed par 36 course is over 3,000 yards and majestically wanders through a natural valley setting. We are family friendly and welcome everyone to enjoy a relaxed game of golf. The Pro shop is open from 8am to...

89516 Cape Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR

541-888-9301

More Info

Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau

Physical: 50 Central Avenue
Coos Bay, OR
Mail:
Coos Bay, OR

541-269-0215

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Physical: 145 Central Ave.
Coos Bay, OR
Mail:
Coos Bay, OR

541-266-0868
Email us (info[at]oregonsbayarea[dot]org)

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

Birding

The small group of birders, equipped with birding books, binoculars, and a couple of scopes, headed for Devil’s Elbow beach at Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint north of Florence, expecting to see the usual assortment of gulls, flocks of sandpipers...
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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

Miller’s at the Cove

A sports bar & grill with free wifi, high-definition tvs, a  fireplace and more. Open to all ages before 9pm, 21 or over after 9pm. Menu features Jr. and Sr. smaller portions. Open daily at 11am

63346 Boat Basin Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-808-2404

South Coast

Ocean Air Taqueria & Eatery

Enjoy fresh seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine and breakfast served daily at Ocean Air Taqueria & Eatery.

91122 Cape Arago Hwy.
Charleston, OR

(541)808-3532

South Coast

Stillwagon Distillery

Stillwagon Distillery is a small-batch craft distillery located in Charleston, Oregon. They also operate Tasting Rooms in Bandon and in Florence. Production of a craft spirit is very hands on. None of the process is automated – Mashing of the...

63848 Seven Devils Road
Charleston, OR

541-732-8458
Email us (stillwagondistillery[at]yahoo[dot]com)

South Coast

Bayside Coffee

Bayside Coffee produces fresh-roasted organically grown and fair trade coffee and loose leaf teas. Find local gifts and fair trade imports as you sip. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Closed every Thursday.

63340 Boat Basin Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-260-3742

South Coast

Crabby Cakes Bakery

Lisa Peckham, formally the pastry chef at the Mill Casino, has been an amazing baker for more than 20 years. She has worked hard to open her own bakery where she can do what she loves. She creates amazing wedding...

63345 Boat Basin Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-808-2388

South Coast

High Tide Café

Offering breakfast (served until 2pm), lunch and dinner. Enjoy their award winning chowder, fresh seafood dishes, sandwiches and salads. Full bar, beer and wine available. Take in the view of the estuary from the outdoor deck. Open Wednesday – Saturday...

1124 Cape Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR

541-888-3664

South Coast

Fisherman’s Grotto

Fisherman’s Grotto offers a full line of seafood, fish and chips, clam chowder and deli sandwiches. Groups are welcome, and there’s lots of parking. The covered patio open during summer. Located at East End of the Charleston Bridge. Open daily....

91149 Cape Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR

(541)888-3251

South Coast

Pizza By The Bay

You’ll find homestyle pizza, wings, spuds and beer at Pizza By The Bay. Enjoy hand-tossed crust in several specialty varieties or build your own. Pizza by the slice is offered from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily.

63516 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

458-230-0777

South Coast

Dairy Queen

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

91761 Care Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR

(541)888-9113

South Coast

Portside Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy local seafood caught daily, steak and a Friday night seafood buffet. Choose your own live Dungeness crab or lobster from the tanks. Live easy listening music and karaoke in the lounge. Beer, wine, cocktails and microbrews. Catering services.  Open...

63383 Kingfisher Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-888-5544

South Coast

Monkey Business Food Truck

Monkey Business is located in the Charleston Marina in a cute yellow food truck. They offer breakfast and lunch items including waffles, biscuits and gravy, burgers, chicken strip baskets, and, of course, fish & chips. There is even a small...

63534 Kingfisher Rd.
Charleston, OR

(541)260-4145

South Coast

Cape Cafe

Enjoy breakfast or lunch in charming Charleston. Cape Cafe serves breakfast classics including omelets, french toast, pancakes and more. Fish & chips, burgers, sandwiches or soup and salad will hit the spot at lunchtime. Open daily 7a.m. to 2 p.m.

63516 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

(541)808-2662

Featured Lodging

South Coast

Oregon Coast Vacation Retreat

Fisherman’s paradise w/spacious yard, views of nature & crabbing gear! Ocean meets peaceful tranquility in Charleston. This 3-bedroom home offers both, within walking distance to Bastendorff Beach while still being just off the beaten path.

Charleston, OR

South Coast

Charleston Marina RV Park

The Charleston Marina features extensive public docks for recreational and sport boaters. Right next door is the Charleston RV Park. Stay and Play. The friendly residents and merchants of Charleston will do everything possible to make your visit memorable and...

63402 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

541.888-9512
Email us (rvpark[at]charlestonmarina[dot]com)

South Coast

The Beach House in Coos Bay

Vacation rental in close proximity to The Port of Charleston, Shore Acres State Park & Botanical Gardens, Sunset Bay and Bastendorff beaches, golfing, crabbing and clamming. The Beach House is a charming home in Charleston with owners with a long...

Charleston, OR

(805)720-3493
Email us (TheBeachHouseCB[at]yahoo[dot]com)

South Coast

Charleston Harbor Inn

Get the comforts of home just one mile from the ocean! At Charleston Harbor Inn you can wake up every morning to the sights and sounds of the harbor on your private patio or balcony. Soak in the salt air...

63361 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

541-888-1178
Email us (innkeeperin[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Bay Point Landing Modern Camping Resort

Enjoy a modern camp experience at Bay Point Landing. Open year-round with RV sites, cabins and Airstream trailer rentals. There’s an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, activity room and kids den, as well as an event center and pavilion. Sandy...

92443 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, OR

541-351-9160

South Coast

Oceanside RV Park Resort

Unwind in unique vintage trailers, cottages, tents, or your own RV at Oceanside RV Park Resort. Enjoy the Oregon Coast with a variety of on-site amenities including a convenient crab shack and free WiFi. Guest have use of crab traps...

90281 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, OR

541-888-2598

South Coast

Lou’s Bay View

This large beautiful 3-bedroom home has a spectacular view of the Bay. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of one of Oregon’s most diverse and largest cities on the Oregon coast. Close to recreation, marina and bay activities.

Charleston, OR

541-404-4419

South Coast

Snug Harbor RV Park

Daily, weekly, monthly rates. 10 sites, power available. Full Hookups, Pets OK, Cable, High Speed Internet Access, Dump station, Laundry Facilities, Pull Through Spaces, WiFi.

91134 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, OR

541-888-5924

South Coast

Vacation Home at Lighthouse Beach

Escape to the breathtakingly beautiful S Oregon Coast at this oceanfront home with furnished patio, yard, private beach access, and jaw-dropping lighthouse & sea views. This two-bedroom rental sits a few miles west of Charleston shops & restaurants.

89927 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, OR

South Coast

Captain John’s Motel

Located near the Charleston Marina, Captain John’s offers comfortable rooms with refrigerators and microwaves, free wi-fi, free boat parking, fish cleaning stations and is pet friendly. Weekly rates available.

63360 Kingfisher Drive
Charleston, OR

541-888-4041

South Coast

Portside Vacation House

A seven bedroom house in the Charleston Marina with a large deck and Bay views. Adjacent to restaurants and within minutes of the state parks along the Cape Arago Beach Loop, fishing, hiking and recreation activities.

63383 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

541-888-5544

South Coast

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Charleston Marina

The Marina offers moorage at daily, weekly, monthly and annual rates. The RV Park offers RV hookup,restrooms/showers, Laundromat, and a recreation room.. Tent space and yurts are available year-round. The Charleston Shipyard offers work dock space, vessel wash and other...

63402 Kingfisher Rd
Charleston, OR

(541) 888-9512
Email us (rvpark[at]charlestonmarina[dot]com)

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