The city of Coos Bay is Oregon Coast’s largest urban area. It’s a regional hub for the southern Oregon Coast, and a major shipping and manufacturing center.
Amenities abound in Coos Bay. Several retail, professional, medical, educational and media services are available.
Its close proximity to sister city, North Bend, makes Coos Bay a busy and bustling southern Oregon Coast location.
But, Coos Bay isn’t about all work and no play, no way! Recreation is still a favorite pastime in this region know as Oregon’s Bay area.
Sunset Bay is a small protected bay with soaring seaside cliffs on its north and south sides. Sunset Bay offers camping, yurts, swimming, tide-pooling, picnicking and hiking that takes you atop the seaside cliffs.
Shore Acres Park, the former grand estate of a pioneer and ship builder, is perched high atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This spectacular garden is full of vibrant flowers, emerald green trees and shrubs all year-round. Each December the park is illuminated with a festive “Holiday Lights at Shore Acres” holiday light display. And, from December to June migratory whales can be viewed from this breathtaking bluff.
Downtown Coos Bay features local art and local history.
The Coos Art Museum houses a permanent collection of contemporary art, exhibits, art classes and lectures. And, downtown Coos Bay is home to many local art galleries. Grab a coffee, take a stroll and you’ll be taken aback by the diverse talents the local artists in Coos Bay possess.
The local history in Coos Bay is closely tied to the Native American culture. The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum’s mission, “is to enhance the intellectual, civic, and cultural life of Oregon’s south coast by facilitating awareness of local history.” In addition to Native America history, visitors also learn about the timber hey day that made Coos Bay what it is today.
Oregon’s Bay area and Coos Bay are full of discovery, outdoor opportunity and near to some of the grandest features the Oregon Coast affords.