Did you know Depoe Bay is known as one of the best places in the world to whale watch? This quaint, little beach town south of Lincoln City and north of Newport, offers great restaurants, the world’s smallest harbor, majestic ocean views, and some of the best spots to see gray whales as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico.
Ready to plan an unforgettable getaway? A stay in a Depoe Bay vacation rental with Oregon Beach Vacations will put you within easy access to everything this charming little beach town has to offer.
We have compiled a list to help you plan the perfect whale watching getaway:
Rise and shine with a stop at Left Coast Coffee Roasters.
This family-run, locally owned coffee roaster makes a truly great cup of coffee. Enjoy your caffeine rush as you take in some stunning ocean views just across the street. Don’t forget to grab a bag of coffee to enjoy back at your Depoe Bay vacation rental.
Spot the spouts!
People from all over the world come to Depoe Bay for a chance to spot gray whales. Lucky for you, you can spot these majestic mammals along the central coast almost any time of the year. From mid-December to early February, more than 25,000 gray whales pass by as they head south to the warmer waters of Mexico. You can also see them making their way back north to Alaska every spring. During the summer, there are also 40-50 resident gray whales that hang out close to the shore to feed. One of the best places to view these powerful mammals is from the large viewing deck at The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. Prefer to get up close and personal? Tradewinds Charters and Dockside Charters offer numerous charters with friendly and knowledgeable crew.
Need a sweet pick-me-up?
Stop by Ainslee’s Homemade Salt Water Taffy for a sweet treat. This popular taffy and confection shop has been serving locals and visitors since 1947! Grab some goodies for the road, or to enjoy back at your cozy vacation rental.
Take an ocean drive.
Just off Highway 101, the scenic Otter Crest Loop will take your breath away at every turn. Marvel at Oregon’s rustic and stunning coastline with stops at Ben Jones Bridge, Devils’ Punchbowl, and Cape Foulweather. Keep your eyes peeled at these lookout points for whales, seals, and birdlife native to the coast.
Dine with a view.
Tidal Raves Seafood Grill offers amazing views, delicious seafood, and friendly service. We love their fish and chips, Dungeness crab flatbread pizza, and Rockfish Po’boy sandwich. Sit back and relax as you toast to a memorable day in Depoe Bay. Cheers!
Rent one of Oregon Beach Vacations (OBV) Depoe Bay vacation rentals and all these fun activities will be just a stone’s throw away! Ready to plan an unforgettable whale watching getaway? View our Depoe Bay collection and create some memories that will last a lifetime!