Three miles south of Yachats is a turnoff for this lovely beach. Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint makes up 4 turnoffs from Hwy 101, and this particular one is Neptune Beach. After you park, take the stairway down the cliff and onto the beach. It starts as cobblestone, and turns into fine, soft sand. To the right is Cummins Creek and a gorgeous cove with a picturesque bridge over it. To the left is rugged and stunning coastline. There are so many ways to spend your time here, including picnicking, whale watching, windsurfing, and during low tide, hiking to the south to explore a natural cave and tide pools. For those ve enjoy serenity, this is a very peaceful beach that doesn't get many visitors, perhaps due to the many other tourist attractions in the area that people flock to. It's an ideal spot; surrounded by sandstone cliffs and forested bluffs with the waves crashing and no one else around. When we visited, all we needed was some wine, snacks, and more time- take note! There's a lot too see in this area of coastal Oregon, but you'll be very pleased if you stop beautiful and peaceful Neptune Beach!
Heceta Head (it’s pronounced ‘Ha-SEE-ta’) is a restored 1894 lighthouse open to the public along the southern Oregon coast. At 205 feet above the water, its beam blasts 21 miles out to sea and is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. Guided tours are offered during the summer, and there is an on-site bed and breakfast. The state of Oregon maintains a scenic area here with seven miles of trails and a coastline with caves, tidepools, and a sandy beach.