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Pacific CityPacific City is located just off of Oregon Coast Highway 101 on a small loop that extends west towards the Pacific Ocean.

There are two large rivers, The Big Nestucca and The Little Nestucca that merge to create an estuary and habitat for a variety of species.

You will find beautiful beaches in the shadow of Cape Kiwanda and capped by the southern Haystack Rock just off shore. You might catch a fishing dory on the beach, a beautiful sunset glimmering between the Rock and Cape, or a wild Oregon Coast storm churning onto the beach.

The Cape Kiwanda/Pacific City area on the Oregon Coast has something for every surfer. It is big and knarly in the winter and small and tame in the summer. If you fish there are two Salmon runs, one in the spring and one in the fall, that run up The Big Nestucca located right in the center of town.

Take a stroll on the beach and enjoy seeing some wildlife. Just a few of the local inhabitants include bald eagles, pelicans, herons, seals, sea lions, otters and porpoises. Pacific City is also a favorite for Oregon Coast whale watchers. Come see the migration of the amazing gray whale in March and May.

The 3 Capes Scenic Drive is one of the most popular and spectacular stretches of scenery on the Oregon Coast if not the entire west coast. Pacific City is the beginning of the 40 mile drive starting with Cape Kiwanda State Park.

For Pacific City events, festivals and happenings check out the Oregon Coast Calendar.

For Nearby Accomodations & more see the Lincoln City guide.

Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast Celebrates Dory Days
Pacific City

Dory Days celebrates the rich history of the Dory Fleet that launch off the beach at Pacific City

dory boat history

July 20-21, 2013

A time-honored celebration of a time-honored tradition in Pacific City.  Festivities include a parade through town of floats, dory boats and vintage cars.  After that, a marine artisan fair is held at the beach on Cape Kiwanda.

The modern Dory Fleet has evolved from boats that went to sea from Cape Kiwanda more than 100 years ago. There's no other marine fishery exactly like this anywhere in the world. Dory Days celebrates this rich history with a Parade, Marine Fair and Fish Fry (enjoy Dory caught fish!) at Cape Kiwanda, and an Artisan Fair in the downtown area.

Reach the Beach - Bicycle Ride to the Oregon Coast
Pacific City


May 18th 2013

23rd Annual Reach the Beach Ride

The ride starts from four different locations: Portland (100 mi), Newberg (80 mi), Amity (55 mi) or Grand Ronde (28 mi). We provide superb organization, beautiful routes, medical and mechanical support on course, 8 lunch and snack stops and a magnificent beach party with a delicious, hearty feast. Reach the Beach is one of Oregon's premier cycling events.

Birding and Blues Festival
Pacific City

Celebrate Nature with Your Head, Heart and Soul


April 12-14 2013

Do you love wildlife? Do you watch for new birds at your feeder? While traveling, do you linger to get a good look at an unusual bird? Maybe you are even recording a life bird list.Then perhaps you know why birding is one of Oregon’s most popular outdoor activities (just behind gardening). So what would be more natural than to gather wildlife lovers like you for a most unique, stimulating, and fun nature festival? Come on. You are invited to join our 10th Annual Pacific City BIRDING AND BLUES FESTIVAL.

Learn Experience and Celebrate Life

For three days discover secrets about the intriguing bird life and wildlife along our spectacular Oregon coast. There will be morning guided field trips and interactive daytime seminars. Then, each evening after an ocean sunset, try some fine restaurant fare, check out the art galleries, and warm your soul with blues in the night. Expect dancing and concerts both Friday and Saturday night plus music around town.

Cape Kiwanda churning - Oregon Coast Photo by Douglas Remington
Pacific City

Hug Point

Little M and I went for a little excursion on the Oregon coast yesterday. Believe it or not, it was sunny and hot, and I got fried like a red crab!

I have other photos with the waves pounding the cliffs, but show this one for I liked how the wave on the left appeared to be challenged by some energy in-between it and the cliff; there is a void that is pleasing to me.

Quite windy with waves crashing all around you, which is usual here.

Douglas Remington