What town should we stay in? We are interested in eating and shopping and easy beach access. We will be going to Florence one day so somewhere near there but not as far south.
so does cannon beach
Newport is one of the most popular destinations on the Oregon coast. There are lots and lots of restaurants in all price ranges. There is shopping of both the big box variety as well as lots of small individually owned shops. There is the beautiful bay, museums, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and more. All this also means that it is a busy town that is congested in summer. No, the traffic is not the same as a huge city, but there is only one main road (Hwy 101) and virtually everybody uses it.
Beach access is easy but many of the lodgings are up on a bluff with steps or a trail down to the beach, so consider if that will suit your family.
Seaside has easy beach access and there is an outlet mall there for shopping. Lots of good places to eat there also. www.seasideor.com :)
Lincoln City has resorts with easier beach access. and it has the outlet mall with many shops.
But newport has a lot more to do, and it has several places with easy beach access, but mostly driving distance from motels
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