The tiny town of Netarts, nestled along the shoreline of the Northern Oregon Coast, is practically synonymous with shellfish. The estuary of Netarts Bay seems like it's been ecologically engineered to produce some of Oregon's best oysters, clams, and crabs. The gray waters are often dotted with charter boats, crab pots dangling overboard in hopes of catching the highly-regarded Dungeness crab. On the shoreline, locals with rakes, buckets, and sometimes just their bare hands dig in the murky sand for cockles, Pacific littlenecks, and Eastern soft-shells... and yes, those are all varieties of clams.
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No stay at an Oregon Coast vacation rental in Netarts is complete without strapping on some waders and catching your own dinner; but that's not the only reason to visit this friendly fishing village. It's surrounded by some of the coast's most majestic scenery. Netarts is located just north of Cape Lookout State Park, a favorite hiking and camping destination for Oregon Coast connoisseurs. The park includes the long, sandy Netarts Spit that stretches north of the cape itself, protecting the ecologically rich bay from the crashing waves of the Pacific. Beachcombers consider it a prime location for collecting glass floats and unusual shells.
Cape Lookout is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route, a popular driving tour of panoramic ocean views, historic lighthouses, and rural dairy farms. In addition to fishing, crabbing, and clamming, the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. From your Netarts vacation rental, head to the beach to enjoy kite-flying, sandcastle-building, surfing, kayaking, and beach combing; further inland, some truly excellent hikes can be reached within ahalf an hour. Make sure to visit the highest waterfall in the Coast Range, at Munson Creek Falls State Park.
Of course, catching your own dinner is the best way to experience the rich bounty of Netarts Bay; but for the less adventurous, local institution The Schooner offers a more hands-off way to enjoy fresh oysters, clams, and crab. Additional dining options, such as the highly-regarded Roseanna's Cafe, are only two miles up the beach in Oceanside, or Tillamook's numerous choices are only a fifteen minute drive away.
Netarts is optimally located, with all of the region's most popular destinations easily reached within an hour and a half: Astoria, Seaside, and Cannon Beach to the north; Pacific City, Lincoln City, and Depoe Bay to the south. Portland itself is also only an hour and a half from little Netarts.
To explore the best of the Northern Oregon Coast while returning home each night to a peaceful little fishing village, a Netarts vacation rental is an unexpectedly delightful option.