Netarts Bay, Oregon
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Netarts (pronounced Nee-tarts) is a very small town on Oregon coast Highway 101 in Tillamook County, just south of the slightly larger beach town of Oceanside. It is located on Netarts Bay, on the edge of 2500 acres of coastal rain forest. This backdrop makes it an inviting place to live or visit, especially if you are looking for peace and quiet, and the ability to experience solitude at will. Larger hotels and other commercial establishments that would accommodate tourists are not at all common in this part of Oregon; therefore, this is the perfect destination for an authentic local experience.

Netarts is a very small community, without a doubt. According to the census of the year 2000, there were about 744 people living there. There are facilities for overnight or longer stays in the form of an RV park, small hotels, and vacation rental houses. For boaters and fishermen, there is a marina.

This part of Hwy 101 is the very picturesque Three Capes Scenic Loop, which connects you to two other majestic headlands unique to Oregon, Cape Kiwanda and Cape Meares.

Netarts Bay extends for seven miles along the coast and includes Netarts Spit, a club-shaped vicinity filled with sand at low tide (with excellent clamming) and seawater at high tide. Bald eagles inhabit the whole coastal region, and every year there is a migration of brown pelicans in large numbers. They soar above the water before dipping to the surface to snatch up fish into the unusual pouches that hang from their beaks.

For hiking, site seeing, photography and camping, also try Cape Lookout State Park, a short way to the south of Netarts. You can also whale watch for gray whales at the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, to the north along the Three Capes Scenic Loop.

A quiet, idyllic spot, Netarts has some of the best aspects of an Oregon vacation, without hustle and bustle.

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