Pacific City Travel Tips

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Whether this is the first time or the nth time visiting Pacific City, it would not hurt for you to review a few travel tips to make your trip more convenient and enjoyable. It is easy to get around in Pacific City, since it is a small community, but if you have only one or two days to spend there, you can get the most out of your trip with these tips.

Car Travel Tips

If you have your own car, it is important to be cautious, since the roads around Pacific City are often curvy and winding. The speed limit, in general, along the Oregon Coast is 55 mph. Lower speed limits may be posted along winding roads; in addition to keeping vehicle speed down around blind curves, they are set to help prevent hitting animals that appear suddenly on the road. This can be very startling!  Two of the most commonly seen animals on the roads are elk and deer. You will also encounter log trucks on the highway, so it is advisable to be alert and aware at all times.

Many roads in Pacific City are considered in-progress, so always keep a lookout for road construction and hazard signs. When driving near these sites, slow down; remember that when you drive recklessly, it is not only your life that is at risk, but also the safety of the construction workers.

Pacific City Beach Tips

But you are not just going to Pacific City for driving and sightseeing, right? You may find the following tips to be useful when visiting the beach:

  • The water temperature in the ocean is usually 55 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. To avoid hypothermia, always use gear to protect your from the cold water, like a wetsuit.
  • Instead of swimming against the waves, it is best to swim in the direction parallel to shore; especially if you want to swim long distances. This is absolutely essential if you find yourself caught in a rip tide, which feels like it wants to carry you out to sea. Don’t struggle against it, but swim parallel to the shoreline until you feel the current lessened enough for you to swim back to the beach.
  • Be cautious when climbing on beach logs. Even the smallest wave can roll these heavy logs around. This can cause injury or even death.
  • Sneaker waves (waves that suddenly appear, seemingly out of nowhere) can be dangerous. These waves are usually very hard to predict. So whether wading or swimming in the ocean, the accepted rule is “Never turn your back to the ocean!”
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