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Gold Beach, OR
Travel Guide

Enjoy mild weather and sandy beaches in this coastal Oregon town, located where the majestic Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean. 

Gold Beach earns its name: This city has more golden, sunny days than many others on Oregon’s coast. Enjoy its beautiful beaches and charming downtown, which attract visitors year after year.

The community was originally named Ellensburg in honor of Ellen Tichenor, daughter of a sea captain. In the early 1850s, miners renamed it Gold Beach after discovering gold in its sands. A few years later, the gold disappeared and salmon fishing became the area’s primary source of income.

Gold Beach is located in the heart of America’s Wild River Coast. This 101-mile (162-kilometer) stretch down Highway 101 is riddled with gushing rivers leading to the Pacific Ocean. See the end of the mighty Rogue River at Gold Beach.

Ride a jet boat along the historic mail boat route. Beginning in 1895, when road access did not exist, boats delivered mail to isolated towns upriver. Gold Beach continues this tradition today, making daily mail deliveries to Agness, a tiny town located 32 miles (52 kilometers) inland. Ride along the river in style and enjoy nature as you follow in the footsteps of Oregon pioneers.

One of the most famous routes in the United States, Highway 101 serves as the main road through Gold Beach. Drive along America’s entire West Coast on this north-to-south highway, which travels through Washington, Oregon and California. The Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge, part of Highway 101, has been taking drivers over the Rogue River since 1932. This beautiful art deco span connects the town with neighboring Wedderburn.

Explore miles of sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean. Go salmon fishing or whale watching. Enjoy views of the rugged coast from Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

Gold Beach is part of Oregon’s “banana belt.” Expect mild weather throughout much of the year. It rarely gets too hot or too cold regardless of the season.

Drive from Gold Beach to the California border in less than 45 minutes. Brookings is about 30 minutes south and Port Orford is about 30 minutes north.

Pacific Reef Hotel & Light Show
Pacific Reef Hotel & Light Show
3.5 out of 5
29362 Ellensburg Hwy 101, Gold Beach, OR
The price is $80 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Offering direct access to the beach, this Gold Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Curry Historical Society and Event Center on the Beach. Hunter Creek ...

4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"The property was clean and well maintained. Everything was closed due to covid. You had to check in through a sliding g window outside. No housekeeping available. The beach is beautiful and easy to get to. Overall a nice stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2021

Pacific Reef Hotel & Light Show
Jot's Resort
Jot's Resort
2.5 out of 5
94360 Wedderburn Loop Rd., Wedderburn, Gold Beach, OR
The price is $60 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Situated in Gold Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rogue River and Patterson Bridge. Collier Buffington Memorial Park and Event Center on the Beach ...

3.5/5Good! (712 reviews)

"We were able to see our vehicle from our room and it wasn’t a long walk away."…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Jot's Resort
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Gold Beach
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Gold Beach
2.5 out of 5
29232 S Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR
The price is $95 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

Nestled on the beach, this Gold Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curry Historical Society and Event Center on the Beach. Hunter Creek Beach and Collier ...

4/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Nice place to stay right on beach. Due to covid no room service, which for a long stay is inconvenient. Could have requested it, I guess. Room noisy. Not sure what upstairs tenants were doing, but it was very noisy."…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Gold Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pet-free Oceanfront Home w/ Hot Tub & Beach Access
Pet-free Oceanfront Home w/ Hot Tub & Beach Access
Gold Beach, OR

This family-friendly Gold Beach vacation home is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hunter Creek Beach, Curry Historical Society, and Event Center on ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Perfect beach house

"Property was exactly as described. Nice, clean and fully stocked. However, the best part was the location! Steps from the beach with a hot tub and fire-pit to enjoy the view. Great for families. Would definitely stay here again. We rent several VRBO’s a year and this was one of our favorites. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Pet-free Oceanfront Home w/ Hot Tub & Beach Access
Where the River Meets the Beautiful Oregon Coastline
Where the River Meets the Beautiful Oregon Coastline
Gold Beach, OR

This family-friendly Gold Beach vacation home is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Rogue River and Patterson Bridge. Collier Buffington Memorial ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Presently pleased!

"Great view....accommodations were what was advertised. Place was clean and inviting. Would recommend this place!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Where the River Meets the Beautiful Oregon Coastline
New! Gold Beach Hillside Abode 2 Miles to Coast!
New! Gold Beach Hillside Abode 2 Miles to Coast!
Gold Beach, OR

Situated by the sea, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Geisel Monument State Heritage Site and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Ophir Beach. Otter Point State ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Sweet and comfortable and thoughtfully appointed. Nice and clean. Enjoyed the homemade granola.

"Super"…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

New! Gold Beach Hillside Abode 2 Miles to Coast!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Gold Beach

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Double D cafe is a great choice to grab a bite to eat.

4/5 - Good

JustOk

May 26, 2020

Brookings is a better place to stay in my opinion, a lot more to do!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

It seems run down. Could be that things are still closed due to Covid.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Cute small town off highway 101.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Spinners is a great place to eat if you want a little fancy:)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Nice quiet and accessible beach

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