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Tips for Planning Your Whale Watching Weekend Getaway – Olivia Beach

Olivia Beach

Tips for Planning Your Whale Watching Weekend Getaway – Olivia Beach


People from all over the world come to the Oregon Coast to watch gray whales as they migrate along the coast, and spring is one of the best times to see these majestic mammals.

Meredith Lodging has the perfect accommodation for your whale-watching adventure. Book a stay at our beloved seaside community of Olivia Beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. Olivia Beach offers Nantucket-style cottages with front porches to take in stunning ocean views, and exclusive amenities, including: an on-property playground, a sand volleyball court, a community park and firepit, a seasonal pool and fitness center, and easy access to Nelscott Beach.

Ready to have a whale of a good time? We have listed some helpful tips and fun facts to help you start planning a fun and memorable whale watching getaway:

1. Do the research. When you have insight, it brings more meaning to what you’re seeing.

Did you know Gray whales are baleen whales, which means they do not have any teeth? These massive mammals can reach a length of 49ft, weigh up to 90,000lb, and live between 55 and 70 years old. They can dive down to depths of 395ft, and swim up to 33mph, and migrate more than 12,000 miles round trip. That is the longest known migration route of any mammal!

2. Know the viewing times and plan your trip accordingly. 

The best viewing times are mid-December through mid-January when the whales are heading south to breed in the warmer waters of Mexico, and late March to June when they travel back up north to Alaska. About 200 resident gray whales remain in Oregon’s coastal waters every year. In the summer and fall, it is possible to see them feeding closer to the shore.

3. Best spot from the shore.

The large viewing deck at The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is the perfect spot for spotting whales. The facility is perched on a seawall, providing visitors with panoramic ocean views. Volunteers and park staff are eager to answer your questions, and will happily point out the best spots to view whales, seals, and other native marine life. Please note that the center is temporarily closed, but the viewing deck is open.

4. Experience the thrill up-close on a charter.

There are several charter services to choose from. Tradewind Charters has been providing premier charters for whale watching, bird watching, and sportfishing since 1938. They are known for their friendly and knowledgeable crew, and modern, fully equipped vessels. Dockside Charters, Inc. offers whale watching tours on their comfortable 50-foot Delta charter boats, which include heated cabins, restrooms, and indoor and outdoor seating options. They also accommodate large groups, perfect for family get-togethers!

5. Toast to an exhilarating whale watching experience at Gracie’s Sea Hag.

This local favorite has something for everyone – award-winning clam chowder, fish & chip baskets, seafood melts, homemade desserts, and a kid’s menu. We also love The Horn Public House & Brewery where you can enjoy stunning views, fresh seafood, burgers and sandwiches, handcrafted pizzas, and craft beer. Cheers to a memorable day on the Oregon Coast!


Ready to create memories that will last a lifetime?

Book your whale watching vacation and stay with us at Oliva Beach Vacation Rentals. You can view our complete collection online, or contact our friendly and knowledgeable Reservations Team at 877.778.9055 to book your stay.

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