Tierra Del Mar, Oregon
The village of Tierra Del Mar is located on the Oregon coastline about 25 miles south of Tillamook and 20 miles north of Lincoln City. Coming from the north, head down the Three Capes Scenic Route through a winding stretch of thick forest canopies and a variety of homesteads and ranches, with glimpses of the bay through the trees. As the road begins to straighten out and the trees disappear, you are presented with a captivating view of the Pacific Ocean and Tierra Del Mar.
Dramatic views of Cape Kiwanda to the south and Cape Lookout to the north
This two-mile stretch of pristine beach features dramatic views of Cape Kiwanda to the south and Cape Lookout to the north. Speaking of views, Tierra Del Mar is a great spot for paragliding: with good updrafts of wind against big sand dunes, you can catch some air while you’re in town! Contact Sollie Smith Paragliding or Discover Paragliding to get started. You can book a class or do tandem paragliding (paired up with an instructor). Keep safety in mind and ask the pros what you need to bring and what to expect before you sign up. When it’s done right, paragliding is an awesome way to experience the region.
Stay a while
Thousand Trails RV Park is situated within a very beautiful strip of old growth forest and the beach. Vacation rental homes are also available.
Right off the beach, the Idyllic Beach House Tree Top Hideaway or Lighthouse Haven Beach House vacation rentals are great, comfortable options. All are pet friendly and have WiFi available; some offer laundry. There’s also the Sandlake Country Inn, which gives guests luxury amenities and free breakfast every day. Choose the experience that suits your needs best. This area is a great hub for your southern Tillamook Coast adventures: it’s close to Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge, Cape Kiwanda, Sandlake Recreation Area and more!
Try beachcombing for agates and Japanese glass ball floats
Rockhounding gains in popularity every year, and our area is a treasure trove for the hobby geologist. Moonstone agates (colorful translucent rocks) can be found in reds and yellows around here, and there are attractive opaque rocks throughout the region as well. Be attentive and maintain a keen eye and you’ll likely spot these colorful stones hiding amongst the “regular” ones on the shore.
Read up on best practices for rockhounding if you’re new to it.
Not to be missed: check out the Pier Avenue Rock Shop in town. It’s a friendly, family-run business that’s been in Tierra Del Mar for generations. They sell precious stones and can give you helpful tips on finding your own. The shop also sells special equipment to help you dig up rocks, crystals and gemstones from the ground or extract them from other rocks.
Digging a clambake?
The Oregon Coast is known not just for tasty seafood, but for being a great place to catch your own dinner. Tierra Del Mar is a hotspot for razor clamming, especially in the spring and summer months. You’ll need a license and a good spade and bucket to get started. Learn more about clamming on our blog.
With Pacific City just three miles down the road or a walk down the beach, there is lots to do while vacationing here when you are not busy enjoying life-changing views and catching up on needed rest and relaxation.
Come decompress at Tierra Del Mar, where relaxation is just a beachcomb away.