South of town, and not obvious from the highway, are miles of sandy beaches broken by outcroppings of towering rocks – home to a large number of chattering sea birds. Ledges of stone rise out of the surf to provide shelter for seals, sea lions and myriad forms of life in tide pools.
Head west to Beach Loop Dr for the best beach access points. There's good whale-watching here in the spring, and there's marine life to see all year round. At Coquille Point, sea lions and shorebirds inhabit Table Rock.
A path leads over the headland at Face Rock State Park Wayside to sandier beaches around Face Rock.