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Sea View Grotto is located in the private Sebastian Shores oceanfront community on the southern edge of the small town of Gold Beach, Oregon. Built in 2006, Sebastian Shores is a rare oceanfront community on the Pacific coast of the United States, separated from the surf by beautiful sand dunes covered in wild grasses, flowers, and driftwood.

Beachcombing, fishing, golfing, hiking, berry-picking, horseback riding in the forest and along the beach, windsurfing, biking, kiting, and river running are all immediately available. Or just sit and watch the surf and seabirds from the sunroom.

The sandy beach in front of Sea View Grotto stretches several miles from the Rogue River jetty south to Sebastian Point. The Pacific Ocean thunders against the beach and huge boulders from Oregon’s volcanic past.

Although the beaches along the Pacific coast are all public lands, Sebastian Shores is a private community that provides exclusive access to residents and guests. With limited access through the Gold Beach Visitor’s Center, the beach is never crowded. Taking advantage of the prevailing winds on the beach, one of our family’s favorite activities is flying stunt kites. We also enjoy beachcombing, surf fishing, and exploring the tide pools at low tide. Warm summer nights will find us around a driftwood fire on the beach roasting marshmallows.

The Sea View Grotto sunroom overlooks a naturalist’s paradise, with the dunes and the surf beyond, inviting residents to open the window and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. Sitting at the dining table with loved ones at sunset is an incomparable experience and should be experienced at least once in every person’s lifetime.

The dunes begin about 100 feet from our front door, traversed by a beautiful path studded with driftwood and sea grass. Some of our most beautiful photographs are taken right here. Birders will enjoy watching gulls and shorebirds such as Western Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Semipalmated Plover and Western Snowy Plover, and Killdeer.

From January through March, the California gray whale migration is close offshore, with excellent viewing of these magnificent animals from Sebastian point, a few miles south. Storm watchers also enjoy this time of year; the house is well insulated with double pane picture windows, a gas fireplace, and electric heat throughout. The large hot tub immediately outside the front door is nestled in the grotto, sheltered from the wind.

Activities Near Sea View Grotto

Within one hour of Sea View Grotto you can visit the world’s largest trees in Redwood National and State Parks (nps.gov/redw) just south of Crescent City, California or play 54 holes of championship golf at Bandon Dunes, just north of Bandon, Oregon. If you choose to stay closer to home, jet boat trips up the Rogue River begin in Gold Beach, where you can also rent kayaks or crab nets or clam forks or go fishing in either the Rogue or the Pacific Ocean. Along every sunny road throughout the area, blackberries are free for the picking, reaching their peak in July and August.

For more challenging activities, a few miles south finds Hawk’s Rest Ranch along the Pistol River with both trail rides and beach rides to match every level of equestrian skill. The Pistol River and Myers Creek Beach are world-famous for windsurfing and kite surfing, as is Floras Lake, 30 miles north, where a shallow freshwater lake is hidden behind oceanfront dunes. The combination provides an excellent venue for learning to windsurf, a wonderful sport for kids from 8 to 70.

The small town of Gold Beach is a gem, with hometown family values and friendly people. Art galleries and coffee houses such as Gold Beach Books and Biscuits, the finest bookstore between Portland and San Francisco, will feed your literary appetites, while wine shops and fresh fish restaurants meet your gustatory needs. A wonderful town park has slides and swings and forts for youngsters.

Gold Beach Videos

Gold Beach, Oregon, by Daniel Smede

Jerrys Rogue Jets Interview with Jeff Laird

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