Make sure to go to the bathroom before you head to the sand dunes! You will be miserable there because your option will be to turn back your ATV to the rental place because there are no bathrooms on the Sand Dunes!
If you are a traveling parent with children, make sure to bring them to the bathroom first!
Make sure that you prepare your children psychologically when riding the sandrail. The driver takes you to about 400 feet of sand dunes and go down and it feels like your ride will tumble down.
It is a little bit scary for children. When we were there the second time around, there was this child who was about 3-4 years old and he cried the whole time. As a parent, we have to be sensitive with other tourists who wanted to enjoy their ride and the view and not to listen to a child crying the whole time!
The best way to travel with family is the sandrail (bigger ride). The driver waits until the truck is filled with passengers. If it is a high season, the truck fills up fast and if it is a low season, the wait sometimes is half an hour.
For two travelers, it is best to hire the buggy ride and have a driver. The driver will take you to some fun rides in the sand dunes!
If you are a dare devil, the ATV will fit your longings to ride in the sand dunes! There many ATV drivers there so just be careful. And, make sure that you know where you are going. You might get lost there. Make sure to get all the information and better still, have a professional driver companion.
Look at the ocean, look at the dunes, and visit Sea Lion Cave!!!! Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area lies along the Pacific Ocean, and stretches 47 miles from Florence to Coos Bay. This recreation area offers both a wonderful beach and sand dunes. Here you can hike, stroll along a beach, or drive dune buggies or off road vehicles on the dunes. If you are like me, and just want a quite place to stroll there are areas of the dunes that are protected, where you can get away from the noise of the various all-terrain vehicles. Also there are certain times of the year when vehicles are prohibited on the beaches. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitors center in Reedsport can offer you more information about recreational opportunities and access points to the dunes.
Fondest memory: Starfish, a wallpapering of starfish! As we drove toward Florence, we spotted a beach where the tide had gone out. Stopping to explore, we were astonished to see the walls of the rocky spires that often sit surrounded by water covered with hundreds of colorful starfish and sea anemones.
AND the Sea Lion Cave, especially being INSIDE the cave!!!!!
Favorite thing: Many of the trees in the area are covered with moss and or lichen as this area is definitely a rainforest. During the winter the dicedious trees seem to glow during the day against the background of evergreens
It's always a roll of the dice when it comes to weather.
A good rule of thumb is that it has a similar pattern to San Francisco weather. Summer is often times chilly with low hanging clouds. The best time to visit for sunny weather in the Florence area is in the Fall - September and October are fairly sunny.
What happens in the Summer is that the inland Willamette Valley heats up. Heat likes to suck in air from cooler areas. Where it usually comes from is the cold Pacific Ocean near Florence. This cold air moving towards the Valley creates a blanket of fog and low clouds that sometimes covers the town.
For the best storm watching go in November or December. Some of these storms can pack hurricane force winds when they slam into the Northwest coast.
Fondest memory: Running down the Dunes and jumping into Cleawox Lake.
Favorite thing: The fog rolls in. Or it marches in. Or it slumbers in. Or in creeps in. Or it drapes in. One way or another, it's coming in. This is Oregon, after all.