How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Oregon Coast

Are you looking for an epic destination in which to celebrate the new year? Why not visit a place that provides plenty of ways to experience a dramatic coastline, outdoor adventure, fun events, and lots of opportunities to snuggle up with your loved one? For these reasons and many more, we think you’ll find that New Year’s Eve on the Oregon Coast will be the best one yet.

At Starfish Vacation Rentals, we know the best ways guests can experience our incredible coastline in every season. Whether you’re planning a romantic New Year’s Eve getaway on the Oregon Coast, or have your heart set on a summer trip with friends or family, we can help you get the most out of your stay. Download our free Vacation Guide complimentary Vacation Guide to find out our recommendations for dining, shopping, outdoor activities, nightlife, and more!

Your Guide to the Best New Year’s Eve on the Oregon Coast

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Celebrate New Year’s Eve?

If your perfect NYE involves surrounding yourself with fellow revelers, you may want to head to one of the friendly local establishments. Raise your glass as the clock strikes midnight at Rick’s Roadhouse in Rockaway or the San Dune Pub in Manzanita. On the other hand, if you prefer a quiet night in, you can have just that in one of our luxurious vacation rentals. Prepare a gourmet meal for two and enjoy a bottle of wine by the fire, or play board games and laugh until the wee hours with friends and family.  

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Taking part in a polar plunge is not for the faint of heart. No matter how cold the water is, die-hards head out on New Year’s Day each year to run into the frigid waters of the Pacific and promptly run back out to dry land. If you think you’re brave enough, head to the Polar Plunge on Neahkahnie Beach in Manzanita. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. There’s another plunge on the south end of Arch Cape.  

Nehalem Bay First Day Hike

Start the first day of the new year off right with a hike through Nehalem Bay State Park. Between the fresh air, the wildlife, and the incredible views of the bay, this outing is sure to challenge and inspire you all at the same time. Take the 2-mile guided hike on a paved trail along the Nehalem Bay Loop Bike Path. It’s a wonderful activity for all ages. Be sure to check the weather before heading out, so you’re dressed appropriately. Don’t forget your camera, as well as water and snacks.


  • Whale Watching: Late December and early January are the best times to see gray whales on the Oregon Coast! You can go on a whale watching tour or spot whales right from the beach with a powerful pair of binoculars.
  • Photography: Summer isn’t the only time to take a great picture. There are so many beautiful places to photograph on the Oregon Coast, especially during the winter months. Look for unique shots of Haystack Rock without crowds of people. Or capture a stunning image of huge waves crashing on the beach – you don’t just see that in the summer.
  • Beach Combing: If your New Year’s Eve trip coincides with the end of a big winter storm, you’re in luck! Walk along the beach after high tide and see what the waves brought in. Some of the most sought-after treasures of the sea are glass floats that come all the way from Japan. You may also find sand dollars, interesting pieces of driftwood, artifacts from shipwrecks, and more.

Tips for Your Trip

As you plan your trip, know that the weather on the Oregon Coast in winter can be unpredictable, but that keeps things interesting. Some days will be warm with bright sunshine, while others may be cold and rainy. The area is also known for its dramatic winter storms that are beautiful to watch from your Starfish Luxury Vacation Rental. Rest assured, no matter the weather conditions, there will be plenty for you to do during your New Year’s Eve getaway. If a shower pops up during your planned morning hike, consider exploring a few shops, going sightseeing, or even enjoying a leisurely meal until the weather clears. Then, head out for a short afternoon hike.  

Book Your Stay with Starfish Vacation Rentals

Searching for the perfect place to stay on New Year’s Eve? Look no further than our Oregon Coast vacation rentals. Our beautiful properties in Manzanita, Arch Cape, Rockaway Beach, and Cannon Beach have everything you need for a memorable getaway. Head out for a fun night on the town, or stay in and spend time with your family. Whatever you choose, we promise that your New Year’s Eve on the Oregon Coast will be a night you’ll never forget. We look forward to celebrating with you!

For more information on holiday events and festivals, read our blog about where to see the best Oregon Coast Christmas lights.