Most visitors to Bandon spend time at the opulent, art-laden Bandon Boardwalk. Unless docking there though, its Port of Bandon cousin just around the corner, the Bandon Marina, is a drive by rather than a stop.
The Bandon Marina rests within a broad bend of the Coquille River, the last turn before it pours into the sea. Tucked between a walkway-topped jetty on one side and grass-covered seawall on the other, this well-sheltered marina holds a maximum of seven dozen boats, but its slips contained less than 20 craft during our stopover.
A jaunt along the decorative sidewalk next to the Bandon Marina’s quaint and photogenic boat basin is a perfect extension to a Bandon Boardwalk excursion.
Keeping with the ornate flair found at the Bandon Boardwalk, the Bandon Marina walkway is not simply sidewalk, but stamped concrete intermixed with a pattern resembling a two-dimensional double helix. And what appears at first to be simple bricks along one edge of the spiral actually bear engraved messages. You can stroll and read the walkway, meander down to the docks, or sit by the fish sculpture – a wooden catch sized to make any avid fisherman envious.
|Terrain:||Broad, flat sidewalk.|
|Seating:||Low wall around the fish sculpture|
|Fee: No fee|
|Restrooms:||No, nearest are in the Bandon Boardwalk parking lot.|
|Directions:||Head into Old Town Bandon off Highway 101. All cross streets connect to 1st Street SE, which runs parallel to the Port of Bandon parking area. After parking, head out to the street. The Bandon Marina is on the east of the parking lot.|