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Florence is a beautiful and charming city that lies along Oregon's central coast on Highway 101. Between the town of Florence and the ocean lies the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This is an extensive area of sand dunes that are the nation's largest coastal dunes, sometimes rising as high as 300 feet. This strip of dunes, forest and freshwater lakes make up the Jessie Honeyman State Park. Here, you can hike the dunes, go horseback riding, or take a dune buggy tour. The Oregon Dunes Overlook provides a platform with a panoramic view of the dunes, wetlands, tree islands and ocean. And, about 10 miles from Florence are the Sea Lion Caves, where Highway 101 rejoins the coast in a dramatic fashion as it emerges from forest and dunes onto bluffs high above the sea. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Sea Lion Caves as the largest sea caves in the world. Other activities in the Florence area include fishing and swimming, golf, crabbing and clamming, birdwatching and jet boat trips up the Siuslaw River. Right along the waterfront in Florence, below the Siuslaw River Bridge, you'll find historic Old Town Florence, a pedestrian-friendly jumble of antique shops, art galleries, gift shops and restaurants. Enjoy clam chowder, expresso, or an ice cream cone as you wander along the waterfront and watch local artisans at work. Florence is also home to the annual Rhododendron Festival, the second oldest floral festival on the West Coast.

Surrounding areas: Reedsport, Oregon (19.7 mi), Winchester Bay, Oregon (21.5 mi), Yachats, Oregon (22.6 mi), Lakeside, Oregon (28.2 mi), Waldport, Oregon (30.6 mi)

Florence Vacation Rentals

Florence Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Pier Point Inn85625 Hwy 101Florence, OR (541) 997-7171
Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center88416 First AveFlorence, OR (541) 997-8263
Holiday Inn Express2475 Hwy 101Florence, OR (541) 997-7799
River House Motel1202 Bay StFlorence, OR (541) 997-3933
Best Western Salbasgeon Inn Of Reedsport1400 Hwy AveReedsport, OR19.5 mi.(541) 271-4831
Salbasgeon Inn Of The Umpqua45209 Hwy 38Reedsport, OR19.5 mi.(541) 271-2025
Dublin House251 W 7THYachats, OR22.8 mi.(541) 547-3200

Florence Weather & Climate

Oregon's Central Coast enjoys a mild, though varied climate, with only rare occurrences of severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes or hailstorms. The most important geographic feature that affects the climate is the Pacific Ocean, which makes up the western border of the state. Most of the storm systems have been greatly modified while traveling over the ocean, before they reach land. As a result, winter minimum and summer maximum temperatures on the Oregon coast are also greatly modified and remain pleasant. The coastal region does, however, receive an abundant amount of rainfall much of the year, resulting in occasional flooding along coastal streams. This also accounts for the rich pastures and farmland along the Oregon coast. The average annual snowfall in the region is only one to three inches, and many years there is no measurable amount.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 50°F 36°F 10.83 in. 50°F
February 53°F 38°F 9.34 in. 50°F
March 56°F 38°F 8.96 in. 51°F
April 59°F 40°F 5.24 in. 51°F
May 63°F 43°F 3.80 in. 52°F
June 66°F 47°F 2.47 in. 54°F
July 69°F 49°F 0.92 in. 55°F
August 70°F 50°F 1.14 in. 55°F
September 70°F 48°F 2.27 in. 55°F
October 63°F 44°F 5.34 in. 53°F
November 54°F 40°F 10.76 in. 53°F
December 50°F 36°F 11.96 in. 50°F

Florence Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the North Bend Municipal airport (OTH) located about 39 miles south of Florence in North Bend, Oregon, the Newport Municipal airport (ONP) located approximately 41 miles north of Florence in Newport, Oregon, Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG) located roughly 44 miles east of Florence in Eugene, Oregon, and finally the Corvallis Municipal airport (CVO) located around 53 miles northeast of Florence in Corvallis, Oregon.

Florence Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted ForestTurnerOR82.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Ocean Dunes Golf LinksFlorenceOR 
Sandpines Golf LinksFlorenceOR 
Forest Hills Country ClubReedsportOR19.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Willamette PassEugeneOR50.8 mi.
State Parks
Pritchard State ParkOR1.7 mi. 
Joaquin Miller State ParkOR2.4 mi. 
Jessie M Honeyman Memorial State ParkOR3.8 mi. 
Darlingtonia State ParkOR3.9 mi. 
Heceta Head Lighthouse State ParkOR10.1 mi. 
Carl G Washburne Memorial State ParkOR11.5 mi. 
Muriel O Ponsler Memorial State ParkOR12.8 mi. 
Tokatee Kloochman State ParkOR14.9 mi. 
Stonefield Beach State ParkOR16.3 mi. 
Bolon Island Tideways State ParkOR18.9 mi. 
Neptune State ParkOR19.1 mi. 
Yachats Ocean Road State ParkOR21.8 mi. 
Yachats State ParkOR22.5 mi. 
Umpqua Lighthouse State ParkOR22.8 mi. 
Smelt Sands State ParkOR23.2 mi. 
San Marine State ParkOR24.6 mi. 
Umpqua State ParkOR25.2 mi. 
Beachside State ParkOR26.7 mi. 
William M Tugman State ParkOR26.8 mi. 
Governor Patterson Memorial State ParkOR29.4 mi. 
Coos Art MuseumCoos BayOR43.0 mi.(Art)
University of Oregon Museum of ArtEugeneOR50.8 mi.(Art)
Guy Leabo MuseumCottage GroveOR53.6 mi.(History)
Earth Art InkCorvallisOR57.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Wildlife SafariWinstonOR68.9 mi.

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