About Brookings, Oregon, and the infamous Banana Belt
Brookings-Harbor (it's proper name) is a classic, picturesque, Pacific Northwest harbor town. Here you will find restaurants, grocery stores, a movie theater, art galleries, antique shops, and kayak/outdoor gear rental facilities. Seven miles South, in Smith River, California, is a casino. One can charter a fishing boat, or go whale watching. You can buy fresh crab at the harbor on most afternoons.
Brookings, Oregon is located in the "Banana Belt", a 30 mile, unusually temperate, microclimate-zone, with relatively stable year round temperatures. Temperatures in the high 60's are not uncommon throughout the winter months. Likewise, sunny days are more common in this area along the coast than anywhere on the Northwest coast. In the five mile stretch between Brookings and the California border one can find Easter Lilly fields that bloom in the winter months. Oranges, daffodils, and other flowers bloom in mid January. Flowers and plants typically seen in Hawaii, and other subtropical regions flourish here.
Whales can be seen from the balcony, passing through year round (see Whale Watching for best whale watching months). The rainy season is between November and March bringing dramatic storms and crashing, thunderous waves (many come to watch the storms and the tumultuous sea). These storms and rainy days are regularly interspersed with calm, sunny days. Most of the remainder of the year finds relatively clear skies. Summers are cooled by ocean breezes and typically in the high 60's to high 70's (several days from June to August will reach into the 80's). Inland, just one mile will find temps reaching into the mid 90's. Fog is common in the morning in the summer months with dramatic views as the fog disperses along the coast. To the North is a 30 mile scenic corridor containing some of the most beautiful, ruggedly scenic coastline in the world. This 30 mile stretch is known as the "Wild Rivers Coast".
View looking East up the Chetco River, Brookings-Harbor, Oregon.