New guide is full of color photos, with an exhaustive directory of beaches, from the Columbia River to the California border.

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If you love beachcombing, tidepooling, surf fishing or just hanging out on Northwest beaches, here’s a guidebook for you.

As a born-and-bred Washingtonian, I’m pretty loyal to my home state. But when it comes to vacationing by the pounding Pacific, I have to admit I spend a lot of time on the gorgeous and accessible Oregon Coast.

John Shewey, a Salem-based photojournalist and longtime editor of Northwest Fly Fishing magazine, has authored a handsome new softcover, 396-page guide,“Oregon Beaches: A Traveler’s Companion,” that might deserve a place on your coffee table — or in the map pocket of your Outback or R.V.

It’s full of color photos and includes an exhaustive — and intriguing — directory of scores of beaches, from Clatsop Spit, on the Columbia River, to Crissey Field Beach, on the California border. There are popular playgrounds as well as secret beaches, with maps, websites, phone numbers and more to help you plan a visit. An appendix of beach events and festivals lets you pick: busy time or quiet time.

Then you’re faced with tough choices: agate hunting north of Bandon, surfing near Newport, or spying black-bellied plovers at Humbug Mountain? (Caxton Press, December 2017, $27.50)