In 1909, developers established Rockaway Beach, Oregon as a seaside resort in the tradition of its Long Island namesake. The small community connected by train to Portland and served as a popular getaway for "city folk" for well over a hundred years. Today, it's a somewhat quieter but equally desirable destination on the Oregon Coast for those seeking a quintessential beach town experience.
Where is Rockaway Beach, OR?
Rockaway Beach is less than two hours' drive from Portland and only fifteen minutes north of Tillamook's dining, shopping, and famous cheese factory. With so many other Oregon beach towns nearby, it serves as a great home base for exploring busier towns like family-friendly Seaside and Cannon Beach.
Things to Do in Rockaway Beach
With seven miles of picturesque sandy shoreline and a chain of inland lakes left behind by a long-ago channel of the Nehalem River, Rockaway Beach is one of the coast's most popular spots for outdoor enthusiasts. Boating, fishing, crabbing, sea kayaking and sandcastle building are just a few of the area's star attractions.
Just south of town, photographers flock to the beautiful Twin Rocks for a jaw-dropping image of the sun sinking below the horizon. During the summer months, take a ride along the historic Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, departing from Rockaway Beach's iconic "Little Red Caboose."
With a full kitchen back at your cozy vacation home, you'll be able to catch your own dinner, be it Dungeness crab, Coho salmon, or fresh-caught clams. All the equipment needed can be found and rented at facilities such as the iconic Jetty Fishery. When you've had your fill of cooking, head out for oceanfront dining at the Sand Dollar for a change of pace!
Day Trips from Rockaway Beach
A Rockaway Beach vacation rental makes an excellent home base to spend a day exploring the best of the Northern Oregon Coast; the shops & galleries of Cannon Beach, boardwalks of Seaside, and laid-back lifestyle of Manzanita are all within an hour's drive north. Head south and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Three Capes Scenic Drive, or just relax on the beach at Rockaway. After all, that is why people have been flocking here for over a century.
No matter how you spend your time on the Oregon Coast, one of our fantastic vacation rentals is sure to do the trick. Pick your favorite vacation home in Rockaway Beach today!