Heading to Rockaway Beach for your Oregon Coast vacation, and wondering what there is to do there?
We've got you covered.
There's lots of things to do in Rockaway Beach.
Follow along for the top 5 things to do in Rockaway Oregon -- and a few more!
Like our home base of Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach features a long, seven mile sandy beach.
But there, the similarities end. Rockaway Beach has a whole different vibe. While Manzanita Beach is low key, creative and independent, Rockaway Beach earns their nickname "Coney Island of the Oregon Coast."
You'll find lots of gift and souvenir shops along Highway 101 which runs through town -- at a much slower speed limit, of course! And even a few chain shops and Rockaway Beach restaurants sprinkled in amongst all the local businesses.
One thing we know for sure. Rockaway Beach has die hard fans who vacation annually at this well loved northern Oregon Coast spot.
And here's the top 5 things to do at Rockaway Beach to help plan your own trip:
#1 - South Jetty of the Nehalem Bay
People love the south jetty of the Nehalem Bay area in Rockaway Beach.
There's lots to appeal to beach goers, with an easily accessible parking lot, public restrooms, picnic tables, great accessibility and plenty of benches for those that like to simply take in the views of this part of Rockaway Beach
You'll typically find a food truck serving burgers and shaved ice nearby, and a small, local restaurant open for lunch or an early dinner.
Check out the Jetty Fishery Marina & RV Park for crabbing, picnicking, hiking, camping, boat rentals, clamming, fishing, birding and chowing down on what the Jetty calls "some of the best fresh seafood on the West Coast."
Buy a kite at the famous Rockaway Beach roadside shop, Flamingo Jim's and fly a kite.
Check out the wild winter storm from the benches and witness Mother Nature playing with the wild Pacific Ocean.
Or watch the harbor seals frolic in Nehalem Bay, or snooze on the opposite shore with groups of their friends.
This is also a great spot to get some great photos of both the scenic area and the coastal wildlife.
Manzanita Beach Life Insiders Tip: You can climb down the Jetty during low tide and search through the tide pools. Be sure to check the tidal - be sure to check the tidal calendar first.
#2 - Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Check out the beautiful area from an original vintage steam engine locomotive!
The train is staffed by knowledgeable and helpful volunteers who are happy to answer the 101 questions kids always have. And adult questions, too!
You'll find they operate on the 46 miles of railroad that runs from the Port of Tillamook Bay to the east side of the Oregon Coast Range. They offer several different rides, including a five mile run from Rockaway Beach to the town of Garibaldi.