Rockaway Beach - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach has been drawing visitors since the first train brought families for their beach vacations in 1920, before highways were built.  Rockaway Beach has never stopped being a great destination to gather with family and friends to build memories…and sandcastles!  With over 100 vacation rental houses and 300 hotels rooms, Rockaway Beach is ready to be your destination on the magnificent Oregon Coast. There’s a lot to boast about including 7 flat miles of soft, sandy beach perfect to enjoy beachcombing, kite flying, and simply drawing in the ocean air and sound of miles of sea while you walk along the shore.  Professional and amateur photographers love to capture the ever changing ocean sunsets behind the majestic Twin Rocks with crashing waves or a fishing boat on the horizon, heading home for the day. Beach bonfires under the star-lit skies are popular group gatherings. The steam engine train rides are special to this town. The delightful sounds of the train whistle can be heard on a route that has spectacular views of Tillamook Bay, tide pools and the ocean on its destination to Rockaway’s Wayside. All aboard!

Rockaway Beach draws new and returning visitors for year round annual events that are family favorites; the Fourth of July parade has both local and visiting groups participating as it marches down Hwy 101 to the delight of the spectators, followed by evening fireworks that are mirrored beautifully on surface of the ocean.  A variety of festivals throughout the year attract visitors for art, crafts, authors, wine, music and even, Arrrr!, a pirate festival with carnival rides. Other popular events at The Wayside include the annual kite festival in spring, Pirates Festival, 4th of July parade and fireworks, and the Christmas tree lighting with carols and an appearance by Santa for the holidays.

Walk through an abundance of shops for antiques, treasures old, new, and unique, sweet treats, souvenirs and amusements. Interspersed between the shops are restaurants which cater to all tastes. Rockaway Beach is sprinkled with lakes and ponds from north to south for fishing and boating. There are trails and a nature preserve for hiking among old growth trees. It’s also centrally located to be your base camp for short trips to other coastal attractions north and south. A trip to Rockaway Beach will be a fond memory for years to come; it’s a place you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Featured activities

  • The City of Rockaway Beach

    276 S. Hwy 101
    Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136

    You’ll think it can’t get any better than this. Then tomorrow comes. Life here is defined by a series of incredible moments as vast and colorful as the landscape. With 7 miles of sandy beach, our old-fashioned little beach town offers lodging, dining, shopping and an abundance of recreational activities at prices much lower than other coastal communities. Rockaway Beach, one of Oregon’s best kept secrets. For more information:

  • Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

    Port of Garibaldi Depot
    Garibaldi, Oregon 97118
    (503) 842-7972

    Come and join us on a delightful train ride behind one of our historic steam locomotives and enjoy beautiful ocean views and native wildlife along Tillamook Bay. Board the train in Rockaway or Garibaldi. Departures offered on weekends, starting May 26 through September 29, daily service June 22 through September 2. We also offer 3 hour dinner trains throughout the year as well as a number of special excursions including: the Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th, Moonlight Specials, Fall Splendor, Pumpkin Train, and Candy Cane Express. Call or visit our non-profit organization's website for prices, special excursions, and online ticketing at

Featured accommodations

  • Surfside Ocean Front Resort Motel

    101 NW 11th St
    Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136

    Surfside Resort is located on one of the most spectacular beach setting with a beautiful oceanfront view of the pacific ocean. While you are here, swim in our lovely indoor pool, or stroll our beautiful uncrowded beach. We have a variety of accommodations to meet your needs.

  • Beachcombers NW - Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136

    Choose from over 400 Oregon Coast vacation rentals, featuring oceanfront, pet friendly, romantic getaways, and large group accommodations. Use our unique regional search categories or search the entire coast to discover your perfect vacation getaway. Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront house, a luxury condo, or a cozy cottage, we can help. Click on the email, calendar, or book direct links for current availability and rate quotes. Book direct & save!