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

  • Kayak Tillamook County

    PO Box 1270
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141
    503-866-4808

    Welcome to the most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast! Kayak Tillamook County offers privately-scheduled Paddle Board and Kayak Tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Our seven estuary systems offers flat-water paddling on six coastal bays, dozens of rivers, scores of intimate sloughs, backwater channels and fresh water lakes. We can satisfy practically any flat-water experience desired. Encounter river otters, harbor seals, mink, elk, raptors and seabirds while paddling your own kayak or sharing a tandem. We are professionally trained and certified staff, and registered with the Oregon State Marine Board. Beginners and novices welcome! From November to March individual thermoses of Hot Apple Cider are served, each with a fresh cinnamon stick inside.

  • 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 www.ocsr.net.

Featured accommodations

  • Beachcombers NW - Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136
    503-622-1282

    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!

  • Vacasa - Rockaway Beach

    210 S 1st Ave P.O. Box 254
    Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136
    503-208-9861

    From the stunning vistas at the Nedonna Views condos to luxurious oceanfront estates, Vacasa offers more than 100 privately owned, professionally managed vacation rentals in Rockaway Beach. Stroll along seven miles of sandy oceanfront, kayak on an inland lake, or simply sit back and enjoy the sunset! Every Vacasa home in Rockaway Beach is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.

Featured Deals

  • Be a Storm Watcher

    Schedule your visit in conjunction with the winter storms on the southern coast, stay two nights and get the third night free with our already reduced rates of $130 a night. Receive a complimentary rain poncho with an Agate bag for your agate treasure hunting. Hot breakfast will be served every morning to get you ready to face the wild storms of the mighty Pacific.

  • Stay and Play Golf Package – River House Inn

    Package includes an overnight stay and 18 Holes of golf for two at Sandpines Golf Links. The River House Inn has a perfect location on the beautiful Siuslaw River in Old Town Florence. Just a 5 minute drive takes you to Sandpines Golf Links, named the "#1 Public Golf Course in America" by Golf Digest Magazine when the course opened in 1993.

  • Helicopter Tour Package – Three Rivers Casino Resort

    When you choose the Apex Helicopter Tour package, you can take in the beauty of the Oregon Coast with an unbeatable bird’s eye view. Apex Helicopters offers a safe, unforgettable experience for Oregon Coast visitors. Choose between several options including 20- or 40-mile tours, and head either north or south from Florence. When you touch back down, wind down in your deluxe hotel room, grab…

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