Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Rockaway Beach provides 7 miles of sandy shoreline that is well-suited for picnics, kite flying and fishing. Although the beach is nearly directly west of Portland, accessing the location is by no means a straight shot; whether heading to the coast on Highway 6 or Highway 26, you’ll have to spend some time driving north or south, respectively, on Highway 101 to reach Rockaway Beach. While this means a bit more driving time, it keeps the beach from drawing a large crowd.

At Rockaway Beach, you’re sure to have enough space for a large group to spread out and take up space for volleyball, Frisbee, kite flying or other such activities that would be more of a challenge at a congested beach.  Overall, this is a great destination for a relaxing summer beach getaway. A number of houses along the 7-mile shoreline are available for rent and can be found through a quick search online.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Expansive and mostly uncrowded beach.

Cons

Limited amenities at the beach.

Features

Fishing
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

Rockaway is one of the less populated beaches on the Oregon coast which is exactly why it's our favorite
10/17/2015
Returned for the second straight year for a fall crabbing trip to Rockaway Beach and Nehalem Bay. Like last year, the weather was great and the sunsets did not disappoint.
10/04/2014
Rockaway Beach is a great place to catch a Fall Sunset
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