What to do and see in Rockaway Beach, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 28, 2018 Leida Jutras

Rockaway Beach in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for State Parks. Discover best things to do in Rockaway Beach with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Rockaway Beach

1. Nehalem Bay State Park

34600 Garey St, Nehalem, OR 97131-8246 +1 800-551-6949
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Nehalem Bay State Park

A popular state park.

Reviewed By ketah777 - Fernandina Beach, Florida

Beautiful state park with paved, level sites. We have a 40 ft 5th wheel and were able to fit into site A41 with no trouble. The sites along this stretch of the A loop seemed to have a little more room around them than sites in the rest of the campground. We backed up to woods for a little privacy. The loops can be tight to drive around as you're getting to your site, especially when it's crowded with lots of people and vehicles in or near the road. We arrived on a weekday and didn't have any trouble. There are wonderful paved bike trails at this park, as well as plenty of beach access. Verizon and AT&T both worked well there. We ate dinner one night at the Pizza Garden nearby which was wonderful, they use all fresh ingredients.

2. Kelly's Brighton Marina

29200 Highway 101 N, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136-9643 +1 503-368-5745
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Kelly's Brighton Marina

Reviewed By Jo W - Czm

We rented one of their small trolling boats (we crammed with 5 people) , and it included 4 baited crab rings for 2 hours. You set them out at intervals and then go back 15 minutes later to check for crabs. We probably got over 100 crabs in that time, but they were either under the size limit or female, which you can’t keep. We laughed all day and ended up with 2 crabs that were legal. Heck, it was a great day anyway! They cooked them for us and showed us how to clean them, and then we fought over them at dinner.
Patio is fun in the sun, drank beer while waiting for them 2 cook. We figured it was probably $75 per crab, but you just can’t pay enough for laughter, and sharing the day with good friends

3. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

403 S American Way, Garibaldi, OR 97118-1614
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Reviewed By 596Smokey - Bloomington, IN

First of all...someone posted that the trip to/from Garibaldi/Rockaway was an hour and a half. Not so. It's actually about a half an hour. Secondly, someone mentioned that the train needs renovation. No! It is very historic and old...just perfect for a vintage ride.

The engine is fabulous! On the way to Rockaway Beach we crossed many roads at which the train is required to whistle, and it was awesome every time! That, along with the clanging of the bells at some crossings was great! The train also has a caboose that houses the ticket area and small gift shop. Then there is an enclosed car, an outside car with a roof, and a completely open car. I rode in the outside car with the roof. It was a bit windy that day, but worth it to be outside.

We had a half hour stop in Rockaway Beach before heading back. Honestly, on a Sunday morning in September there wasn't much to do on the break. It looked like maybe during the busy season there are food trucks around, but not this day.

The train runs between Highway 101 and the bay. It does not run along the ocean coast or along any bluffs or anything. It's still a nice ride, but if you are looking for dramatic scenery you won't find it here. It also runs through a lot of people's backyards. It was fun when people waved from their fishing spots or houses or the road.

Overall, it was a fun little trip, but don't expect too much out of it. Also, the seats were a little hard, so if that will bother you then you might bring a pillow or jacket to sit on.

(As always, please feel free to message me with questions about any of my reviews!)

4. Garibaldi Boat Basin

S. Mooring Basin Rd., Garibaldi, OR
Excellent
34%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Garibaldi Boat Basin

Reviewed By bsandrs - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Coming as we do from a City with a vibrant fishing port and yachting area is was great to enjoy the Boat Basin in Garibaldi, together with the interesting retail outlets. This is a relaxing town to visit and we liked the giant letter "G" looking down from the hillside. Well worth a visit.

5. Rockaway Beach Wayside

Between U.S. Highway 101 and S. Pacific, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 +1 503-355-2291
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Rockaway Beach Wayside

Reviewed By simpleyme - Washington

This place has free parking restrooms and the best part is this is a great quick access beach. Just lovely. This is the kind of beach that kids can play on all day.

6. Garibaldi Museum

112 Garibaldi Ave, Garibaldi, OR 97118-1016 +1 503-322-8411
Excellent
57%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Garibaldi Museum

Reviewed By ChrisABeaune - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

What a delightful surprise this museum was, on a rainy summer day in Oregon. It covers a lot of areas related to Garibaldi: sailing/ships/shipwrecks, lumber, fishing, Coastal Indians, guns. There are exhibits on WWII in the area and vintage videos. I enjoyed the display and text about ships' figureheads.
An entire room is dedicated to the Captain Robert Gray, unsung and noteworthy explorer of the Columbia River - before Vancouver or Lewis&Clark. What an interesting life he had!
For the children, there are videos and a chance to dress up in settler or ship clothing, create a wooden basket, or see how the natives carved canoes from a single tree.
The gift shop has tasteful, unusual and well-priced items for all ages; the staff was very friendly and helpful.

7. Flamingo Jim's

234 S Highway 101, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136-1015 +1 503-355-2365
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Flamingo Jim's

Reviewed By missedem80 - Missoula, Montana

I love this store. I do about a third of my Christmas shopping here every July during our one annual vacation to visit families who live nearby. They're kid-friendly, loaded with nifty gifts, shells, shirts, and all kinds of neat statuary. There may be other stores like this in Rockaway Beach, but I haven't felt the need to shop elsewhere since I found Flamingo Jim's!

8. Jetty Marina

27550 Highway 101 N, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136-9897 +1 503-368-5746
Excellent
54%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Jetty Marina

Reviewed By tiredandtravelled - Portland, Oregon

Not as accessible, but still friendly and helpful. Many places to throw your crab ring. A fish and chip place. They will cook your crabs so you can eat your catch. Near a sand bar so they will set you up to go clamming as well. You need a license, for crabbing, fishing, clamming or all three 82 dollar per year January to December, available here crabbing portion much cheaper. Camp and RV sites available.

9. Garibaldi Charters

7th & Hwy 101, Garibaldi, OR 97118
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Garibaldi Charters

Garibaldi Charters offers fishing charters in some of the best places on the Oregon Coast. We offer a variety of trips including rockfish and lingcod, salmon, halibut, tuna, crabbing and more!

Reviewed By Steven C - Yakima, Washington

My daughter and I were on a trip on the Norwester with Captain Lance and Crewman Mitch for a morning of Light-Tackle Bottom Fishing and Crabbing. It was a great trip! Lance and Mitch were very personable and professional. The trip out was not just...MoreGlad you guys had a good time, hope to see you again!

10. The Myrtlewood Factory Outlet

903 Garibaldi Ave, Garibaldi, OR 97118-1905 +1 503-322-3224
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

The Myrtlewood Factory Outlet

Reviewed By 2thesun - Vancouver, WA

We went in looking for a single item, but ended up buying three different items, all made of myrtlewood. There were other wood choices, but we liked the unique nature of myrtlewood.
You can spend hours in here admiring the many fine products they have on display, from salad bowel sets, platters, unique bowls, clever and pretty lazy susans, etc, etc. Also interesting carvings. Very friendly cashier. It is a must stop and a great place to buy gifits.

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