We recently spent some time in Rockaway Beach, Oregon for a family reunion. The beach town along the Oregon Coast is a 2-hour drive from Portland.

Rockaway Beach Oregon is located 2 hours from Portland. The small town of Rockaway Beach has only a few small stores and restaurants.

The small town of Rockaway Beach has only a few small stores and restaurants. Other than a quick trip to Flamingo Jim’s to get beach towels (which we forgot to bring), we spent our time at the beach.

Rockaway Beach Oregon

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The Beach

We loved the small town feel of Rockaway Beach, we really loved how deserted the beach was. We expected the beach to be crowded in the middle of July, but for the most part we had the beach to ourselves.

The ocean water was COLD even though it was the end of July. (Maybe we are just used to warm water during the summer in Ocean City.)  The cool temperature didn’t stop our two-year-old from having a blast playing in the water.

Playing in the Ocean at Rockaway Beach

Jared and I took turns chasing the little man in the water, if the water stayed below my knees it wasn’t too bad. The little guy had no qualms about getting totally soaked.

Along with playing in the water we had fun flying kites, playing in the sand, roasting s’mores and visiting with family.

Rockaway Beach Oregon is located 2 hours from Portland. The small town of Rockaway Beach has only a few small stores and restaurants. thekeeledeal.com

Places to Stay in Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach doesn’t have a lot of hotel option, but there are a number of vacation rentals. Hotels.com has a number of different options listed. There are also options on Vacasa (we stayed in this one) and VRBO.

Things to do near Rockaway Beach

While staying in Rockaway Beach we did a couple of day trips, to hunt for sand dollars and explore on bikes in Seaside and to taste cheese at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Have you visited Rockaway Beach? What was your favorite part?