"LITTLE GEM BETWEEN THE CAPES" Oceanside by mtncorg

Oceanside Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 17 photos

Oceanside is a small little town that pushes up the south side of a headland next to Three Arch Rocks. It is about 10 miles to the west of Tillamook - about 1.5 - 2 hours west of Portland - lying just south of Cape Meares and north of the entrance to Netarts Bay. The town used to be a very quiet collection of mostly vacation homes, but has grown into the somewhat overbuilt affair of today. Now, you won't mistake this for a New Jersey or Massachusettes beach, for sure, but you won't see it in its more pristine state of 40 years ago, either. Damn, I am getting old!!!! Times change and sprawl we must.

There is a plethora of vacation homes you can rent - even over the internet, simply use a search engine and input 'Oceanside Oregon rental'. The beaches to the south are wide. Tidepools lie along the rocks around the headland - Maxwell Point - with an amazing variety of life within. Rock cliffs and sea stacks are rookeries for thousands of birds. Sea lions are numerous and sea food is fresh. Nearby to the north - one mile - is the Cape Meares lighthouse and the long sand spit of the Bayocean peninsula separating the Tillamook Bay from the open ocean. To the south, Netarts Bay and Cape Lookout provide an estuarine ecological encyclopedia.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Sealife, tidepools, beaches, bays and capes
  • Cons:Getting too popular for its own good
  • In a nutshell:Still one of the best weekend coastal destinations from Portland
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2005
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  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2006 at 10:56 AM

    Just the page I need, my husband & I just booked a motel there between Christmas & New Year! Can't wait to see the sea lions!!!

  • Jonathan_C's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2004 at 12:59 PM

    Cape Lookout looks like a fantastic spot. You are hereby warned that we'll be polluting your lovely Oregon beaches with our own kids in the near future!

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2004 at 8:11 AM

    I had to laugh at your description of Oceanside as "overbuilt"! Most urban VTers probably wouldn't agree. One of my favorite Oregona coast towns, off the main drag. I remember a memorable mussel stew there over 30 years ago.

  • mim95's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2003 at 6:34 AM

    So have you harvested any mushroom on this trip?

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2003 at 12:44 PM

    Nice pictures, but it looks rather cold.


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