Things to Do in Oceanside, Oregon

February 17, 2024

Categories: Oceanside | North Oregon Coast

3 Arch Rocks in Oceanside, OR on a partly cloudy day.


Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge 

These 3 massive sea stacks are the first thing you see when rounding the bend to Oceanside. This wildlife refuge is home to a diverse array of seabirds, including puffins, murres, and cormorants. These huge rocks are a well-known icon for Oceanside and the perfect backdrop for your photographs. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camara!

Oceanside Beach

Spend time walking along the sandy shores of the Oceanside Beach State Park, where you’ll find parking a restroom, and beach access. The sand is accessed down a short, paved hill, then through a few low-lying rocks. While there, enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Three Arch Rocks. Enjoy beachcombing, sandcastle building, or simply relaxing and listening to the waves.


Agate Hunting & Tide Pooling

If you love to hunt for agates or haven’t tried it yet, Oceanside is a great place to find these little treasures. Be sure to check the tide table first and hit the beach at low tide. For the best experience, go after a storm when the ocean sweeps in large numbers of rocks to hunt through.

During low tide, you can also explore tide pools along the rocky hillside to discover a variety of marine life, including sea stars, anemones, crabs, and more. Be sure to tread lightly and observe animals without disturbing their habitats.

For more tide pooling adventures drive up the Cape Meares Loop Road a bit, where you will most likely find other cars parked at Hundred Step Beach. The stairs are steep and not for everyone so take heed. If you can make it to the bottom, it opens onto a small, beautiful beach with several tidepools to explore.


Visit Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint & Lighthouse

From Oceanside, the Cape Meares Lighthouse and Viewpoint is about an 8-minute drive up the Cape Meares Loop Road. Explore this beautiful coastal park with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, including the historic Cape Meares Lighthouse and several scenic overlooks. The paved path down to the lighthouse is nice and wide, however it has a bit of a downhill grade that might not be suitable for everyone.

For those who cannot navigate the pathway to the lighthouse, there are two beautiful viewpoints to enjoy, one on each side of the parking lot! The lighthouse is open for visitors from April through October. Visitors can enjoy free admission and a fun little gift shop to browse for souvenirs.


Netarts Bay

Explore Netarts Bay, just 5-miles from Oceanside, it’s known for its pristine calm waters and scenic views. Enjoy activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding or go crabbing and clamming. Netarts Bay is famous for its abundant crabbing and clamming opportunities. Rent a boat or try your hand at digging for clams along the sandy shores.


Places to Eat & Drink

Oceanside offers these restaurants and cafes:

Rosanna’s Café – Home-like atmosphere with oceanfront views. Espresso & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Kid’s Menu. Beer & Wine. Specializes in Fresh Seafood Entrees and Homemade Desserts.

Blue Agate Café – Laid back atmosphere with ocean views. Breakfast & Lunch Specialties. Kid’s Menu. 

Current Café & Lounge – Grab a bite by the ocean. Coffee, Food, Pastries & More! 


Where to Stay

Stay in a Cozy Vacation Rental: Consider renting a beach house or cabin in Oceanside for a relaxing coastal getaway. Enjoy the comforts of home while being just steps away from the beach.


Relax and Unwind

Whether you're lounging on the beach, enjoying a picnic, or simply listening to the sound of the waves, take time to relax and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of Oceanside.

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