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Rockaway Beach has been a favorite vacation spot for about a century. The railroad to town was completed in 1912, and the city people from Portland began arriving for a weekend or sometimes for the entire summer.
The town is long and narrow, nestled in-between the ocean and the hills, and there are hundreds of oceanfront rooms available to the west of the railroad tracks. The population is about 1,500. Many homes in town are second homes for people who live in Portland, just two hours away.
The beach is long and flat here, and stretches for miles. The famous offshore Twin Rocks are visible from just about anywhere on the beach. You can go to the beach at night and enjoy a family campfire, have a BBQ with friends or build sand castles. If you like to hike, there are several beautiful sights behind Rockaway. You can go up Third Street and hike for hours.
In the summer, there is a 1910 steam train that runs along the original tracks between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi. The cars are open and it's a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery! For more information http://www.ocsr.net/index.html
Rockaway Beach has several small lakes. Lake Lytle has a boat launch and is the best place to fish for trout. For ocean fishing, there are several charters that go out of Garibaldi, 7 miles to the south.
Rockaway Beach has about a dozen restaurants, serving a variety of food. Karla's Smokehouse has been serving smoked fish for 45 years, and Upper Crust Pizza prides itself on being "simply the best". For evening entertainment, Rick's Roadhouse offers nightly music and dancing. There are a variety of antique and gift shops in town.