Manzanita Travel Guide

  • Looking Into Manzanita from Beach
    Looking Into Manzanita from Beach
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  • Ocean from Downtown Manzanita, February of 2011
    Ocean from Downtown Manzanita, February...
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  • Beach of Manzanita looking north at Cliffs
    Beach of Manzanita looking north at...
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Manzanita Things to Do

  • A Visit to the Beach

    I suppose it should probably go without saying that if you come to the Oregon Coast you should probably at least visit the beach once.Manzanita has a beach that is mostly sand (rather than rock or gravel as found in a few other locations). It is not possible to take a long walk along the beach to the north as the beach soon ends against the high...


    Over 1600 feet above the sea, Neahkanie Mountain is a most impressive sight. There is a communication building atop, but most of the mountain is wild. You can access the mountain and the top via the Oregon Coast Trail - the trail that goes the length of the Oregon Coast, and can find trailheads along US 101 on the west side just north of the first...


    US 101 is the highway that runs parallel to the Pacific Coast through Washington, Oregon and California. The highway goes through the eastern edge of Manzanita on its way north to go over the western edge of Neahkanie Mountain. Neahkanie Mountain is over 1600 feet high, straight up from the sea below. The highway skirts above a few hundred feet....


    From the beach, sunset is always a great time to wander along the sands, alone or with someone special. The colors seem to always change. Don't want to stay up late for that sunset photo, then go in the winter:-] In the summer, the sun takes its own sweet time:-)


    The beach at Manzanita is magnificent. It is not unlike many other Oregon beaches in that respect. Sometimes you do not know what you have until you go elsewhere. I thought all beaches were like here. Not true. The water might be warmer elsewhere, not a real difficult thing to accomplish ;-\, but the beaches I saw people flocking to in places like...


    Also in Oswald West State Park, the trail out to the cliffs of Cape Falcon, the headland on the north side of Short Sand Beach ? Neahkanie Mountain is the headland to the south. The trail is about 2.5 miles from the trailhead on US 101 and goes through heavy forested ground, sometimes mucky. Occasional views through the trees of the ocean greet you...


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  • Attractive and Convenient, but No View

    Most of Manzanita is located off of highway 101, and therefore is somewhat off the beaten path. However, it is not possible to miss the Big Wave Café, with its huge big wave mural and which sits at a sharp corner on highway 101 so that the mural of a huge wave is the biggest impression of Manzanita that most people receive as they drive through the...

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    The food from your kitchen is, of course, limited only by your imagination and local products. There are a multitude of local seafoods available locally. In the nearby forests, wild mushrooms abound - in the proper seasons. The ambiance and surroundings are determined by who you are with and the place that you are staying in. Outside dining is even...

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Manzanita Transportation

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    Manzanita's only bus shelter and park and ride lot

    by glabah Written Mar 1, 2011

    Tillamook County transit district operates several bus routes that connect Tillamook to surrounding communities, including Manzanita. From here, you can go north to Cannon Beach or south to Tillamook. The service is called "Deviated Fixed Route Bus Service", which means that the driver is allowed to deviate from the fixed route by as much as ¾ of a mile from the route in order to leave a passenger off at their desired location.

    To be picked up at a deviated location, it is necessary to call the Tillamook Couny Transportation District and arrange the arrival of the bus, so that the driver knows where to find you.

    Manzanita to Garibaldi is one fare zone. South of there is a second fare zone. Going north from Manzanita to Cannon Beach crosses another fare zone. The cheapest fare is $1, but as you add zones the price increases.

    Buses are equipped with bike racks, but they seem to be busy on many days - even in the winter.

    The bus stop shelter for Manzanita shown in the photograph is on 5th Street between Laneda Avenue and Dorcas Lane. It has a public parking lot.

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Manzanita Warnings and Dangers

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    Mountain corgi treads carefully through sea foam

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2004

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    Winter storms bring big waves and very high surf which can really churn things up. The resulting foam gets pretty impressive along the beach. So high, in fact, you can lose your dog or small child in it. Be warned.

    Most Oregon beaches post warnings about undertow being present. This is a condition where water that waves have spilled onto the beach is returning to the ocean and it returns fast enough to knock you over and takes you out to sea. If you are so unlucky, remember not to fight the current, since you lose most of the time. The water is also very cold. What you do is let the current take you out beyond the breakers and then just swim parrallel to the beach and come back in with the waves. Of course, easier for me to write than you to execute ;-]

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Manzanita Off The Beaten Path

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    cool little san dune inn

    by andreas81 Written May 8, 2005

    I recently discovered this unusually cute little place, off Manzanita's main road, called San Dune Inn.

    Run by this cool British dude named Brian, he's a bit of a coastal character. Total kick in the pants to talk to.

    Not only is it REALLY dog-friendly, but very family friendly too - for kids of all ages. Not many lodging spots can claim to have a vast array of freebies like bikes, game equipment, popcorn and movies. But San Dune does. Stay at this charming, unassuming place and you'll find stuff for volleyball and other games suitable for the sand, as well as beach balls, bikes and simple sandcastle-making gear like buckets. It's a kid's dream come true.

    Heck, I took part in it. Grabbed a bike and went sauntering around the beach in the middle of the night. Sooooo fun.

    They've got a great selection of movies too. Sucked in all the M. Night Shaliman flicks. Very cool.

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