Oceanside Things to Do
Sections of the Oregon Coast are severely rocky, while there are some places that have a beach. Oceanside Beach is one of those places, and even though it is fairly crowded here (don't expect to find a parking place here in the summer months!) by Oregon Coast standards, there is still a fair amount of space available for people to relax and enjoy...more
Cape Lookout State Park lies about 12 miles west of Tillamook on the south end of Netarts Bay. It is semiwild, the road south really wasn't improved until about 30 years ago. There is a large campground here with yurts and even a few cabins to rent for those not used to sleeping under the trees. The campground is very popular and during the summer,...more
Just a couple of miles to the south from Oceanside is Netarts, occupying a not quite-so dramatic site at the entrance to Netarts Bay. The town tends to sprawl through the trees and along the north end of the bay. The bay itself is a large shallow affair that looks vast at high tide, but more like a mudpit at low. It is an estuarine soup bringing...more
5015 Grand Ave, Oceanside, Oregon, 97134, United States
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1440 Pacific Ave. NW, Oceanside, Oregon, 97134, United States
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2310 Cape Meares Loop Nw, Oceanside, OR 97134
At one time in the distant past, this was a typical single family coastal residence. After years of changes, it is now the home of this little restaurant right where the town's main street comes to an end. You couldn't ask for a much better location for a restaurant, as the Oceanside Beach State Park is essentially across the street. The only thing...more
The ambiance is dependent upon your skill in finding the correct vacation rental, either via the internet or other methods. This particular meal was enjoying overlooking the entrance to Netarts Bay on a particularlly stormy night. These are fresh mussels - not from Netarts Bay but the Puget Sound of Washington State. The meal was cooked at a house...more
5 Hotels in Oceanside
Oceanside is a fairly small community (all of about 300 people or maybe slightly more, depending on if you count all-year residents or temporary tourists). Therefore, getting around in Oceanside isn't much of an issue, as it takes about 5 minutes to walk the length of the main street through downtown.
However, getting to Oceanside may not seem like it would be particularly east to do. After all, it is well outside Tillamook.
However, despite being on a dead-end peninsula that sticks up west of Tillamook, there is a public bus service that operates between Oceanside and Tillamook, and connects with other public transit services, including services to/froom Portland and to/from Cannon Beach.
Service between Oceanside and Tillamook only operates about four times per day, Monday through Saturday, but that does serve the tourist traffic that wants to spend the day here and local population that needs to get into town and doesn't want to / can't drive there for some reason or other. It also provides some relief for those wanting to visit the beach at Oceanside State Park, but can't find a parking place during the peak tourist season.
The bus stop in Oceanside is right at the end of the main road through town, within 200 feet (60 meters) of the beach at Oceanside. The fact that the Tillamook to Oceanside timetable is posted on the bus stop is an added convenience, though it doesn't compensate too much for the fact that service only operates four times per day.
The fare is $1.00 one way.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Budget Travel
Oceanside Warnings and Dangers
Not so very long ago, Oceanside was a quiet and out of the way community served by an unknown dead-end road off of a relatively unknown branch loop off of highway 101.The roads are still set up that way, and many of the roads have very limited curves and tigh clearances, and are simply not set up for large vehicles of any sort.You may want to ask...more
Sea lions are really only a danger if you are a fisherman with a fish on your line. At one point, these mammals were on the edge of extinction, but they have made a huge comeback, much to dismay of many fishermen and dock owners - the sea lions like to rest on docks, resisting attempts to make they reside elsewhere. Protected by federal law, you...more
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