Rockaway Beach Spot Guide

About Rockaway Beach

Built as summer resorts for Portlanders in the second decade of the last century, Rockaway Beach and Manzanita combined are home to about a dozen miles of typical flat-bottomed beachbreak with the requisite dune grass and driftwood on the sand, wide open to much wind and swell. The area is good during the summer with small, clean swells and east wind, but that’s about it.

Source: Rockaway Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Intermediate

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

None, really.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

None. Pick your peak.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Fewer surfers equals shorter menu.

Access

For summer access at Rockaway Beach, turn west onto N. First Avenue at the sign saying Rockaway Beach Access. For Manzanita, take Leneda Avenue through Manzanita and turn right onto Ocean Road (it's the only way you can go). A little more beach is accessible by veering left onto Beulah Reed Road.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

April-October

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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