Manzanita is 40 miles south of Astoria, 15 miles south of Cannon Beach, 2 hours west of McMinnville and 200 miles north of Bandon on highway 101. Both towns have the cutest beach cottages! It is a much smaller town than Cannon Beach, but we fell in love with Manzanita beach….miles and miles of beach as far as the eye could see.
The longest beach in Oregon
Manzanita has the largest beach we have ever seen in our life. From the base of Naehkahnie Mountain looking south as far as the eye can see is flat walkable beach. Dogs are allowed off lease and our yellow labrador would run until he dropped, exhausted. Walking for hours, we never reached the end of it.
The town has only 500 full time residents but during the summer it triples in size from all the visitors. This tourist haven offers restaurants, spas, galleries, vacation homes, small shopping and even a 9-hole golf course.
Oregon Coast: Journey from Astoria to Brookings. We’ll go buggy running on the “dunes”, drop deep into the sea lion caves, explore lighthouses, museums and interpretive centers. Sample sea food and wine, and find out how cranberries are harvested. It’s the most complete video excursion of the Oregon Coast. Click here for more info.
The Legend of Lost Treasure
Considerable evidence supports the assumption of buried treasure near Neahkahnle. In addition to the Indian legend, there are records of Spanish ships, loaded with treasure gained in raids on South American cities, sailing northward from Peru, never to be heard of again. Mysterious markings carved into the rocks on Neahkahnie Mountain could hold the key to the location of the treasure. Stone walls, masonry and giant mounds of rocks placed in the shape of an inverted “W” with a base nearly a mile long have been discovered by treasure hunters near Neahkahnie. If the treasure is there, it has eluded an army of treasure hunters, most of whom come to Neahkahnie with a hunch, a shovel, wheelbarrow or metal detectors. A few have come with bulldozers and backhoes. Five people were killed when their 30-foot deep hole caved in on them in 1931. Some say that the treasure is there, but it will never be found. They believe that the ghosts of the black giant and his evil companions still guard the treasure of Neahkahnie and that they will keep the treasure hidden forever.
Spanish archives list 33 ships sailing from Manila Galleon route (Mexico to the Philippines) were lost along this route. Five possible galleons from this list were possible shipwrecks at the base of Naehkahnie Mountain were: the San Juanillolost in 1578; the San Juanlost in 1586; the San Antoniolost in 1603; the San Francisco Xavierknown to carry beeswax which sailed in 1705; and the San Josein 1769.
Oregon Waterfalls: There are hundreds of waterfalls in Oregon. Many are easily accessible from I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge and others along Interstate 5 from Portland to the southern Oregon border. They are incredible examples of nature’s artistry. The power and awesome beauty of their cascades has taken millions of years to create. Many are carved through basaltic rock. Click here for more info.