The Paradise Cove Resort & Marina is a well maintained privately owned park on the shores of scenic Nehalem River, not far from the Pacific Ocean. The park is family friendly and is a member of the Coast-To-Coast, Adventure Outdoors Resorts, Resorts Preferred International (RPI) and Resorts of Distinction (ROD) park networks. The park is a great base from which to explore the scenic north-central Oregon coastal area.
We stayed at the Paradise Cove Resort & Marina for one week in mid-July using our ROD membership for an inexpensive stay. This is an older park with the original resort and marina right next to the Nehalem River and a newer section in a forested area uphill and across Highway 101. The park was busy during our stay, but peaceful and quiet. We had a 50 amp full hookup back-in site in the new section of the park and enjoyed our stay here.
Our seven night stay here was free (included in our ROD membership fee – given how many nights we stayed at ROD resorts this travel season, we averaged about $3/night – not counting the occasional extra vehicle fee).
Amenities On Site or Nearby
The campground has basic amenities, including full or partial-hookups, restrooms and showers, laundry room, swimming pool and indoor spa. The park has a nice club house in both the old and new sections of the park. Few amenities are available close to the park – markets, gas stations, and restaurants are available in Manzanita and Rockaway Beach. A wider range of shopping and services are available further along the coast at Warrenton, Astoria or Tillamook.
Accessibility – 4/5
The campground is easily accessible from Highway US-101. As noted, the campground is split by Highway 101, with campground offices, marina and original campground downhill along the Nehalem River and a new section in a forested area uphill from the 101. The main road through the park will easily accommodate large rigs. Once past the paved entrance, roads in the park are well maintained gravel. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access, although the gravel roadways might be rough to navigate.
The park only has back-in sites. Sites in the older section are small and may prove a tight fit for larger rigs. Sites in the new section are larger and more easily accessible for large rigs.
Facilities/Amenities – 3/5
As noted, the campground offers basic amenities, including full or partial-hookups, restrooms and showers, laundry room, swimming pool and indoor spa. The grounds and facilities are clean and well maintained.
Site quality – 3/5
Sites have either full hookups with water and 50/30/20 amp electric service. A few tent or small RV sites with partial hookups – water and electric only – are available. Sites are gravel with a picnic table and little separation between sites. Sites in the tent section have better separation and include a fire ring.
Scenic Value – 4/5
Set on the shores of the Nehalem River, nestled in forested hills and just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, the campground is quite scenic.
Location/Isolation – 3/5
As noted, the campground is set along a lovely river on a forested hillside. The park is shielded from busy Highway US-101 by the forested hillside and feels isolated from the world outside the park. The campground is generally quiet, although road noise from Highway US-101 is noticeable at times.
However, due to the closeness of the RV sites the feeling of isolation is quickly lost. For us, this is the biggest detraction of the park – this is a personal preference, it is still a nice park we wouldn’t mind visiting again.
Paws Friendliness – 3/5
The campground is pet friendly, provides cleanup-bag stations throughout the park, but does not have any enclosed pet run. The campground is large enough to take a long walk with your pet.
Overall Rating – 3/5
This is a nice basic campground which we can recommend. We would certainly stay here on another trip.
We received a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We deployed our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access.
The water at this campground tested soft – we did not add our water softener to the water filtration stack.
There are many things to see and do in the area around the park. Here are some suggestions:
- Visit working port of Geribaldi
- Visit Nehalem Bay State Park
- Visit beaches at Rockaway Beach or Neahkahnie Beach
- Visit Canon Beach and Ecola State Park
- Fishing, clamming, crabbing, & surfing are popular local activities
- Scenic drives along the coast – take the Three Capes Drive
- Visit Tillamook Air Museum and taste area cheeses at Tillamook Cheese Factory