Why Manzanita home rental is one of  the best places to stay in Ocho Rios Jamaica ?

Here it is, Memorial Day Weekend, and I received a call from a very unhappy vacationer. Their Manzanita home rental had been double booked, and they were the sad guests who had to find alternate accommodations on a very busy holiday weekend.

As we were solidly booked, I helped as best I could with alternative places they could look for lodging.

While I don’t know who this beleaguered guest originally booked through, I wrote this post in order to help others in their search for great Manzanita Oregon lodging. The best part of my work is helping travelers have great vacations.

You know us – we love to talk about Manzanita. And while we own The Houses On Manzanita Beach, our own beachfront Manzanita house rentals, we’re glad to also help others who might prefer something different, our Manzanita homes might not be a good fit for their vacation, or are looking for something different than Manzanita rentals.

So follow along. As always, we’re here to help!

Best Places to stay in Ocho Rios Jamaica 

Manzanita House Rentals

We’ll start with our personal favorite type of lodging, Manzanita home rentals. But then, we’re biased! And we’ve been known to shake up our own vacations a bit trying different types of lodging, home rentals, and camping, but we’ll get to that later.

More and more, people are finding out about the attractions of the Manzanita Oregon area as it gains popularity not only with travelers from Portland, but from outside the area too. We regularly talk to people on the east coast, even Florida, about vacationing on the Oregon coast. And word is getting out. They’ve heard about the beautiful Manzanita Oregon and want to join the fun.

As Manzanita becomes a more popular destination, the lodging options increase, particularly for Manzanita house rentals. So there are lots of home rentals to choose from.

With growth comes growing pains. My suggestions for vacationers looking to rent a vacation rental? Do your research:

  • Read reviews.
  • Customer service should be great from the very start. A professional, courteous owner or Manzanita house rental agency with usually signal future professional, courteous interactions. Response time to your inquiry can indicate how quickly messages will be answered in the future.
  • Be as clear as possible regarding what you’re looking for. My motto has been “you can always ask.” For instance, just this week I received a request for 30 guests at our Historic Reed House which sleeps 20 guests. And a request to bring a pet to our one pet free house, our Oceanside Modern Cabin. Unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate either of these requests to stay at our rentals, but that clear communication on the part of the potential guests adverted what would ultimately have been a bad fit for our particular homes.
  • Research the owner or Manzanita house rental agency online. Are they professionally involved in any way, featured in an interview, article or blog post? Are they on social media?
  • Trust your gut instinct. Do you really really want to book a particular house but something is giving you a red alert? It’s kind of like that outfit you really love but really isn’t for you. Trust your gut instinct.
  • Check out this blog post offering more great tips from experienced vacation rental owners


First on our list is our own beachfront Manzanita house rentals, The Houses On Manzanita Beach.

You might very well wonder who we are. I’m Kim Bergstrom, and our beachfront rentals on Manzanita beach is an extension of my father’s dream of one day owning a beachfront vacation home. After serving in WWII he attended nearby Pacific University, found his perfect dream spot of his vacation home here in Manzanita and built it in 1960. I grew up spending idyllic weekends and summers running barefoot around the area, solidifying my love of Manzanita.

So much that my husband Eric and I married in our yard on the beach, and later took over the house as my father retired. Wanting to share our wonderful experience with others, we turned our family vacation home into a Manzanita home rental. This was long before VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb, and other megaliths caught the eye of eager vacationers.

Our specialty has grown into remodeling beachfront  Manzanita house rentals to respect and enhance their original intent. Our homes are perfectly located only steps away from the incredible seven mile Manzanita beach, and within walking distance to the charming shops, restaurants, and three grocery stores of Manzanita Oregon.

We’re not an agency, but are owners and proprietors of four incredible beachfront Manzanita rentals, equipped up to 6, 8, 10, or 20 guests. Check availability on our website, or contact us with questions.


There are several Manzanita house rental agencies in town. Since we have our own accommodations, I can’t give you my personal experience. Several have been in business for years, and some come and go. Manzanita Rentals, Sunset Vacation Rentals, and OceanEdge Manzanita Vacation Rentals are amongst the oldest, although OceanEdge Manzanita Vacation Rentals was recently purchased by Sunset Vacation Rentals.

Manzanita Beach Getaway Rentals and Beach Break Vacation Rentals are both fairly new, with Manzanita Beach Getaway Rentals recently relocating from Nehalem to Manzanita, and Beach Break Vacation Rentals still located in Nehalem.

Starfish Luxury Rentals is also fairly new, and not located in the Manzanita area but does list two Manzanita rental houses.

Vacasa has included Manzanita houses in listings and are not located on the coast.

What I can offer is that Manzanita business people are hard-working and trying their best to help, especially in the busy summer season. Be as specific as possible regarding what type of accommodation you’re looking for.


You’re probably already heard of Vacation Rentals By Owners, better known as VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, and more. It seems like more are jumping on the bandwagon on a monthly basis.

Why? Because travelers love staying at vacation rentals when traveling. Many travelers are diehard fans of particular sites which has served them well.

It’s also important to be aware of what you’re being charged to use your favorite site. All of these sites now charge guest fees. Find out more about this on our blog post addressing service fees.

Manzanita Oregon Hotels and Motels

The list of traditional hotel and motel lodging in Manzanita is not large for the simple reason that keeps Manzanita small and charming. There’s a limited amount of land to be developed, situated between Oswald West State Park and Neahkahnie Mountain to the north, and Nehalem Bay State Park to the south.

The offerings in this area are a bit tricky, so we looked up the actual definition of a motel versus a hotel. We went with Quora.com’s definition: Motels have exterior corridors: you can park directly in front of your room (quite often, if you’re on the ground floor, you can park directly in front of your door). Usually.

By that definition, all of the traditional lodging in Manzanita consists of motels. We will list them by location, from beachfront heading east.

Sunset Surf and Ocean Inn at Manzanita are beachfront. Inn at Manzanita and Spindrift Inn are next. San Dune Inn follows, and lastly are the Coast Cabins.

Lots of Manzanita Oregon Lodging Options For Visitors

There are many lodging options for travelers to Manzanita Oregon, from Manzanita House Rentals to traditional style Manzanita Motels and Hotels, and of course Camping – even fun yurts.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our overview. Please do let us know if you have further questions. We’re here to help!

Happy Travels Everyone ~

Thank you for reading our blog about life around our Manzanita area, and the incredible Oregon Coast!