I'm newer to the Oregon Coast and I'm looking for opinions on the best weekend beach spots. I've done the Cannon Beach thing, and I'm looking for a similar experience in a quieter, cheaper area. I think I've narrowed it down to Manzanita or Rockaway Beach. Any info from those who know the areas would be helpful, or if anyone wants to reccommend a different area on the North Coast that would be great too.
I'm on a budget, but my only requirement is that I NEED to fall asleep while listening to the waves. My ideal itinerary (2 days) would involve hanging out on the beach, going for a short hike, visitng a local art gallery/strolling through town, and dining-out at the end of the day. I don't need any trendy shops but I'd like some sort of civilization. I'm up for any suggestions for which places would be best suited for this, particularly Manzanita vs. Rockaway. Any info on good hotels/motels (pet friendly), or any beach camping in the area would be appreciated.