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Portland, Oregon, is host to a wide range of activities. Among the most popular are its many beaches. With surf, sand, and sun, not to mention the shops, food, and entertainment, Portland’s beaches are sure to delight.

1. Manzanita

White-sand beaches and an easygoing atmosphere await visitors to Manzanita. Tucked at Neahkahnie Mountain’s foot, this village offers amazing views, great food, and loads of activities. Hike up mountain trails, kayak in nearby Wheeler Marine, or surf the Short Sand Beach waves.

2. Collins Beach & Walton Beach

Framing the popular Sauvie Island lie the sand and surf of Collins and Walton beaches. For the more adventurous, head to the northern end, where Collins Beach offers outfit optional excitement. Those wishing for a more conservative sunbathing experience can head to Walton Beach, located on the island’s east side.

3. Cannon Beach

Premier Cannon Beach is a magnet for visitors. The streets are lined with fancy hotels, art galleries, and charming boutiques. Photo-ops await at offshore Haystack Rock and along the miles of sandy beaches.

4. Seaside

For a good time, look no further than the boardwalks of Seaside. Arcades, shops, food, and fun bring in a spectrum of visitors from young travelers to family vacationers. Surfers flock to the beaches of nearby Indian Beach and Short Sands Beach. August hosts the world’s biggest amateur beach-volleyball tournament and the Hood to Coast Relay.

5. Astoria

Luxurious restaurants and hotels line this harbor town located at the mouth of the Columbia River. Astoria offers historic houses, a film museum, and an ocean experience that doesn’t include a day in the sand for those looking for a quaint atmosphere.

6. Yachats

Nestled at the foot of Cape Perpetua lies the quiet town of Yachats. Here, the breathtaking landscape rules. Visitors can stroll the 804 Coast Trail enjoying the ocean vista and tide pool views. Sea lions and starfish inhabit secluded beaches.

7. Newport

The commercial fishing town of Newport is a great vacation destination. The city offers a plethora of activities, from its first-rate aquarium to welcoming beaches to art galleries. Surfers flock here to take the waves at Agate Beach and Otter Rock.