Seaside, Oregon is the closest major coastal city to the Portland area. NWcoast.com includes Gearhart information along with Seaside as it is just two miles North.
Seaside is a very popular destination on the Oregon Coast for a number of reasons: there are very nice accommodations, terrific beaches, and some exciting events throughout the year. The kids will love the Seaside Aquarium, and parents will love visiting Ecola State Park (south side of Seaside, Oregon) for a picnic, some pictures, and a nice walk.
Visit Seaside during the summer and attend the beach volley ball tournament or the famous Hood-to-Coast Relay. During the winter, enjoy a terrific atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and accommodations at discounted rates. No matter when you come to Seaside you are certain to have a memorable time.