My husband and I drove to Pacific City, OR from Portland. It took around two hours as a good part of the journey was not on major highways. We had picked this spot out because of Pelican Brewing Company which is located right on the beach. Our plan was to go here for a couple beers then drive north to the more well known Cannon Beach. We ended up staying at Pacific City and really enjoyed it. From the massive Sand dune that could be climbed (truly an exhilarating experience), to the great beers on the beach (they have a haystack rock here too), to a campfire and cigar on the beach as he sunset (firewood was sourced across the street for $8) it was just an awesome experience. What a great location for a brewery that served some really good beers. We each had two drafts then took a large bottle to go so we could drink by our fire. This beach isn't necessarily a Florida beach in that when we visited it wasn't quite warm enough for a bathing suit (Memorial Day weekend), but luckily Pelican had some great merchandise and we bought a nice hoodie to wear while sitting by the fire and enjoying the great scene in pacific city.