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Living the dream in a Pacific Paradise

By Metodi Mladenov

Swelling and recessing four times a day according to the rhythms of the moon, the Pacific Ocean breaks on the shores of five separate continents, but you can hardly find place so beautiful like Cannon Beach. With panoramic views of Haystack Rock, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and Silver Point, the sandy beach provides the setting for romantic strolls, family fun and outdoor adventure.

The town was named after a cannon found on the beach in 1922. The cannon were washed ashore due to the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark trying to leave Columbia River. Currently around 1600 people live in the town but it is the favorite place for many more in Northwest.

Although there are numerous hotels in Cannon Beach the best way to enjoy its spirit is to rent an ocean front house. Having your own privacy and the direct beach access will make your vacation more than pleasant. You can toast marshmallows around a cracking beach fire, fly a kite or simply sit back on the deck and enjoy the remarkable scenery. If you take a look at some of the vacation rental web sites like TravelWeaver you will find lot of these.

Cannon Beach is also known for its reputation for art. More than 20 art galleries feature the work of coastal artists as well as original work by nationally recognized artists. In addition Cannon Beach is home to performing arts, live theater, music festivals and literary arts. Attending a workshop will not only improve your skills in writing, painting or photography but will be useful and relaxing way to spend your time.

Cannon Beach is also an excellent place for the outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, fishing or horseback riding can open new horizons for you. Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park offer one of the best rainforest hikes in the region. For biking fans the Oregon Coast Bike Trail along Highway 101 offers fabulous views of the entire Oregon coast the best of which is south of Cannon Beach to Arcadia Beach or Hug Point. There are also several family friendly trails around where the whole family can enjoy the nature.

One of the favorite outdoor activities in Cannon Beach is horseback riding. Offered by one of the oldest businesses in the town, Sea Ranch Stable, which operates since 1927, horses and guided rides are available between mid-May and Labor Day. You can enjoy the historic Ecola Creek or the stunning views of Chapman Point and Haystack Rock. At a minus low tide night rides to Silver Point will take your breath.

For the young people Cannon Beach is just 7 miles away from Seaside. Surfing there provides thrill seekers unique connection with the power of nature while the three rivers offer enjoyment for touring kayaks, canoes and paddle boats. Lot of cafes and restaurants as well as the shopping experience and attractions in Seaside Carousel Mall add to the live of the city.

If you ever consider visiting the West Coast and want to experience the beauty of Oregon you must visit Cannon Beach you will live your dream in this Pacific Paradise.
About the Author Metodi Mladenov writes about various topics like travel, real estate and investing. Visit his blogs to read more. He is also advisor at

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