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Newport is a coastal town that offers a wide variety of activities combined with beautiful Oregon coast beaches and magnificent views. This charming town sits on the mouth of Yaquina Bay and is an active fishing village. Many local restaurants serve seafood that is fresh from the wharf, and boutique shopping opportunities and art galleries will make your visit a memorable one. Your vacation house, condo or townhome will include amenities such as Internet access, an outdoor grill and satellite or cable TV.
Yaquina Bay flows into the Pacific Ocean, and Newport sits on the junction of these two bodies of water. Views in every direction and multiple beaches make Newport a scenic destination in coastal Oregon. Crashing waves and sandy beaches are fun for romantic walks, kite flying and beachcombing exploration.Lighthouses
Newport is home to two lighthouses, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Both were built in the 1870s and sit on cliffs above the beach in natural areas. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located in the town of Newport at the Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site, and it is the second oldest structure on the Oregon coast. The lighthouse at Yaquina Head is just north of the town, and it is Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at 93 feet in height. Both lighthouses are available for tours and they are popular destinations for tourists and photographers.
Newport has a working bayfront for commercial fisherman. The air is filled with the smell of fish as the catch is unloaded on the docks. Shops, restaurants and art galleries line the bay to make this an enjoyable area to browse, walk and watch the fishing fleet. Curiosities and small museums will entertain children while enjoying the charm and amenities the bayfront has to offer.Nye Beach
Nye Beach is another historic area of Newport that sits on the ocean beach beyond the bay. Galleries, boutique shops and restaurants make this a popular destination with nearby beach access for a stroll in the surf. Nye Beach is a center for the arts, as it is the home of the Newport Performing Arts and Visual Arts Center. The sun sets over the ocean’s horizon, and Nye Beach is a wonderful place to relax and watch the beautiful colors of the sky and the foamy waves of the ocean.
Newport is home to two aquarium facilities. The Oregon Coast Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals and is famous for being the former home of Keiko, the orca who starred in the movie “Free Willy.” This commercial aquarium has education exhibits and is open for guided and unguided tours. Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center includes exhibits, displays and information about marine science. Exhibit tanks and lab tours will introduce you to the field of marine mammal and fish research in Oregon.
The weather in Newport tends to be rainy and windy during all times of the year. It is a wonderful environment for exploring the beach or flying a kite, and the weather is only rarely hot in the summer. Winters are also warm, with frost, ice or snow being a very unusual occurrence along the Oregon coast. A windproof, waterproof jacket and sturdy, waterproof shoes will be a good choice for hiking and beachcombing in the area.
The Oregon coast is a fairly remote area with very few services. Small private airports may be an option for a charter plane, but most visitors fly into Portland International Airport which is a three-hour drive from Newport. A private or rental car is the best way to explore Newport and the rest of the coast. Commercial bus service is also available to the Newport area.