Agate Beach Oregon takes its name from the translucent gemstones that wash up on the shore. Carved over time by the forces of the ocean, these shiny stones are prized by beachcombers. People also flock to Agate Beach State Park to search for razor clams—although the season for clams is much shorter than the agate […]
Newport Oregon has a lot to like—scenic beaches, a thriving arts scene, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium are just beginning. Nestled on the Central Coast along the famed Highway 101, the scenic town is 130 miles from the Portland Airport, an easy and pleasant drive. Wherever your starting point, once you arrive in Newport Oregon, you’ll be treated to a seaside getaway sure to delight.
Like most Oregon beaches, the ones on Newport Oregon are free to enjoy. One of the top beaches, Agate Beach, takes its name from the translucent stones often found by beachcombers. A tunnel leads right to the ocean, providing access to this beautiful beach. Nye Beach is another favorite. The city’s first resort district is home to tiny cottages and sprawling vacation rentals. To the south of the beach, you’ll find the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, open for tours and a favorite of photographers.
Not far away, across the Yaquina Bay Bridge, you’ll find the South Beach District in Newport OR. A walking trail hugs the bay, leading to the Hatfield Marine Science Center, part of Oregon State University. Visitors can view exhibits and shop the gift store. A host of public programs are presented throughout the year. South Beach also is the home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. More than 15,000 marine animals are found in its fascinating exhibits that detail life in Pacific Ocean. The exhibit with the sea lions and harbor seals consistently charms visitors.
Along with some of the best Oregon beaches, Newport has a strong tourism infrastructure with an abundance of shopping, dining, and lodging options. The Art Deco district, a longtime favorite, is being updated and transformed into a chic shopping and dining area. The shopping district surrounding the aquarium has some one-of-a-kind souvenir shops and cool art, all in a family-friendly atmosphere. The accommodations in Newport are a mix of familiar names and locally owned inns.
Newport Oregon beaches, a collection of city beaches and state parks, wind for miles along the Pacific Ocean. This city, home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, has a long list of things to like about it. The shoreline restaurants serve fresh seafood, and the shops carry one-of-a-kind gifts not found elsewhere. Just steps away from […]