Newport's beaches (see Beach Access) are as varied as our city. There's the unique beauty and sound of Cobble Beach, the secluded dunes of South Beach, the art and history of Nye Beach, and the miles of unspoiled sand at Agate Beach. If you like beaches, you'll find one to call your own at Newport.
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Of all the great beaches in Newport, Cobble Beach definitely stands apart. Located at the Yaquina Head Natural Outstanding Area, Cobble Beach offers an experience like few other beaches on Earth. And despite what you might have heard, we do not check the cobbles daily for roundness. It's weekly.
Newport's first resort area dates from 1866. Experience the charm of an historic oceanfront neighborhood offering a variety of lodging options, fabulous restaurants, gift shops, galleries, services and the performing arts. This pedestrian friendly neighborhood has ample oceanfront parking and provides easy handicapped access to "The Most Romantic Beach" according to Sunset magazine.
Located just two miles south of Newport, South Beach State Park offers long, wide stretches of sand perfect for kite-flying and building sand castles away from the crowds. The park is also a full-service campground with electrical hookups and a large selection of yurts. There's an interpretive center, meeting hall, gift shop and miles of biking/pedestrian trails.
One mile North of Newport, Agate Beach is a popular destination for surfers and is reached by walking through a tunnel. Farmers once lead their cattle through this tunnel for a taste of sea salt.
Three miles north of Newport, windswept and wave-pounded Yaquina Head offers visitors trails, interpretive centers and the state's tallest lighthouse. Protected tidepools await down steps that access Cobble Beach. Yaquina Head also has one of the first wheelchair accessible human constructed tidepools in the world at Quarry Cove, a former quarry transformed by the Bureau of Land Management. Trails include the half-mile long Yaquina Head Summit Trail and the quarter mile Quarry Cove Tidepools Trail.
Seven miles north of Newport, Beverly Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach that runs from Yaquina Head to the headlands of Otter Rock. The park also offers plenty of camping sites, plus 21 yurts for overnight stays. Adjoining Beverly Beach State Park is Moolack Beach, a favorite for surfing as well as kite-flying and general beach fun. Yaquina Head and the lighthouse can be seen in the distance.
See Harvest Restrictions for various marine reserves along the Oregon coast.