Newport Travel GuideNewport, Oregon is a fairly decent size beach town in Oregon about 3 hours from Portland, Oregon. You can find Newport along the coast in the middle of the state. People have spent their vacation time here since the 1800’s. We spent spring break there one year and did all kinds of fun stuff. Since then we’ve been back a few times for just a night or two.

Newport, Oregon Restaurants

All the food we had in Newport was fantastic. We had no bad meals here!

Le Maison – The best breakfast place in Newport!

Nelscott Cafe – amazing stuffed French toast, killer hamburgers, fried pickles, and much more. We loved this place. 

The Original Mo’s – You can’t visit an Oregon beach and not go to Mo’s for clam chowder. I think the fried clams are quite good too. 

Starfish Grill – Located in the Best Western is Starfish Grill. They have super cheap breakfast. $3 kid meals and $5 specials for adults. The breakfast was excellent. 

Yummy Bowl – We asked a Newport local where we should go it and he directed us to the Yummy Bowl. It was hands down the best food we had while we were in Newport. All the food was good. We went for lunch and the most expensive entree was 6.55. Every day they run a lunch special for $5.50. All of the entrees came with fried rice, wontons, and soup. The portions were massive. We left with tons of leftovers. The staff was nice too.

La Roca – I prefer spicy Mexican food, but despite being un-spicy it was good. The kid meals are large and about 4.95. The lunch menu has lots of choices for 6.95-8.95. We had lunch fajitas for 2 was 16.95. They do not offer free chip refills.

Things to do in Newport, Oregon

Newport offers a lot of various activities, all of which are family friendly. With it sitting right on the coast there are loads of water activities, but only if you can brave the cold water. (I can’t, this Texas gal cannot handle the cold water in Oregon.)

Coast Park – Coast Park is the newest park and best part in Newport, featuring state of the art play equipment, a magnificently detailed shipwreck, and more. Located at 100 SW Coast Street

Devil’s Punchbowl State Park

Oregon Coast Aquarium – This is the best aquarium in Oregon.

OSU Hatfield Science Visitor Center – This place is so cool

Ripley’s Believe It or Not – I’ve heard it’s been updated. Make sure this is true before you go!

Sandcastle Playground – best playground in Lincoln City

Sea lions are downtown. They are fairly easy to find, just ask someone.

Undersea’s Garden – This is one of the weirdest attractions we’ve ever done.

Wax Works

Yaquina Head Lighthouse


Newport Oregon Hotels

We have only stayed at two places in Newport so far, but I will keep adding new ones as we try them.

Best Western at Agate Beach – We stayed here and our room had a mini fridge, coffee maker, and two beds. It’s on the beach and they have an indoor pool. Breakfast is not included, but cheap. They offer a military discount. 

Schooner Landing – We spent a week here and really enjoyed it. It had an on-site playground and fire pit. There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi at the clubhouse.  It’s up above the beach, so just a short walk down and you are on the beach. This is a timeshare so all units have either one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.

What to wear in Newport, Oregon

Recently, I was asked what someone should wear when they visit the Newport. This is kind of a loaded question, because you are at the beach, but you are not necessarily going to dress for the beach! I have an extensive beach packing list that you can print off. I’ll post it below. I also have a general travel packing printable that is super helpful. Click this packing list to print it!

When we went to Newport it was warm, cold, and extremely cold. However, it could get hot too, depending on when you visit. With that in mind, I suggest layers! Lots of layers! I also recommend a windbreaker or rain jacket, and a warm fleece for the evenings. You can pack shorts in hopes of a warmer day, but know you likely won’t need them. You will likely stick to jeans the entire trip. 

A printable Beach Packing List for any beach vacation.