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Newport or Yachats?

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Newport or Yachats?

We will be traveling to the Central Oregon Coast next July. It wiil be my hubby, myself, kids aged 4 & 8 and my parents who are in their late sixties. I've been doing a lot of reading about the area and I've decided either Newport or Yachats would be a good home base for our week-long trip, but can't decide between the two. This is what we are interested in doing: the kids- sandy beach, visiting the aquariums and tidepooling, me- hiking through old growth forest, my mom- maybe whale watching and shopping/ eating at nice restaurants. My husband and dad aren't too picky as long as the ocean is close. I think we'd stay within a 30 mile radius of the town we stay in. Would you recommend one over the other? I'd really appreciate any advice! Thanks!

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1. Re: Newport or Yachats?

I think the kids rule, Newport. Much more to see/to do, more selection of lodging and dining. Better and more diverse for the adults as well, with several places worth more than one visit. We usually stay in Yachats, but Newport this past month, and enjoyed proximity to things. Newport is central, so you can stay there and minimize driving rather than within 30 miles.

Yachats and Cape Perpetua, truly interesting and beautiful, (and for that matter, Florence) are not that distant for visits. Newport to Florence, perhaps 1.5 hours on a leisurely drive.

Oregon Coast See Florence features on this site as well.

http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net/

Newport, OR

http://discovernewport.com/

www.aquarium.org Also, see the Hatfield Marine Science Center, same location.

Yachats/Cape Perpetua

fs.fed.us/r6/…

Yachats, OR (La Di Da)

http://www.el.com/to/yachats/

http://www.yachats.org/events.html

Edited: 01 October 2011, 15:49
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2. Re: Newport or Yachats?

voyaging gave some good info!!

Yachats is so much more scenic, it would be my choice however. It also would make it a bit easier to travel and explore south as it is roughly halfway between Newport and Florence.

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3. Re: Newport or Yachats?

i would also opt for Newport, but include a day trip to Yachats, Cape Perpetua and, maybe, to Florence for a dune buggy ride.

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4. Re: Newport or Yachats?

It has been several years since visiting Yaquina Bay State Park and we enjoyed, once again, the tide pools and, in this instance, viewing gray whales. Nice trails.

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_208.php

Will write favorable review for the Chowder Bowl (the clam chowder, fish and chips and the deep fried oysters and chips). It's in Nye Beach part of Newport, a bit on the funky and fun side, by that's why we like, also, Yachats and, among others, the Drift Inn.

Saffron Salmon was nice but not special, and their "potato frites" were not very potato-y and definitely limp-y. :)

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5. Re: Newport or Yachats?

Sure agree with your group Newport is best. A lot more to do there. Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Historic Bayfront. Two lighthouses. Plus I think better for close by beaches.

You can do all those from Yachats, but 24 miles Yachats to Newport. Florence and dunes are closer from Yachats. But Depoe Bay is further also a nice visit

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6. Re: Newport or Yachats?

Big difference between the two towns. Newport is about 10,000 population, the county seat, with all the services / amenities you might expect in a town that is one of the largest along the entire coast. It also has traffic. A lot in summer.

Yachats is teeny (pop about 700) with a few restaurants, one small grocery store and a few other businesses. Very scenic, but also much quieter.

For a big long, wide beach Newport would be better, as well as for greater selection of restaurants, all kinds of shopping and many more attractions. Hiking? Yachats, no question.

However, keep in mind that the two are only about 30-35 minutes apart, along a good, straight, flat highway. Many people live in Yachats (and Waldport) and commute to work Newport.

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7. Re: Newport or Yachats?

I'll second voyaging's suggestion of Yaquina Bay State Park, it was a fun place to visit. We were fortunate to meet one of the park rangers in the tide pools and they gave us some great info. Here's our pictures from the central coast in early August.

https:/…

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8. Re: Newport or Yachats?

Newport for more family friendly activities. Both of course are nice. But as amother of a 8 year old son, my first pick would be Newport.

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9. Re: Newport or Yachats?

Thank you so much to everyone for all of your comments!

@voyaging- Thank you for all of the additional information

@relayer- Thanks for sharing your photos!

To be fair, I'm going to see if anyone posted on the Yachats board, but at this point Newport seems as if it will better fit our family.

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