South Beach is a picturesque small beach town on the coast of Yaquina Bay, a few miles away from Newport. There are many amazing things to do and amenities to enjoy in South Beach, making it popular with families looking to have a calm getaway while still being close to a large city. South Beach boasts a wide range of outdoor activities, trails, water sports, and marine life for travelers interested in nature. There is also a great selection of museums, art galleries, historical landmarks, and restaurants here. The South Beach coast is particularly beautiful, with the tall grass beaches and soft white sand creating a paradise feel
The top things to do in South Beach include the amazing beach amenities and the outdoor activities. Walk down the beachfront where visitors can go swimming, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and on boat rides too. On some sunny days, it's even possible to see sea lions enjoying the sunshine on the rocks.
The Oregon Coast is a scenic area with the most amazing sunsets and places to hike. Go on a marine discovery tour and check out the migrating whales and sea lions swimming in the waters. For an unique nature formation, the famous Devil’s Punchbowl State Nature Area is a must-see. The area got its name from the bowl-like formation on the coast and is a popular spot with photographers. Elsewhere, Mike Miller Park is wonderful for hiking, boasting year-round stunning nature. South Beach State Park is additionally ideal for picnics, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and hiking.
If you prefer to explore on four wheels, Otter Crest Loop is a scenic drive for the whole family. The views of the coast are especially mesmerizing on this route, and from May to October, passengers can see whales swimming from their car window.
For a fun day out, visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium to learn all about marine life, sea creatures, and the importance of the ocean preservation. It's a great spot for families, as there's something to entertain adults and children alike. Similarly, the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is brilliant to see wildlife or head up Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, based in the middle of marshland, the views from the top are breathtaking. There's also a tour visitors can attend which is lead by the various lighthouse keeper dressed in historical outfits.
South Beach is a small beach town so the best areas to stay are around the beach front where guests can enjoy the gorgeous ocean view and amazing sunsets. There are plenty of great vacation rental properties on the beach or near to the beach, and most of these are also close to small cafes and diners. Why not choose a cute vacation house, fully equipped, or a large vacation beach house for your group of friends in South Beach? It's the perfect home away from home.
In South Beach, summers are not too hot and see a little rain. The best time to visit is August when the weather is the warmest and there's the least rainfall. From June until November, the average temperature is 63 degrees and falls to around 50 degrees in the rest of the year.