For over 100 years, people from Portland and the Willamette Valley have been coming to Nye Beach in search of solace from the Pacific Ocean.In times past, cottages were built where women and children would spend their summers while the men of their families joined them for the weekend excursions in the beautiful Nye Creek area. In 1891, a boardwalk was built connecting the Nye Creek to the Newport Bayfront.
Early on Nye Beach became a popular location for summer college classes which were held in a specially-built auditorium. In 1902, Dr. Minthorn (stepfather of President Herbert Hoover) built a sanitorium east of what is now the Sylvia Beach Hotel. The sanitorium offered hot sea water baths and small dressing rooms for changing from street clothes before dip in the surf.
A favorite place in Nye Beach during the early 1900s was the Natatorium, a public salt water pluge. Today that location is a free parking lot at the Nye Beach Turnaround.
During WWII, patriots with rifles and dogs patrolled the beach area to keep the country safe from invasion.
These days beach visitors enjoy kite flying, surfing clamming, beach combing, tide pooling, photography, bonfires, family fun, and five miles perfect for beach walking.
Long cherished as a sanctuary from big city pressures, Nye Beach continues to soothe and charm visitors.
Today, as a century ago, this colorful seaside community retains tradtional charm and beauty in its friendly community of shops, services, and guest accommodations.
Home of Newport's Performing Arts Center and Visual Art's Center, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Yaquina Art Association, and Writers on the Edge, the Nye Beach community sustains a determined focus on the arts. Read More:
Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon
Parking lot is located off of NW Beach Dr.
On the beach.
Glass is a possible thing found on beaches.
If available, please bring:
Reusable water bottle, warm clothes, rain gear, and a recycled box or bag to collect beach debris.
Note: We do not use plastic bags to cleanup beaches.
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