A picturesque entrance to a beautiful Oregon beach, Nye Beach is a lovely little historic district in the center of Newport, Oregon. The open, sandy beaches are on the doorstep of this little district just off Hwy 101. Filled with specialty shops, vacation rentals, and restaurants, the area is a perfect weekend getaway for the out-of-town visitor. Known for being an artistic, casual, and slightly offbeat area with plenty of character, the area is home to the historic Sylvia Beach Hotel, the Nye Beach Book House, the Newport Visual Arts Center, Yaquina Arts Gallery, and Nana’s Irish Pub among many others.
The area is named after John Nye, a pioneer who came west with a team of oxen in 1859. When the US Government opened up the coastal area to homesteaders in 1866, he claimed the semi wilderness 160 acre area around what was known as Nye Creek. He later sold it in 1880 to Sam Irvin, a developer who saw it’s potential and began to promote Newport tourism.
Whether you come for a day-trip, a weekend getaway, or a week-long full on vacation, you are sure to enjoy your time at Nye Beach. Come for the shopping or the tidepools, the clam chowder or the surfing, the gift shops or the kite flying. You will have a great time any time of year!