Agate Beach Newport Oregon Coast

• Agate Beach, together with Nye Beach, creates nearly 5 miles of shoreline
• Yaquina Head Lighthouse is right next door and you can see it from the beach

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Agate Beach is a sandy shoreline extending from Yaquina Head in the north to Nye Beach in the south. It is about 2 miles long, and together with Nye Beach, it creates about 5 miles of uninterrupted shoreline.

The extended beach is an excellent place for walking, fat tire biking, jogging, fishing, surfing, rockhounding, beachcombing, clamming, and other adventures.


Agate Beach is an excellent surfing spot. The best surf breaks are at the northern tip of the beach. Most surfers use the rip current near Yaquina Head for swift access to the waves.

Additionally, this headland acts as a barrier against the strong north winds typical for the area.

Fishing and Clamming

Agate Beach is a popular surf fishing spot for redtail surfperch. The best time to catch it is around sunrise, especially on an incoming tide.

Additionally, the beach attracts clamming enthusiasts for a chance to find Razor clams.

Agate Beach Newport Oregon Coast

Rockhounding and Beachcombing

As the name suggests, Agate Beach is the spot for agate hunting. Well, not really. While you can find some collectible rocks here, this is a sandy beach; therefore, much of the minerals hide under a thick layer of sand.

The best time to find agates, petrified wood, and other cool rocks is during winter after powerful storms, when the layers of sand are moved, revealing a hidden treasure.

Beachcombing, on the other hand, can be enjoyable year-round. Agate Beach and Nye Beach offer close to 5 miles of uninterrupted shoreline to explore.

Agate Beach Newport Oregon Coast

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Oregon CoastThis is the tallest and one of the oldest active lighthouses. You can see it right from Agate Beach, and you can visit it too. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is open for tours, where you can learn its rich history, legends, and ghost stories.



Newport - Bay Area OregonNewport is the largest city on the Central Oregon Coast. It is home to the historic Bayfront, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Bay Bridge, and other notable places and landmarks.

From Agate Beach, you can walk along the coast to the north, reach Newport's Nye Beach, and reach the city's oceanfront.

Nearby Newport has plenty of places to stay. This historic district is Newport's oceanfront resort area, rich in heritage and charm. It is also home to various eateries, including seafood restaurants, bars, art galleries, and souvenir shops.


Agate Beach: Lodging & Vacation Rentals

Newport has a massive selection of hotels and rentals. You can find luxurious resorts, simple stays, and everything in between here.

Lodging in Newport

Affordable vacation rentals at Agate Beach

Agate Beach | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: Oregon State Parks

Amenities: Restrooms
Activities: Hiking, beachcombing, kite-flying, fat biking, sandcastle building, picnicking, scenic viewpoints, jogging, fishing, surfing, rockhounding, clamming

Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Allowed

Agate Beach is located:

  • 82 miles southwest of Salem
  • 97 miles northwest of Eugene
  • 134 miles southwest of Portland.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Agate Beach

From Highway-101 in Newport,

  • Take US-101 North
  • Turn left onto NW 25th Street and follow it for 0.2 miles
  • Turn right onto NW Oceanview Drive and follow it for 0.3 miles
  • Turn right onto Agate Beach State Wayside.

Park your vehicle and walk through the tunnel to Agate Beach under the old Highway 101/NW Oceanview Dr.

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Attention, Fellow Beachgoers!

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