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“Nice beach! Fun visit!”

South Beach State Park
Ranked #9 of 54 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

This beach was easily accessible. It was HUGE! We all had fun looking for sand dollars, sea shells, sand crabs, and even an occasional jelly fish on shore. Watching the surfers was great fun for us Midwestern folks. There is even an area of the beach where horses are allowed. We LOVE this beach!

Thank 229natashav
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"great campground"
in 14 reviews
"bathrooms were clean"
in 9 reviews
"camping area"
in 6 reviews
"dump station"
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"camping trip"
in 6 reviews
"stayed nights"
in 4 reviews
"tent sites"
in 3 reviews
"fog horn"
in 7 reviews
"free coffee"
in 4 reviews
"miles and miles"
in 3 reviews
"sand dunes"
in 6 reviews
"rode our bikes"
in 3 reviews
"welcome center"
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"great beach"
in 8 reviews
"rogue brewery"
in 6 reviews
"beach access"
in 5 reviews
"oregon coast"
in 12 reviews

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Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We were only here for a nights stay in a yurt. The yurt was great the bathrooms were your typical koa type bathrooms with 4-5 toilet stalls, and separate room with 4 showers that had two dials. One for hot and one for cold and then in the shower stalls was a bench to put your clothes on. The park appeared upkept and the yurt sported a small heater, full bed with twin bunk bed overtop of it and a futon that folded down into another bed. You must bring your own bedding because this is not provided. We brought sleeping bags and pillows and had no problems. It also had a wooden table with 2 wooden chairs a shelf and a mirror. It also had working lights and a broom to sweep it out. The yurts are close together and so you must like people to camp here because you can hear your neighbors. Also all day and night a horn by the beach goes off every 5-10 seconds non stop. This didn't bother me but if you're a light sleeper bring ear plugs. Firewood is sold at this camping area for about 5 dollars for 4 logs and there is fire pits at all camp sights. Overall had a great stay here for one night.

2  Thank Lysh T
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Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Whether you like surfing, beachcombing, wading in the waves, climbing mini dunes, kite flying...this beach is for you. My dog loved running into the water here as the waves are not threatening. While you should always be leashed, here you can be a bit flexible as long as your dog responds to you. Lots of surfers...fun to watch...climb the rocky area to see the Newport bridge...walk the various trails thru the sand and woods...fun place for a free good time

Thank Josh W
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

On our first camping trip to the Oregon coast we decided to try South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon. Neither my husband or I had been there before and weren't sure what to expect. We stayed 3 nights. We loved so many things about this park. There were only a few negatives.

The Good
1. The sites were spacious and had long RV pads. There were plenty of places to put a tent. The sites were clean and well maintained. We rode our bikes through the rest of the park and didn't see any loops that were bad, some just offered different amenities like a playground, or closer to a path to the beach.
2. The bathrooms were some of the best we've seen at any campground. They were located in the middle of the loops and close to almost all sites. We never had to wait to use the shower and they even had a special needs restroom/shower.
3. Each site offered water and electric hookups. There are no full hook-up sites at this campground, except for the Camp Host sites. However, there are gray water drains that you can use close to most of the bathrooms. We used a bucket and emptied off some of our gray water that way.
4. The trail to the beach was AMAZING! We had one very close to our site and it was a short 1/4 mile paved trail directly to the beach. We rode our bikes and locked them up in the bike racks next to the beach access. It would also be a very easy walk with no hills and a great view of trees and plants along the way. My husband took off for a long ride on his bike and says if you like to ride, this is a great place to go!
5. There are many different kinds of activities for all ages. There is a Jr. Ranger program, interpretive center, Frisbee golf, great trails for bike riding or hiking, multiple playground structures, very close to the Newport Aquarium and much, much more!
6. The beach was perfection. Soft, clean, beautiful sand. Great views. Very little wind, no rocks. A+ Oregon coast beach!

The Bad
1. The dump station was available and free but at least a 45+ minute wait each time we drove by. There were probably 6-10 RV's waiting in line always. They really need to add another dump station or two. There is room to do it!
2. Lots, and lots of people. This was a very large campground. We were laughing when we saw there are loops A-I. That's 9 (!!!!) loops throughout the campground. I have never stayed in a campground this large.
3. There aren't a lot of trees within the campground. It's pretty open and not a lot of privacy, no matter which loop you are in.
4. Full hook-ups would really add a lot to this park for RV campers. We didn't want to break everything down, go dump and set back up again. So that limited us to about 3 days max.

The Ugly
Nothing ugly!

Overall, and after consulting with my better half, we have decided to give this campground an A-. We really did enjoy ourselves. Riding to the beach and playing multiple times a day was just perfect. Having access to restaurants, crabbing and other activities was great. It wasn't quite "camping" but it was a very cheap place to stay on the Oregon coast and better than a hotel!

3  Thank KevinandKelin
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have stayed here in my camper truck over 10 times. I love it! Yes it's huge and there will be people camping right next to you....it's an RV/camp park. But, like most who visit the Oregon coast, you don't hang out in your camp all day...you explore! Summer months are going to be very busy so be prepared and make a reservation EARLY, like 3 months early if you want a spot that is more secluded. There are some awesome spots in that park.

1. Affordable and you get hook ups, clean bathrooms and showers included in the price! No carrying quarters to the shower and hoping you don't space out under the hot water and have to run back to camp.

2. Nice camp hosts who have lots of activities for adults and kids on nature, the ocean, environment, etc.

3. Access to a long strip of beach where you can spend the entire day. Be prepared to walk about 3/4, partly on pavement and part sand. Dogs are always off leash when you get to the beach area and there is lots of room to run either to the Jetty or far down the beach to the left.

4. Trails to Newport are abundant. A paved trail for wheelchairs, bikes, skateboards that is 1.1 miles to the Aquarium, Rogue Brewery and the fishing pier. Or you can take a sand trail or just walk the beach to the jetty and turn right.

5. They have yurts too but they reserve fast so call ahead if you want one.

1. I don't have any about the facilities. They would only be about people who expect more from their camping experience. Some people are meant to stay in motel/hotels and they should. There are plenty of dog friendly ones as well.

I love this place!

1  Thank LIVIN
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