South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon

This large, oceanside state park offers well over 200 sites to choose from! With Pacific Ocean access, this campground is set about 1/4 of a mile inland. A nicely paved bike/walking trails allow easy access to a beautiful beach. We dubbed this campground "Mosquito Alley" and although it offers a spectacular beach for sand and surf play, the campground sits adjacent to a swampy area that breeds mosquitoes. As a result, we could not sit outside and enjoy camp, despite our smoky fire and citronella torches.
Sites are fairly close together and are strikingly similar to each other, no matter
which loop you decide to camp in. Sites in loops A through F offer paved pads, electric hookups, picnic tables and fire pits. Sites here are grassy with partial shade from low coastal trees. Loops H and I offer primitive sites and dirt pads and roads. Yurts are also available for nightly rentals. The campground offers restrooms, showers, playgrounds, day use area and a hospitality center.
If the mosquitoes get to you, the quaint, mosquito-free town of Newport is just over a mile North via the campground's bike path. Here you will find a harbor, an the ORegaon Coast Aquarium, a science center, shops and our favorite, Rogue Brewery. Both evenings we found ourselves at the brewery to not only learn about the brewing process on their brewery tour, but to wash away the woes of "Mosquito Alley."

Best Sites: E16, E20, E22, E25
Poor Sites: None
Hookups: Electric in Loops A-G
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes