The small community of South Beach, tucked away on the south side of Yaquina Bay, is only two miles from all the action in Newport's bustling bayfront, but far enough away that an Oregon Coast vacation rental in South Beach offers plenty of peace and quiet. Outdoor activities are plentiful here, with South Beach State Park boasting miles of hiking trails, sandy beaches, and kayak tours of the Beaver Creek area, as well as being a popular spot for water sports like fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing. With its close proximity to Newport, you'll find spending an afternoon with sharks and puffins at the Oregon Coast Aquarium or having a couple of pints at Rogue Ales Public House, both within a five minute drive. The bayfront area also has a number of galleries, small shops, and interesting places to explore and peruse. Deciding on your next meal will be no problem here! South Beach Fish Market has both seafood to take back and prepare at home and fish and chips made to order at the market. And, another scenic trip across the Yaquina Bridge will provide even more dining choices. Visit Local Ocean for Grilled Calamari and Crab Po' Boys or Panini Bakery in historic Nye Beach for coffee drinks, pastries, and take-out pizzas later in the day to bring back and enjoying at your South Beach vacation rental. Head south about eight miles and you will end up at breathtaking Seal Rock for a morning of tide pool exploring, sketching, bird watching, or just walking along the sandy, rocky shore at the Seal Rock State Recreation Site. Closer to home, there's also the family friendly Mike Miller Park Educational Trail, a forty acre park and trail lined with Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Coastal Pine trees. Only two and a half hours from Portland, a South Beach vacation rental offers peace and relaxation, but still close to all of Newport's fun activities. In addition, South Beach is a great home base for a number of Central Oregon's top attractions. Within an hour's drive are: the casinos and beaches at Lincoln City, whale watching in Depoe Bay, and exploring the charming downtown of Florence. Of course, your favorite activity of all may just be relaxing inside your cozy South Beach vacation home with a warm, toasty fire and a good beach read!