Explore this exquisite beach near Newport.
The Devil’s Punchbowl is about fifteen minutes south of Newport, OR. There is a small parking lot that can fit about fifteen cars. A small bathroom facility can be used here throughout the year, but please take your trash with you and leave no trace. If you go up the hill to the donut-like rock formation, you can see the waves splash through during high tide. Down the staircase lies a smooth coastal strip with a great surfing cove. Wetsuits are strongly recommended year-round along this part of the Pacific coast. During the day, mild tides come through to help surfers enjoy a ride on the short waves. This area can also be enjoyable for children under the watchful eye of an adult. The cove also has areas providing easy rock climbing experiences.
Yaquina lighthouse can be seen down the beach; however, it is an 8-mile walk to get there, so it does take a while to actually reach the lighthouse. Crab shells, sand dollars, and short streams can be found along this strip of beach. Look for the tidepools on the Northside of the punchbowl to see some neat sea creatures. Since the area doesn’t tend to draw large crowds, many dog owners feel comfortable allowing their pets off their leashes. Bonfires are allowed on the beach, but please extinguish them properly before you leave. If you come in time to watch the sunset, take a picture while on top of the Devil’s Punchbowl. This a beautiful spot to visit during a road trip through Oregon.