NEWPORT'S BAY FRONT. Prefer the bustle of a working port, where forklifts with crates of fresh crab share Bay Blvd with tourists shopping and dining? Welcome to Newport's other walkable neighborhood, a unique locale on Oregon's Central Coast that's a major fishing center with interesting shops and galleries and a variety of restaurants. It's also a hub of oceanographic research, the home port for NOAA's Pacific Fleet and the Oregon State University school of Oceanography. View a MAP of homes around Newport's bay front.