The coastal part of Newport is known as the Parrog.
The houses along the sea front, to the west of the old port area and date back to the end of the 19th Century when Newport was an important trading harbour. Many fine sailing ships docked here and were also built here. Some of these ships have been recorded as taking early settlers to North America.
The houses along the harbour wall vary in style and size considerably. Changes in architecture and particularly in the size of the houses probably reflect the changes in prosperity of the port at different times.
The houses are now mostly colour washed, making this area of the town very picturesque and attractive, but during the 19th century many would have been public houses and rum houses that only opened when ships were docked.
Newport Parrog and Newport Sands are separated by the estuary and the river Nevern (Nyfer in Welsh).
The beach is tidal and there is only a small amount of sand at high tide. There is a slipway for boat launching and a boat club has been established at the far end of the car park in one of the old warehouses.
This area is very popular in the evening when you can sit and enjoy wonderful sunsets over the whole of Newport bay, west to Dinas head and north to Morfa head.
The northern side off the estuary is Newport beach (Traeth mawr in Welsh), this is approximately a mile of sandy beach at low tide, it is fantastic long stretch which sweeps around and up the estuary as well as fronting Newport bay. This beach is maintained by Newport Links Golf Club, it has a surf lifesaving hut which is manned during the summer months. It is also quite unique in that it still allows cars to park on part of the beach, which helps make a family picnic at the seaside very easy to organize. There is also a good sized car park just above the beach and the Coastal bus service the Poppit rocket uses this as one of its designated stopping points.
There is now (as of early 2015) a slighly confusing payment system for parking in the carpark or on the beach - basically if you want to park on the beach you pay a representative of the golf course and if you want to park in the car park you pay a representative of the Pembrokeshire National Park, prices are different for each!
The views from both beaches are stunning. Newport bay is often a popular place for the dolphins and porpoise to play in the relative shelter of both headlands.