Newport Beach, CA

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Newport Beach which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes

This chic, oceanfront community is famous for its beautiful surf, views and homes.

Before a railway started bringing beachgoers here in 1905, this stretch of coastline was dismissed as unusable. Today it’s one of the jewels of Orange County.

A magnet for water-sport enthusiasts, the waves here are busy with body boarders and surfers. The most famous spot at the eastern end of Balboa Peninsula is dubbed The Wedge due to its monstrous summer waves. The gentler waters of Newport Harbor are dotted with sailboats, paddleboards and kayaks. You can even rent a gondola for a romantic, guided harbor cruise. The waterway is also home to one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. West Coast. More than 9,000 boats are permanently docked in the 21-square-mile (54-square-kilometer) area.

One of Newport Beach’s iconic landmarks is the boardwalk, a waterfront path stretching for almost three miles (five kilometers). The path also runs alongside luxurious residences, some owned by celebrities. During the peak summer months, the boardwalk is an especially busy thoroughfare with scores of skateboarders, rollerbladers and cyclists. Keep your wits about you if you are out for a leisurely stroll.

Most of the tourist activity is around the waterfront. To shop where the affluent locals do, head five miles (eight kilometers) inland to Fashion Island. This outdoor shopping area, located in the central business district, covers 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters). It has 200 shops including department stores Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The lavishly landscaped area includes a 20,000-gallon (75,708-liter) koi pond, 40 restaurants and a movie theater complex.

For a bird’s-eye view of Newport Beach, hop on the old-fashioned Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone. This is one of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement parks, complete with bumper cars and a carousel. You’ll find it on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.

Newport Beach is located 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Santa Ana.

Where to stay in Newport Beach

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
4500 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $139 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Airport Area, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Irvine Museum and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from University of California-Irvine. Bren Events Center and Boomers ...
4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)
"The property was nice. There was no room service due to covid."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill
5 out of 5
22701 Pelican Hill Road S, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $1,135 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Newport Beach resort is located near the airport, 1.2 mi (2 km) from Crystal Cove State Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fashion Island ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (979 reviews)
"My favorite hotel in all or OC now! The room, the service, the FOOD! All of it was so incredibly amazing!"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $206 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Newport Center, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Fashion Island and within 3 mi (5 km) of Balboa Pier and Crystal Cove State Park. University ...
4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
"The room was very comfortable with regular sized pillows, not those square European style pillows. They offered us a late checkout when we checked in which we really liked. The staff was super friendly and accommodating. The television was easy to use and we could use our Netflix on the tv. I would ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
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Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $399 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Newport Beach aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove State Park. Corona del Mar ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (650 reviews)
"It was such a beautiful spot and the rooms were perfect. The whole place was beautiful and everything was so enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to relax and feel like you were in a small part of paradise."

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott Newport Beach - 2BD Villa
Marriott Newport Beach - 2BD Villa
Newport Beach, CA
This family-friendly Newport Beach resort is located in Newport Coast, within 1 mi (2 km) of Crystal Cove, Crystal Cove Beach, and Crystal Cove State Park. Little ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
Beautiful Newport Coast Villas
"Great time with family! We had five villas and we were all close to one another. The complex is beautiful! Wonderful time!!"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

Marriott Newport Beach - 2BD Villa
Balboa Condos by ELVR
Balboa Condos by ELVR
3.5 out of 5
1007 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
Located in Balboa Peninsula, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Balboa Beach, Balboa Pier, and Balboa Fun Zone. Newport Harbor Nautical Museum ...
2/5 (5 reviews)
"The location was beautiful, right on the beach. Also, there are lots of shops and places to eat within walking distance. The night we got there was very noisy though so be thoughtful about when you visit. To be fair, it was Saturday of the end of Spring break week for OC and it did quiet down. The ..."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Balboa Condos by ELVR
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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