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 (16km) 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, 92660
The price is $127 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24
$127
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Very nice and clean property"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2300 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, 92663
The price is $170 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$170
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"Close to restaurants. Short drive to the beach. Clean"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
4 out of 5
4545 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
The price is $179 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3
$179
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"Efficient and courteous Reception personnel. We enjoyed an excellent beverage in the bar with the bartender Z."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
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.
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (719 reviews)
"Nice Place!!."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Balboa Condos by ELVR
Balboa Condos by ELVR
3.5 out of 5
1007 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92661
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Balboa Pier and Balboa Fun Zone are located ...
1.9/5 (8 reviews)
Great location
"I rented the 2 (1.5) bedroom. The room stated that it had 2 queen beds and a sofa bed. It had one queen bed, a futon and a sofa bed. I don’t think you can say that a futon is a queen bed especially when it is warped with a bar in the middle. If you have a young child that plans to sleep on it, it ..."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

Balboa Condos by ELVR
Marriott Newport Coast 2 Bedroom 2 Bath - Full Resort Access
Marriott Newport Coast 2 Bedroom 2 Bath - Full Resort Access
Newport Beach, CA
Stay at this hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove Beach are located ...
Marriott Newport Coast 2 Bedroom 2 Bath - Full Resort Access
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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