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Newport BeachUnited States of America

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

...from Balboa Island.

Its a great little island to see the funky homes, grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat.

If you aren't in a hurray, there is also a three car ferry that putters across to the peninsula.

Balboa Island

The beaches and waterfront are a few reasons travelers visit Balboa Island. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Balboa Pier and Fashion Island are a few top sights nearby.

Balboa Island
Newport Beach featuring a monument and signage

Corona del Mar

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Corona del Mar. You might want to make time for a stop at Corona del Mar State Beach or Crystal Cove State Park.

Corona del Mar
Crystal Cove State Park showing a house and general coastal views

Newport Coast

5/5Exceptional!(95 area reviews)

Newport Coast is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove while in the area.

Newport Coast
Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California, United States of America

Balboa Peninsula

4.5/5Wonderful!(244 area reviews)

Balboa Peninsula is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights in the area like Balboa Pier and Newport Pier.

Balboa Peninsula
Lyon Air Museum which includes aircraft and interior views

Airport Area

4/5Very Good!(364 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Airport Area, Irvine Museum and Boomers are top sights worth seeing.

Airport Area
West Newport, Newport Beach, California, United States of America

West Newport

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

While West Newport isn't home to many top sights, Newport Pier and Balboa Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

West Newport

Top Hotels in Newport Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
3.5 out of 5
500 Bayview Cir, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $170 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Orange County Fairgrounds and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of California-Irvine. Fashion Island ...

4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"I’m a very experienced traveler who’s been to hundreds of hotels but my experience today at Marriott Bayview was unbelievable- The check in time was on believable it was so fast- I have not even put my wallet away when I already had the keys in my hand. Best service ever. Thank you Marriott"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
Balboa Bay Resort
Balboa Bay Resort
4.5 out of 5
1221 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $259 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Newport Pier, Balboa Pier, and Fashion Island. Crystal Cove State Park and University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (972 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Great location. Only negative was that the lights in bathroom flickered often."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Balboa Bay Resort
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
4 out of 5
1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $188 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

This family-friendly Newport Beach resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Fashion Island, and Balboa Pier. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Location was good. Staff was very friendly at check in. Good size pool. Room was very clean. Hotel needs some updating, looks a bit old outside facade"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Popular places to visit in Newport Beach

Fashion Island
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Fashion Island

4.5/5(533 reviews)

With a visit to Fashion Island, a favorite shopping spot in Newport Beach, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and charming coffeehouses.

Crystal Cove State Park
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Crystal Cove State Park

4.5/5(136 reviews)

This stunning stretch of Southern Californian coastline is paradise for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. 

Newport Pier
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Newport Pier

4.5/5(452 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Newport Pier and enjoy activities such as surfing in Newport Beach. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Balboa Pier
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Balboa Pier

4.5/5(364 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Balboa Pier and enjoy activities such as surfing in Newport Beach. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants.

Corona del Mar State Beach
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Corona del Mar State Beach

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Corona del Mar State Beach, a popular beach in Newport Beach. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Balboa Beach
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Balboa Beach

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Balboa Beach during your travels in Newport Beach? Amble around the area's seaside or seek out the biking trails.

Top things to do in Newport Beach

Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise
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Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise

$32
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
HOLLYWOOD TO BEVERLY HILLS TOUR FROM ORANGE COUNTY
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HOLLYWOOD TO BEVERLY HILLS TOUR FROM ORANGE COUNTY

$150
Per adult
DAY IN HOLLYWOOD
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DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

$235
Per adult

Reviews of Newport Beach

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
595
5 - Excellent 65.67328918322296%
4 - Good
258
4 - Good 28.47682119205298%
3 - Okay
43
3 - Okay 4.746136865342163%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.5518763796909493%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5518763796909493%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Staff is very welcoming

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Awesome beaches with great people enjoying Mother Nature! Can’t wait to go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Fantastic Beach!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

beautiful area, folks are friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

I love Newport Beach!!!! So beautiful. It’s a whole little world of its own.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

We liked that it was easy to get to all the other beaches from Newport. The pacific ocean highway was very close to where we were staying.

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