The Newport Beach Pier gives you a fantastic view of the sunset over the Pacific in Orange County, California. The pier has sweeping views of the surrounding fancy houses, and you may also get to see lots of the local fisherman catching the freshest seafood off the pier. But the real star of the show is the sun, of course, which puts on an incredibly colorful show before dipping down beneath the waves. Definitely a must-do if you're in Southern California! (#beach) Lots of birds diving and soaring around the preserve, but most did not come close enough [or stay still enough] for the Fuji to do its work. Fortunately, this Turkey Vulture accommodated me with a fly-by. He was probably no more than eight feet from my face.
Seriously, though, the place is a massive aviary. With all that abundant marine life bubbling about under the surface, the area can support as many of these creatures as are able to tolerate living together.
And that is a surprising number, though the toleration varies in its magnitude from one minute to the next. Every year the city of Newport Beach does a boat parade around the harbor. The best part is that, in addition to decorating the boats for Christmas, they decorate the docks and houses along the waterfront. It’s a Christmas wonderland! Come to the balboa pier and play the arcade games, eat some pizza, and ride the Ferris wheel! This butterfly is called a Mourning Cloak, probably for obvious reasons.
An aside here: the assigning of common names to different species of butterfly, moth, dragonfly, and the like, seems to have become something of an art, with a myriad collection of modern Adams deftly tugging the most delicate and creative epithets out of thin air and laying them like mantles over one species after another.
I kind of look forward to finding new ones, just to hear the subtle and surprising names they've been given. Beautiful sunset at balboa island. Enjoying the last days of November! Bacon wrapped pickles...YES! A culinary masterpiece! An enchanting [but lousy] picture of the real McCoy -- an adult Black-capped Night Heron -- stalking with the kind of purpose only Herons seem to have. He was at the base of the breakwall along the Santa Ana River, ignoring everything but the task at hand. You just have to admire something that can maintain that level of concentration over such an extended period of time.
I know, what was I saying...? 3...2...1... Launch...
Epic waves brought surfers, body boarders and crowds to watch it all.
#BvSWater Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes? Why not! Looking for perspective come out and play at the wedge! Surf is up!
#waterlust Regardless of the weather - the beaches & piers at Balboa and Newport are stunning year round. Bring a friend and relax as the waves come in...
#BvSWater #longexposure #ocean #pier Honey Bee on Beach Coreopsis
Lots of wildflowers at the preserve this time of year, and lots of critters punching the clock to get the pollen and nectar collected on time.
The Beach Coreopsis flowers have blossoms about twice the size of a silver dollar, though the center isn't much bigger than a quarter [does anybody still know what those are?].
This bee spent a bit of time on this blossom, leading me to believe that there was a mess'o'powder to forage. ...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. Leave it to the OC to build a combination automobile/bicycle/pedestrian path, each with its own lane, along a three mile stretch of the upper portion of the Newport Bay.
But that is exactly what they did.
The trail is all asphalt, with a few very small offshoots into dirt Sedum at sunset.
The variety and number of these on the property was really astonishing. This is a Western Side-blotched Lizard.
If you're looking for a lesson in herpetology and you don't feel like forking out the cash for a college lecture, head to the wilderness areas of Southern California.
Bring water, though. They don't need it, but you sure will. Near the entrance to the Preserve is a structure called the Muth Interpretive Center. From the literature, it sounds as if this location is used to help educate the public about the efforts to restore and maintain the refuge, and to offer educational services to local schools and families about the wildlife in the area.
Really a sweet-sounding place.
However, admittance is by invitation only, and the place is locked down tighter than Area-51.
That doesn't keep the birds from dropping by to perch on some of the structures both inside and outside the center.
This Mourning Dove sat quietly while I hid like a cat burglar behind my hiking partner and tried to get a picture. Ten photos taken, only one in focus, but I think it's a good one.
William Jones took an even snazzier one a couple of days ago, and he mentioned to me in a comment that he never realized how colorful these birds are, though they appear almost grey from a distance.
They would have always been grey to me because that is how I generally get to see them. With this one exception. Bird on a wire. More specifically, a Scrub Jay on a wire. But that kind of ruins the poetry, doesn't it? Bougainvillea bush at night under incandescent light.
Did not have much chance to share some of the marvels of the house where we stayed in the OC.
Such a beautiful place. At night or during the day. A whole urn-full of sedum basking under the long, late rays of the sun. Founded by Candace Nelson, this cupcake boutique offers delicious, moist, and decadent treats. There are several locations throughout California, and you can vote to bring Sprinkles to your town! I'd recommend the red velvet and lemon coconut. Sprinkles also offers different flavors depending on the day of the week. Candice Nelson is also featured on Food Network's show Cupcake Wars! This is an exquisite plant whose name I was able to find on Google this morning, but promptly lost the link. Those in the know (@throwingsofas) might nudge me in the right direction.
The blossoms are silvery-white, with very thin petals, as you can see from an example in the upper left. The rest of the plant is literally covered in little iridescent beads [Google iridescent bead flowers and prepare yourself for the biggest crafts' fair on the internet].
There are pods which contain both ruby beads and colorless beads, But the rest of the plant is encrusted with the colorless variety. I have to believe this is some form of water collection system for the plant, though I can only guess at this point.
They are unimaginably beautiful to see strewn along the path like a trail of polished gems. As we are likely to say anytime we take a picture -- the photo doesn't do them justice. Just another beast shot yesterday...
#waterlust The first view of the Santa Ana River as you come up off the trail from the Talbert Refuge/Park/Preserve -- take your pick.
It's a very calm river at the moment, since most of its water has evaporated into the sky and is drenching some other part of the world for the time being. I hear it can race along at a good clip when the channel is full.
But it didn't bother me too much to see it that way.
I went for the R&R, and, at every turn, the landscape seemed to do its best to accommodate me. C and Java fans take note! The Preserve was established back in 1975 after a fairly ferocious battle between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. I doubt there is anyone alive today who regrets the turn of events.
For one thing, huge swaths of land have been preserved [and protected] in pristine form, for another, public access through the place makes it a popular destination for runners, hikers and slow-driving tourists.
Finally, the surrounding area is almost completely developed for business, high-end residential, and hotel property.
Everybody wins...well, as long as you're willing to keep your head pointed in the direction most suited to your tastes.
It's probably a workable model only where almost everyone is working with a set of unlimited resources and is willing to put them on the line in pursuit of their interests.
A Walden for billionaires, if you wish. But I gotta admit, it seems to work. Great view from awesome homes located here in Newport Beach. This is the best view of ocean ever I have seen specially sunset it looks great....check it out Go time These Southern Alligator Lizards were everywhere in the park, and, as you can see, they're practically invisible until you're nearly on top of them. But a few of them must be used to people, because they just sit there letting you get uncomfortably close.
The fact that they can outrun a lightning bolt to the bushes probably helps give them the confidence they need to stick around.
I should add that these are common everywhere in Southern California. You can't walk a path without seeing one -- or not seeing one -- if you catch my drift. A bit more muted color scheme with the incandescent lights still waiting on their timer.
Remember that bird on the wire. Newport Beach, CA. December 20, 2015. Newport back bay beautiful all times of the year . Even during the winter you can still experience a beautiful sunset Such a great little French place. Food is great, and the people are really nice... and French: ) View from the Newport Beach pier. Just something fun for family and friend to do for the summer in California Heavy shallow waves
#waterlust Talbert Regional Park goes by many names. One other is the Talbert Nature Preserve. They all refer to a 91.5 acre tract abutting the Santa Ana River in Costa Mesa, which has only been a park for about 20 years, and which spent a great deal of the last century under brackish outflow from the river proper.
First impression: it looks like a converted sandlot. That is, a converted sandlot that takes up about the same acreage as an aircraft manufacturing plant. That's California, folks. You don't really know what scale is until you see how much there is of everything here. Not to wander to far afield, but I actually did see a sandlot or two when I was there. Each was bigger than the central downtown core of Portland, Oregon.
Like I said, scale.
Hike into the sandlot for a bit and you'll soon see things were not as they seemed. The place is teeming with wildlife. Mostly small wildlife -- garden lizards, well-fed squirrels, every songbird you can think of, and a bevy of insect life, some of which may be attracted to your blood type.
And the flowers are incredible. You'll never mistake this for the Butchart Gardens, but the variety of flora is extremely impressive, especially for a sandlot.
The #beach #ocean #waterlust #newportbeach #california Anti Lab Mall Nothing like a great hamburger on a #sundayfunday #foodiefinds The beach clears out after 4...just in time for some sunset yoga. #lens4change #BeachBound I love a pacific coast sunset. #newport #beach #california The Balboa Beach Pier makes for a great photography subject but it's also an incredible place to spend time with family & friends. Parking is typically easy to find and it's a great way to spend the evening! A cloudy Newport Beach California. It's certainly just as busy as any other SoCal beach around here but the boardwalk area is fun for cruising a beach cruiser Back Bay Loop, 10.6 miles of gorgeous wildlife. While waiting for our boat to take a spin around Newport Harbor, we were greeted by one of the resident fowls of Newport Beach. Sunset in Newport Beach. Beautiful Tones... A walk on the beach is always a good idea. Especially on gorgeous January SoCal days! #lens4change #BeachBound #sunset last night at the beautiful Newport #Beach Sunrise walk at the pier... beautiful I headed out at 5AM to Laguna Beach, CA to do some sunrise seascapes. While I was setting up, a woman walked and stood into frame. I thought she really added to the composition, so I hurried to get the shot.
#BvsCities Great, high end pub style food, 26 draft beers, full bar, very cool space and valet parking to boot! Also, great breakfast spot (pictured: their spin on cured salmon frittata). The duck fat French fries are insane. Couple of Newport Beach, watering hole institutions, and some of what remains of the old school, Newport Beach, apres surf culture of yesteryear: Blackie's and The Beach Ball. If you are in town, and want a taste of the real surfer/biker/beach bum- lifer culture, you need to saddle up to one, or both of these bars. So great to see they've made it this far. Bottoms up! Finding a reason to get out of bed #beach
Seems time has stopped in this SoCa community and that's want I enjoyed the most here: slow pace stroll on a beach, a bike ride, and grabbing a lunch at one of the local eateries. Take a $1 ferry ride to a Balboa Island for shopping and tourist attractions Christmas tradition in Newport Beach brings a huge tree in for decoration. This years edition is purportedly 90 feet high. A cool sign in Belize!!! The perfection exists !!! . Morning stroll before the winds gets stronger. Great spot overlooking the harbor, with average (bar) food, but really cold beer and lots of old-school character. I used to frequent the place in the mid 80s, and it's still going strong. Once owned by Chuck Norris's wife, Linda. Rollerblading Huntington Beach to the Wedge. #beach Mimosa sampler! One of my favorite Newport beaches. Tucked away from the busier parts of the beach, this little cove is usually pretty peaceful. #colorful Waves at the Wedge! If you want to see a strong current I suggest you come here! #waterlust #pigeons #beachside #sand #beach #ocean #waterlust #newportbeach #california Waiting for the Freelance Harbor cruise to see the nicely decorated houses for Christmas. This Chef doesn't mess around. A bit pricey however the food is so worth it! The duck liver pate was absolutely amazing and you have to try the octopus salad. I have never in my life has such tender octopus! The fillet with roasted garlic is another favorite. The Fall and Winter months the Chef serves a steak tatare and is how it should be prepared; with a quail's egg! Jet packing over Newport, California! #waterlust If you find yourself in Newport Beach or really any of the OC and want some of the freshest fish and crab possible head over to the Dory Fishing Fleet Market.
You'll need to get up super early if you want the best selection but man is it worth it! You'll want to check their website to see what's in season before you go. Enjoy! Like is an adventure... enjoy it! Love this spot; try to visit early AM every trip to Newport (15th St.). Best breakfast burrito in SoCal, hands down, served right on the strand/sand. Amazing donuts! Made with fresh ingredients everyday! The flavors are well put together! Love the maple/bacon, however the rosemary is a great option as well! Check them out!!! Balboa Island 2017 Great food & show for the hold family. So take the family and enjoy the summer A place to see some up close a personal waves and riders Ok ok I get it. Shortest line at the fair! Some crazy helmet in an old metal shop Just around the corner from the big corona del mar beach, you'll find this little spot tucked into the coastline. Less people, more tide pools - a good spot for some beach time. #beach Surprisingly, the BEST fish and chips I've ever eaten. The restaurant is right on the water with inside or outside seating. Great service! Little Corona del Mar Beach seen from Inspiration Point. Bam! This rock in Little Corona del Mar looks like a hen to me. #beach Corona Del Mar Palisades Tennis Club is a great place to drop in and play tennis - everyone was very friendly and the facilities (and bar!) are great. #lifeatexpedia September evening in Newport Beach 2008 in USA Summer Sunset - Balboa Pier Newport Beach #LoveMyTown Take a long way home !!! Raving! What a wonderful experience to paddle at night. Loved every second of it! . A wonderful way to re-charge batteries after a busy week... One of the things about California is their love for in and out burger. Definitely a Californian! Sometimes you just got to eat burger an in and out burger. No matter how obsessed we are of being healthy and fit every now and then we splurge.😍
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Get an overview of this hotelHistoric Orange County resort overlooks marina

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Pets allowed
Free wired high-speed Internet
Outdoor pool
Business center
Laundry facilities

On Balboa Bay

Overlooking a marina on Balboa Bay, this Mediterranean-style resort in Orange County's Newport Beach is set on 15 acres close to golfing, shopping, and beaches.

Old glamour, posh spa

Opened in 1948 as a private club (public resort added in 2003), Balboa Bay Resort has hosted presidents and Hollywood icons—and now hosts the public, which enjoys its yacht charters and extensive spa.

Sand and rattan

The 159 beach-inspired rooms at Balboa Bay Resort offer balconies, marble bathrooms, rattan accents, and DVD players. Beds have bamboo headboards, pillowtop mattresses, and down duvets.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

There’s no better way to experience life and style that’s perfectly balanced than at the Balboa Bay Resort – a full-service, waterfront property in Newport Beach. For those seeking the quintessential Southern California lifestyle experience, this destination offers deluxe spa facilities, plush accommodations with balconies in every room, and gourmet-dining.

The resort is close to scenic beaches and world-class shopping. Plus, our sophisticated and personalized staff is dedicated to making sure you receive more than you imagined. From the stunning bay views, to the upscale amenities, to the beautifully decorated rooms and suites, your experience will be truly unforgettable and one you’ll soon want to relive. If you’re ready to be pampered SoCal-style, the Balboa Bay Resort staff is ready to show you to your room.

The Balboa Bay Resort provides many unique venues and beautiful landscapes, including a 7,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, blissful private bayside lawn, expansive outdoor terrace, and a well appointed meeting rooms, all attended to by a 5-star trained staff. Your event is an experience that should both impress and leave a lasting impression. The Balboa Bay Resort delivers that experience to make sure your meeting, wedding, or special event reaches a new level of luxury and a perfect balance of life and style.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Hair salon 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Concierge services 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Total number of rooms - 159 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Marina on site 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Conference space 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Year Built 2003 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Steam room 
  • Sauna 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Long-term parking (surcharge) 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Wedding services 
  • Garden 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 


Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access (USD 12.95 per 24 hours surcharge), Wired Internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 25 per night ), Free wired Internet


Long-term parking (surcharge), Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge), Free parking nearby

Room Amenities

  • Wired Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Down comforter 
  • LCD TV 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Cable TV service 
  • HDTV 
  • Video-game console 
  • Phone 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • DVD player 
  • Pay movies 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • Slippers 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Waterline Newport Beach - the resort’s signature restaurant features fresh seafood. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Blend™ - Italian-inspired coffee shop features freshly-brewed coffee and gourmet beverages and light fare. Open daily from 6 AM – 7 PM.

A&O Kitchen+Bar - Brand new gastropub overlooking the harbor.

Nearby Things to Do

The resort sits on 15 waterfront acres, encompassing a private marina on Balboa Bay. The marina is reserved for club members, but resort guests can charter yachts and small electric boats, and arrange fishing trips through the concierge. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service to a sandy beach a mile away.

The outdoor heated pool in the main building's courtyard is surrounded by cushioned lounge chairs. A small, artificial beach on site is available for club members only, and is only for sunning. The resort has two fitness centers: the smaller, complimentary center in the main building offers towels and TVs, a pair of treadmills and several pieces of Paramount strength-training equipment; the fitness facilities in the spa are available for a fee.

The 17,000-square-foot spa contains women's and men's locker rooms, each with a living room with a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, leather ottomans, and showers stocked with spa products. The spa provides a steam room, dry sauna, spa tub, and nine rooms for massage, skin-care, and beauty treatments. A pro shop with resort wear and work-out clothes is located next to the spa.

Several golf courses are nearby, including Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Aliso Viejo Golf Club, and Pelican Hill Golf Club, with two courses designed by Tom Fazio.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Motor boating on site 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 

Spa Services

  • Sauna in spa 
  • Number of treatment rooms 9 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body wraps 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Massages 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 30.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 100.00 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Dogs only
  • 1 per room (up to 30 lb)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 30.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 25 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 25 per night (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 30 per vehicle (one way)
  • Self parking fee: USD 35.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 35.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Extended parking fee: USD 35 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 100.00 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Balboa Bay
  • Balboa Bay Newport Beach
  • Balboa Bay Resort
  • Balboa Bay Resort Newport Beach
  • Balboa Resort
  • Balboa Bay Club
  • The Balboa Bay Club And Resort
  • The Balboa Bay Club Hotel Newport Beach
  • The Balboa Bay Hotel
  • The Balboa Bay Resort

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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