Often dubbed the “Beverly Hills of Orange County,” Newport Beach boasts some of Southern California’s most luxurious and expensive homes. This stunning seaside town offers spectacular ocean views, friendly tourist spots, welcoming beaches, and much more. Discover our top suggestions on how to spend a day in Newport Beach!
Balboa Island & Balboa Island Ferry
Balboa Island is a one-of-a-kind man-made island filled with chic coastal shops and boutiques, delicious restaurants, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of family-fun activities.
To get to Balboa Island, we suggest taking the Balboa Island Ferry! Walk, bring your bike, or even drive your car onto the ferry, and be whisked away to Balboa Island. The ferry takes just minutes and is a cheap way to get to the island.
Once on Balboa Island tour the many eclectic shops, rent bikes and tour the island and its stunning homes, then grab a bite to eat at one of the island’s many restaurants. For dessert, grab a frozen banana at Dad’s Original Banana Stand! After your food is settled, check out the beach and rent a paddleboard or kayak. If you have kids, be sure to stop by the Balboa Fun Zone for carnival rides and much more! The list of things to do on Balboa Island is unlimited!
This outdoor, open-air mall is brilliantly designed with something for everyone! Located in the heart of Newport Beach, Fashion Island shopping is Southern California’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience. With towering palm trees, ocean views, and gorgeous fountains that give a Mediterranean feel, you’ll never want to leave Fashion Island. Stores include prestigious department stores and specialty boutiques, and you’ll have more than 30 dining options and restaurants to choose from. And when you’re done shopping, catch a movie at Island Cinema. Fashion Island is great for the entire family. Be sure to plan on spending an entire afternoon here!
You can’t come to the city of Newport Beach and not actually go to the beach! The Wedge is a hot spot for powerful and awesome surf. Because of the potential for 30-feet waves, the Wedge is more a place to admire than to engage. But nonetheless, the Wedge is a must-see when you go to Newport Beach. Relax and listen to the crash of the waves while you watch seasoned surfers take on the waves. Make sure you bring your camera as well to catch the impressive sets. If you get tired of watching the surf, you can take a stroll and admire the luxurious oceanfront homes. The Wedge also has some of the best sunsets around. So if you have time, stick around and watch as the sun melts into the ocean.
**If you come between May 1 and Oct. 31, you will notice that the raised black ball flag, outlawing the use of any type of board at the Wedge between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Bodysurfing only, no bodyboards, surfboards, or skimboards).
Nestled in Corona Del Mar, Inspiration Point is nothing short of, you guessed it, inspirational. This tiny park/vista point is located on Ocean Blvd. just above Corona del Mar Main State Beach and offers stunning views of Newport Harbor! The surrounding homes are quite something to marvel at as well. This is a great place to just sit and relax. Bring a book or pack a picnic. Whatever you do, you’ll definitely find peace and inspiration.
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