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Newport Beach
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Newport Beach showing a 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

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £173 per night from 8 Jun to 8 Jun
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Nice hotel."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
4 out of 5
500 Bayview Cir, Newport Beach, CA
The price is £153 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Very nice hotel , room is nice as expected with the price but I just don’t like the musty smell esp of the sofa. I don’t want to even sit in there. We put sheet to cover it."

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
4500 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
The price is £103 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Airport Area, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Irvine Museum and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from University of California-Irvine. Bren Events Center and Boomers ...
4.3/5Excellent! (941 reviews)
"It was nice to have the bar in the hotel and Edwin our bar tender served us great drinks. The salt water pool and cabanas were nice too."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
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8 Beach Front Building Walk to Restaurants Shops!
8 Beach Front Building Walk to Restaurants Shops!
1007 E Balboa Blvd, #5, Newport Beach, CA
Located in Balboa Peninsula, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Balboa Beach and Balboa Pier. Fashion Island and Newport Pier are also within 3 miles (5 ...
8 Beach Front Building Walk to Restaurants Shops!
Oceanfront Upper Condo Overlooking Newport Pier Near Dining & Shops with AC!
Oceanfront Upper Condo Overlooking Newport Pier Near Dining & Shops with AC!
2010 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA
Located in Balboa Peninsula, this beach holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Balboa Beach and Newport Pier. Hoag Hospital and Balboa Pier are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Best place ever
"Relax on the beach front property. The view and experience is incredible."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Oceanfront Upper Condo Overlooking Newport Pier Near Dining & Shops with AC!
Ever Sleep aboard a Sailboat
Ever Sleep aboard a Sailboat
2.5 out of 5
Behind 990 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA
Located in the heart of Newport Beach, this houseboat is within 3 mi (5 km) of Balboa Pier, Fashion Island and Newport Pier. Crystal Cove State Park and Huntington ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Fabulous stay!
"A bit cramped but it's a sailboat so no surprise there! Incredibly comfy bed, great facilities and location - 5 min walk to Marine with loads of shops & restaurants. Go to the end, turn right and after another 10 mins or so you get to the Balboa Island Ferry. $1 and 2 mins later you're on the island ..."

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Ever Sleep aboard a Sailboat
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