Oceanfront Places to Explore in Newport Beach
Things to Do in Newport Beach
Newport Beach, California is actually made up of several communities (sometimes referred to as villages). These include Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula and Corona del Mar, just to name a few. The area that is considered Newport Beach also has seven islands, some of which are man-made, while others are a combination of nature at work with man-made harbors and other land areas. These islands include Balboa Island, the largest one, as well as Lido Isle. With all of these cultural and scenic areas, there are plenty of things to do on vacation in Newport Beach.
Balboa Island has most of the restaurants and other attractions. Many of the restaurants are ocean side, which affords you a beautiful view of the Pacific while you eat. You can also find accommodations on this island.
Another great spot is the Fun Zone, which is one of the few remaining coastal amusement parks. The atmosphere resembles that of the old-fashioned amusement parks, with the Ferris wheel, carousel, and other fun rides. As an added bonus, the park underwent a complete renovation in 1986, so everything still looks fresh and attractive.
If you want to get a good look at all of Balboa Island, as well as get in on some gossip about some of the residents, take the harbor cruise. You’ll find out who owns that huge yacht that you’ll see anchored in the harbor. In addition, you’ll see some of the tiniest, but adorable, cottages you can imagine, as well as all that nature has to show. If you'd rather keep your feet on shore, check out the scenic walkway that circles the entire island perimeter.
The Back Bay - Attractions on the Other Islands
If you're looking for things to do in Newport Beach that offer a first hand look at nature, you’ll find the ecological reserve located at the Back Bay. The area is safe enough that many birds have made it their homes, making it a great place for avid birdwatchers.
Lido Island is where you’ll find the shops and art galleries that make Newport Beach so unique. You can also enjoy a meal at one of the boardwalk cafes.
The others in the seven-island chain at Newport Beach include Little Balboa Island, Linda Isle, Collins Island, Harbor Island, and Bay Island. Many of these islands are primarily residential. Upscale residential, to be exact. In fact, these islands house some of the most expensive real estate in California.
Balboa Island in Newport Beach is where you catch the Catalina Flyer for a day trip to Catalina Island, sometimes referred to as the “Club Med” of Los Angeles. Ticket prices vary, depending on the amenities you choose. You have several hours between the time you arrive on the island and your return trip to Balboa Island, so you will have plenty of time to explore the shops and sights, as well as enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on Catalina Island.
As you can see, there are many things to do in Newport Beach to keep your vacation exciting. So, plan to stay as long as possible. You’ll be entertained the whole time.