We did not know what to expect? We have stayed in Newport on many occasion, but had not ventured to rent on Balboa Island. Wow, what a fun week! The owners were warm hearted, fun, and very helpful. We spent our mornings shell hunting a few minutes away on the beach in Corona Del Mar, and several afternoons and early evenings with our kids outside of the home on the most comfortable veranda under an umbrella drinking mimosa's and/or cold beers. The kids were able to frolic in the water, while we relaxed and watched them giggle and have fun. It was hard to motivate from this point on; however, being only a few steps from Marine avenue was great for shopping and dining. I would highly recommend chatting with the owners, they had several great dining recommendations, especially for happy hour at some of the locals favorite spots. Crystal Cove beach was a short drive and was a fun spot to spend with boogie boards and sand toys. Thanks again for making our stay on Balboa Island so memorable!