Gorgeous Newport Beach is one of the world's wealthiest enclaves, but residents cheerfully welcome anyone who wants to enjoy their postcard-perfect coastline and festive collection of attractions. Stroll the famous boardwalk or walk out on the historic pier—or surf the break just to south; there are several popular spots to catch the waves crashing toward town.

See history at the century-old Balboa Pavilion, one of California's original, Victorian-era "recreational facilities" overlooking the Pacific, or stop by the Orange County Museum of Art. Of course, Orange County is more famous for its mall culture, and iconic Fashion Island truly is an impressive shopping center.

About 1,000 feet offshore is even more opulent Balboa Island, a beautiful place to spend a lazy afternoon. The bohemian-chic city-within-a-city has even more gorgeous beaches, one-of-a-kind shops, and a range of restaurants serving excellent food for almost any budget.

Practical Info

Newport Beach and Balboa Island are popular, particularly on sunny weekends, when it seems that half of Orange County is lining up for an ice cream cone (or parking place) in front of you. Relax, you're going to the beach.

In addition to a handful of hotels and B&Bs, there are dozens of vacation homes for rent, which can be a much better deal.

Tours & Tickets

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Los Angeles Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

If you're looking for a night of exceptional food, brilliant views and music to romance the night away to, you'll love the Los Angeles dinner and dance ...  Read more

Location: Marina Del Rey or Newport Beach, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.39

Newport Beach Jetpack Experience

Strap on a water-propelled jetpack at Newport Beach and learn moves that would make Iron Man envious. With three packages available, fly high and scamper along ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $179.00

Orange County Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

Admire some of southern California's most stunning beaches on this breathtaking helicopter flight from Long Beach. View the shimmering blue waters of the ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 18- or 35-minutes

From USD $149.99

Half-Day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise from Newport Beach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Spend a fun-filled half day on the ocean waters just off the coast of Newport Beach on this deep-sea fishing cruise. Rod and tackle equipment is included, so ...  Read more

Location: Newport Beach, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.89
$41.49 Save $10.60

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Newport Beach, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99
$31.99 Save $8.00

Full-Day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise from Newport Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Enjoy a day of deep-sea fishing off the California coast and try to catch a coveted yellowtail or white sea bass. This full-day cruise from Newport Beach will ...  Read more

Location: Newport Beach, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.29
$70.99 Save $19.70

Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Take in the sights of Los Angeles from the water, listen to relaxing music and unwind in the sun on this leisurely two-hour Sunday brunch cruise with sparkling ...  Read more

Location: Marina Del Rey or Newport Beach
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

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