Newport Beach
People sunbathing on a sailboat in Newport Beach, California
People sunbathing on a sailboat in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach Tours and Tickets

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Hailed as one of Southern California's most beautiful beaches, Newport Beach beckons with miles of wide-open, sandy shores that make Los Angeles traffic feel a world away. Despite being fringed by multimillion-dollar real estate, the beach maintains a laid-back vibe thanks to an endless summer surf culture and tourist-friendly amenities.

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Denise_S, Nov 2023
Dolphins were amazing!!
The dolphins were amazing!! Whales were really cool but the dolphins were so cool to see!! Great experience! Crew were all really nice and helpful!!
Janet_H, Aug 2023
Thumbs up.
Friendly crew, no whales, however saw lots of dolphins playing, and that was exciting. Great weather made it even better.
Helene_G, Aug 2023
Fabulous!!
Fabulous cruise! Crew was terrific! Driver Gabe us every chance to see as much as we could. Saw tins of dolphins, a humpback whale, and sea lions. Highly recommended!
Sudha_B, Jun 2022
They were on time, boat...
They were on time, boat was clean and not too crowded, we saw dolphins, enjoyed the breeze and views, overall a great boat ride.
People Also Ask
Q:What is the best month to go to Newport Beach?
A:The best month to go to Newport Beach depends on the experience you're after. If you’re looking to go whale-watching, anytime May–November will work. Because summer can get quite hot, many prefer spring (March–May) when temperatures are warm, school’s still in session, and the farmers markets are in full swing.
Q:How do you spend a day in Newport Beach?
A:Classic Newport Beach activities include strolling the boutique shops on Balboa Island and grabbing a Balboa bar, an ice cream bar hand-dipped in chocolate and toppings. The shorefront Crystal Cove is a popular hike. And classic waterfront restaurants like The Dock or Newport Landing are popular for their views.
Q:What type of tours can you do to Newport Beach?
A:The most popular Newport Beach tours are dolphin- and whale-watching tours, and you'll find everything from quick 2-hour jaunts to slow luxury cruises along the coast. Other tours to try include food tours, sightseeing tours, or private boat charters to get on the water with your own personal captain.
Q:What are the best tours to do in Newport Beach with kids?
A:Many kids like Newport Beach whale-watching tours—they're the most popular tour in the city. Look for family tours, but many offer wildlife-focused outings of various duration and group size, including private tours. Be sure to book ahead from May to November, while the whales migrate along the California coast.
Q:Where can I park to go to Newport Beach?
A:The main parking lots for Newport Beach are at Newport Pier and Balboa Pier—both lots are sizable and metered, typically around $3.50/hour and open 24/7. If you're looking for free parking, it can occasionally be found on side streets, though you'll want to carefully check signage so you don't come home with a Newport Beach ticket.
Q:Is a trip to Newport Beach worth it?
A:Yes, a trip to Newport Beach is worth it—not only do you get to experience one of America's most famous (and populated) counties, but you also get a taste of Hollywood with a dash of Mother Nature. From celebrity sightings to wildlife sightings, there are a lot of things to do.