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

Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California

The basics

There's room for everyone on Newport Beach, from joggers and surfers to bikini-clad bathers and families setting up for swimming and sandcastles. Stroll along the historic pier and beach promenade lined with restaurants and shops, soak up local culture at the Orange County Museum of Art, or boost your wardrobe at the Fashion Island shopping mall. Newport Beach is a departure port for whale-watching tours and a popular stop on multi-beach sightseeing day trips from LA.

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Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
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Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
$36.00 per adult
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Just wanted to take a cheap boat ride since most reviews said they didn't see much. We ended up seeing several whales! It took us about an hour on the water when the captain said he would extend our trip to try to see some whales. We saw several of them just meter from our boat. The boat also serves alcohol and they make some good drinks! Overall I give this 5 stars!
Rafael_G, Jan 2024

Things to know before you go

  • Lifeguard stands are scattered along the beach, but waves should still be approached with caution.

  • Dining options for all budgets are available from snack shops to restaurants along the promenade.

  • Accommodations range from five-star hotels to beach bungalow vacation rentals.

  • Pay close attention to parking meter time limits and paid lot instructions, as they are patrolled regularly.

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How to get there

Newport Beach is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Los Angeles and 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of San Diego. The easiest way to arrive is by car, and paid street parking and parking lots are available nearby. The free Balboa Peninsula Trolley runs up and down the coast on summer weekends. If arriving by air, John Wayne Airport in Orange County is just 8 miles (13 kilometers) away for a short drive.

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When to get there

Like the rest of Southern California, Newport Beach is famous for year-round sunny, warm weather. Whale-watching cruises depart year-round. The season for sighting grey whales is December through April, while giant blue whales are more likely to be seen May through November.

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Balboa Island

A short ferry ride from Newport Beach, Balboa Island is a chic city with a city, packed with bohemian shops and coastal eateries. Surrounded by protected bay waters, it's a perfect spot to practice stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and other water sports. Alternatively, explore the streets on foot or via electric bike, and then indulge in fresh seafood at one of its many shoreline restaurants. Save room for dessert—Balboa Island is famous for its signature chocolate-dipped frozen bananas.

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