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6 Reasons to Book a Summer Vacay in Newport Beach

May 25, 2021

After a long year spent cooped up inside, we could also use a little summer adventure. We’re talking sandy beaches, sun-kissed skin and sumptuous accommodations. And while you may not be ready to hop on a plane to the Bahamas, you can experience some barefoot luxury on the famed West Coast. But before you start booking, look no further than the coastal city of Newport Beach—Southern California’s premier destination for some fun in the sun. Don’t believe us? Here are six reasons this seaside destination is shore-ly the place to be this summer.

Lodging for Any Lifestyle

Whether you’re traveling with your significant other or the entire family, Newport Beach offers an assortment of places to stay. If it’s a boutique experience you’re after, book your vacation at Newport’s Lido House hotel—a Cape Cod-inspired retreat featuring stylish beach cottages, perfect for couples! Balboa Bay Resort is also an excellent option for those looking for some waterfront luxury. But if the kids are along for the ride, both Newport Beach Marriott Bayview and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach offer an abundance of family-friendly amenities like spacious suites, access to multiple pools and proximity to all kinds of kid-friendly entertainment.

Looking for something a little more serene? Venture south for a few nights at The Resort at Pelican Hill. This Tuscan-inspired resort sits above Crystal Cove and offers a little something for everyone—from the sumptuous spa and stunning Coliseum Pool to the scenic golf courses and residential-style bungalows.

State-of-the-Art Shopping

When it comes to vacationing, it’s important to treat yourself! Newport Beach is home to some of the best shopping the West Coast has to offer. Spend a day at Fashion Island and explore an extensive collection of stores in an open-air retail setting. With name brands like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lululemon and Kendra Scott to specialty stores like Penelope Pots, Ray-Ban and Saje Natural Wellness, it’s no wonder locals and visitors flock here for some summer shopping.

In tandem with Fashion Island’s grandeur, Lido Marina Village also boasts an abundance of luxury shops but with a tad more local charm. In this little seaside center, you’ll find everything from cozy cafes and trendy restaurants to fashion-forward boutiques and home decor shops. On the hunt for some summer wardrobe staples? Stop by Jenni Kayne for upscale Cali-inspired apparel or Faherty for a few coastal-casual finds. In terms of accessories, you’ll love Marrow Fine’s snazzy jewelry selection and Clare V.’s stylish line of totes, clutches and sacs. And when it comes to time to chow down, Lido Bottle Works is the perfect way to end your day with wine pairings, small plates and harbor views.

Oceanfront Dining

No city does waterfront dining quite like Newport Beach. The community was basically built on the “dock and dine” concept! But whether you’re pulling up by boat, bike or on foot, you’ll fall in love with the assortment of seaside eateries. Enjoy casual bites and bay views at Tavern House Kitchen + Bar, SOL Mexican Cocina or Newport Landing—all great for group dining. And when date night rolls around, make a reservation at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Buddha’s Favorite, Zinqué or Nobu. The options are endless, and the views are fantastic!

Pristine Beaches

With summer days drawing near, you’re likely craving some time on the sand. Newport Beach is home to some of The Golden State’s most beautiful beaches—think soft sand, killer waves and crystal clear waters. If you’re planning a vacay with the fam, the kiddos will love the five-mile stretch of shoreline by the Newport Beach Pier, as this area boasts a bevy of activities with places to rent bikes and boards! However, if you’re up for a bit of adventure, head to Little Corona in Corona del Mar—a beach known for its rocky reefs and tide pools!

New Coastal Adventures

Add some excitement to your summer vacation and cross off those bucket list items! Newport Beach is the perfect place to experience some fun and adrenaline-pumping activities. Whether it’s embarking on a whale watching excursion with Newport Landing or Newport Coastal Adventure or flying high with a parasailing expedition with California Parasail, the opportunities for new adventures are infinite!

If you’re someone who prefers to keep their feet on the ground, a day at the Balboa Fun Zone is not to be overlooked! This time-honored amusement area is a great place to kill a few hours with the kids as they ride the colorful Ferris wheel and play games in the arcade.

Proximity to Local Attractions

Day trips are a great way to keep things fun and fresh when you’re on vacation. And when it comes to staying in Newport Beach, you’ll dig the variety of nearby attractions such as Disneyland Park in Anaheim (just a 25-minute drive) and Catalina Island (just a one-hour boat ride out of Long Beach). Another great way to spend a day is with a quick trip to The City of Angels. Los Angeles is only about an hour or two north of Newport Beach and plays host to a variety of unique neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Manhattan Beach. Spend an afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier, an evening at The Grove, or catch a ball game at Dodger Stadium.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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