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Your Guide to a Sun-Swept Day of Family Revelry in Newport Beach

September 1, 2023

As exclusive as the Newport Beach Vacation Club may sound, members of all ages are welcome to roam the grounds and take advantage of on-site amenities. We take pride in our generational approach, welcoming even the angstiest of teens and the tiniest of tots.

Nuclear families, extended families and those less traditional will find that Newport Beach caters to all preferences with roomy accommodations and a myriad of activities. From sailboat voyages and Ferris wheel rides to competitive pickleball games and ice cream cones that drip down elbows, there’s much for parents and their tagalongs to experience. With one glance at this meticulously planned itinerary, you’ll quickly notice that phraseology such as “boredom” and “humdrum” are simply not a part of our club dialect.


Situated an anchor’s length from Newport Harbor, Balboa Bay Resort brings the waterfront “wow” factor, aptly measuring its backyard in nautical miles. The four-star property exudes a quintessential Orange County feel with elements and details reminiscent of the Mediterranean coast. Of-age vacationers will enjoy swathing themselves in a robe at the full-service spa and sipping craft cocktails on the patio at A+O Restaurant | Bar, while little ones can make a splash at the pool, replete with shady cabanas, plush daybeds and a menu of shareable finger foods. And when adventure calls, Balboa Bay Resort promptly answers, offering access to Duffy boat, kayak, bike and paddleboard rentals.

Balboa Bay Resort
Photo Credit Balboa Bay Resort


We know not every member of the Newport Beach Vacation Club has the same tastes. Picky eaters are hard to please, but thankfully, Newport Beach is home to a melange of restaurants and cuisines. Sit down to a wholesome breakfast at Wilma’s Patio Restaurant on the charming Balboa Island, where diners are treated like family. For midday eats and dinner reservations, Woody’s Wharf is a casual waterfront locale with an American menu, and Mama D’s Italian Kitchen is renowned for its warm hospitality and authentic Italian fare. If your family has an appetite for south-of-the-border bites, Avila’s El Ranchito is a family-owned restaurant featuring recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Wilma’s Patio
Photo Credit Max Milla


Make the most of your family’s vacation club membership, and seas the day with a myriad of on-shore and off-shore activities. Embark on a whale-watching adventure! The autumn months usher in warmer waters, bringing blue whales close to shore. If you prefer to play captain, rent a sailboat where your kids can learn the ropes and navigate Newport Beach’s blue waters. In terms of on-land entertainment, The Tennis and Pickleball Club at Newport Beach is an exquisite place to practice your dink shot and foster some on-the-court camaraderie.


Adventure is an essential component of every magical vacation, and with your complimentary membership, you and your family will have access to all 52.92 square miles of our grounds. Make waves at Newport Dunes, where your little ones can sculpt sandcastles, cruise the Back Bay on paddleboards and cozy up for a movie on the beach! For a taste of nostalgia, head to the historic Balboa Fun Zone—a waterfront amusement area in Balboa Village with retro ice cream shops, a Ferris wheel and an old-school arcade. Please note: The Newport Beach Vacation Club is not responsible for sunburns; SPF is recommended for club members of all ages.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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