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Water Destination: Newport Beach’s Harbor

March 17, 2023

Home to more water than land, it’s no surprise Newport Beach plays host to one of the largest recreational harbors on the West Coast. To put it simply, the opportunities for seafaring adventures are endless. From kayaking and paddleboarding to boating and jet skiing, you’ll never run out of ways to catch rays and make waves.

1. Check-in to Seaside Luxury

Set on fifteen acres of bayfront property, Balboa Bay Resort offers a sun-drenched escape for those in search of some time on the water. Between its ocean-inspired restaurant, stunning harbor views and access to on-the-water activities, you’re to be happy as a clam.

Balboa Bay Resort

2. Cruise the Harbor

Set sail in style! Whether you prefer paddling or playing captain, Newport Beach is home to a variety of local rental companies that allow you to cruise the beautiful waters of the bay. Rent an electric boat or sailboat, or reserve your very own kayak or stand-up paddleboard!

3. Dock and Dine

Up for a culinary adventure? Navigate your way to one of Newport Beach’s many bayside restaurants and enjoy dockside dining at its very best. Head to Bluewater Grill, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Woody’s Wharf or A+O Restaurant | Bar for fresh seafood with a side of ocean views.

Cruise the Harbor

4. Shop and Play by the Bay

Whether you’re traveling with kids or you want to embrace your inner child, a trip to The Fun Zone at Balboa Village is a must. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel and enjoy views of the boat-filled harbor from above, or play seaside in the old-school arcade! Then, pop on over to the charming Lido Marina Village for some seaside shopping, or take the ferry across to Balboa Island and stroll down the boutique-lined Marine Avenue.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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