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Your Guide to a Solo Vacation in Newport Beach

June 13, 2023
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Flying solo this summer? We’ve dreamed up the perfect Newport Beach itinerary for the solo traveler! There’s nothing like a little “you” time, and whether you’re up for an outdoorsy adventure or simply want to relax without any distractions, this guide will provide. Newport Beach offers a little bit of everything—from outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking to upscale experiences like shopping and dining on the water. Let this itinerary be your jumping-off point for planning a solo vacation in Newport Beach.


VEA Newport Beach

Start your solo adventure at VEA Newport Beach, a newly rebranded hotel situated in the center of it all. With proximity to top-notch shopping and dining destinations, including Fashion Island, this destination hotel promises a premier vacation experience. Take refuge in your Sanctuary Retreat room, complete with coastal views and a private soaking tub, and be sure to book a treatment at Spa VEA for an afternoon of pampering. The hotel also has a cabana-lined outdoor pool deck with a bar—perfect for catching some rays and sipping on one of their signature cocktails. A stay at VEA guarantees a rejuvenating and enjoyable solo adventure.


Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Movie at THE LOT

When it comes to entertainment, Newport Beach does not disappoint. With one of the largest recreational harbors on the West Coast and plenty of activities perfect for a solo traveler, you’ll never run out of things to do. If you’re one for outdoor adventures, Pirate Coast Paddle Company offers kayak and paddle board rentals on the beautiful Back Bay and even offers SUP Glow tours at night and SUP yoga classes during the day. If your ideal day of play involves eating and relaxation, THE LOT at Fashion Island is a great spot to catch a flick. With in-seat theater wait service and luxury recliner seating, this theater takes movie watching to a whole new level. 


Take a Workout Class

Embarking on a solo adventure means taking care of you. It’s an opportunity to meet your own needs and focus on your wellbeing. Whether you’re a yogi at heart, a Pilates pro or want to cycle it out, Newport Beach has a handful of fitness studios perfect for a sweat sesh. Slip on your gloves for a boxing workout at BOXHAUS, feel the burn at Pure Barre or BE Fit Modern Pilates, restore your mind at RA Yoga !


Eat Like a Local

Sink your teeth into new experiences! Newport Beach’s culinary scene offers a diverse array of eats—from casual locales to award-winning restaurants. But every local knows that seafood is the star of the show. Get your fix at The Crab Cooker with a bowl of their famous seafood chowder, or pop over to Circle Hook Fish Company or Hook & Anchor for a lobster roll. If you’re looking to treat yourself, enjoy a meal on the water at one of our city’s renowned restaurants, like 21 Oceanfront, Lido Bottle Works Nobu Newport Beach or Louie’s By the Bay. With a range of restaurants and cuisines, you’re sure to find something that’ll please your palate.


Shop at Fashion Island and Lido Marina Village

Newport Beach may be known for its fresh seafood and coastal vibes, but it’s also a world-class shopping destination. Treat yourself to a solo shopping spree at Fashion Island, where you’ll find name-brand stores like Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Alo Yoga, Brixton and more. This open-air center is just steps from VEA Newport Beach and is also home to several snazzy restaurants. If quaint and charming is more your style, spend a day by the bay at Lido Marina Village—a seaside center with paved pathways, white brick storefronts and a unique collection of brands, like Marrow Fine, Faherty, Cynthia Rowley and Jenni Kayne.


Hike Around the Back Bay and Crystal Cove State Park

Looking to get your steps in and experience the beauty of Newport Beach? Lace up your sneakers and explore the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve, or as locals call it, the “Back Bay.” This ecological oasis is home to 1,000 acres of preserved wetlands and several kinds of endangered species. Hike around the Back Bay Loop and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Another great place to take in some epic views is Crystal Cove State Park, which is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of preserved natural seashore. Embark on the El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop, then take a dip in the ocean at Crystal Cove State Beach!

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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