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6 Newport Beach Activities That Will Help You Decompress This January

January 4, 2024

This holiday season, while festive and fun, can leave us in need of some serious unwinding. Too much of anything (we’re talking family time and pumpkin pie) can take its toll, so if you’re craving a mental reset, you’ve come to the right place. Newport Beach offers many ways to relax and rejuvenate—whether it’s an afternoon at the spa or a nature walk in Crystal Cove. Here’s our list of six activities to destress post-holidays in Newport Beach.

Sunset Stroll in Crystal Cove State Park

There’s nothing quite like a peaceful walk along the beach to soothe your soul. Crystal Cove State Park offers the perfect setting with its 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and 3.2 miles of sandy beaches. The sound of the waves, the soft sand underfoot and the spectacular sunsets are a natural remedy for holiday stress. If you’re really looking to get your steps in, embark on the Crystal Cove Double Loop—a 12-mile hike that features beautiful views of the ocean and the park’s rolling hills.

Spa Day at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Treat yourself to a day of pampering at The Resort at Pelican Hill—a Tuscan-style, five-star hotel set on 504 acres of stunning coastline. Indulge in world-class spa services, which include massages, facials and body treatments like The Ultimate Detox and Glow Massage and Espresso Scrub Body Ritual. The Spa at Pelican Hill‘s serene environment and top-notch amenities are designed to provide the ultimate relaxation experience.

Set Sail on the Bay

Nothing brings a sense of peace and quite like an afternoon on the water. Embark on a sailing adventure with Newport Beach Sailing Charters and experience a 3-, 4-, or 8-hour journey aboard your very own sailboat. Newport Beach Sailing Charters offers an impressive selection of over nine different vessels, each with a roomy cockpit and high-quality stereos and speakers. Plus, for added convenience, each boat is equipped with a kitchen and a bathroom, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable sailing experience.

Bike the Newport Beach Boardwalk

Ready for a wheely good time? Consider renting a bike from Seaside Bike Rentals and taking a leisurely ride along the Newport Beach Boardwalk. This scenic path runs parallel to the sand and offers sweeping views of the coast. Stop by one of the local restaurants on the Balboa Peninsula for a bite, or hop on the historic Balboa Island Ferry for a ride across the bay. Balboa Island is a charming community with locally owned boutiques and restaurants—aka, the perfect place for a Sunday Funday!

Paddleboard on the Back Bay

The Back Bay’s serene waters set the scene for a relaxing day in nature. Pirate Coast Paddle Company offers all kinds of rentals—from kayaks to stand-up paddleboards. Soak in the salty breeze as you cruise around the bay! Paddleboards start at $20 per hour, while both single and double kayaks can be rented for $30 or less. New to paddleboarding? Take a lesson with their seasoned pros and learn the proper technique and safety skills!

Take a Class at a Local Fitness Studio

Get your sweat on this winter at one of Newport Beach‘s fitness studios! Nothing eases stress and preps you for the new year like some mindful movement, and our city is home to several top-notch workout spots. Practice your breathwork at RA Yoga, feel the burn at Pure Barre or groove to the music with a high-energy kickboxing class at 9Round Fitness. Whatever your exercise of choice may be, Newport Beach‘s selection of fitness classes will meet your needs!

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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