Newport Beach

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Newport Beach which includes landscape views, tropical scenes and a sandy beach
This chic, oceanfront community is famous for its beautiful surf, views and houses.

This stretch of coastline was dismissed as unusable until a railway was built in 1905 to bring beachgoers. Today it is one of the jewels of California’s Orange County.

Popular with water-sport enthusiasts, the waves here are packed with body boarders and surfers. The waves at the eastern end of Balboa Peninsula (dubbed “The Wedge”) are monstrous in summer—for calmer waters, head to Newport Harbour, which is popular with sailboats, paddleboards and kayaks. If you want to sit back and let someone else do the work, you can rent a gondola for a romantic, guided harbour cruise. Much more than just a dock, this is one of the largest recreational boat harbours on the US West Coast.

Newport Beach’s boardwalk is the centre of life here, and it comes alive with scores of skateboarders, rollerbladers and cyclists zooming along during the peak summer months—keep your wits about you if you are out for a leisurely stroll. Most of the tourist activity is around the waterfront—grab a bite here or pick up some souvenirs from the stalls along the shoreline.

If you want to get away from the beach, head inland to Fashion Island, where the glamorous locals come to shop. This outdoor shopping area, located in the central business district, has 200 shops including US department stores Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The lavishly landscaped area includes an enormous koi pond, 40 restaurants and a cinema complex and is the perfect place for some retail therapy after all that time in the sun.

For an unusual view over Newport Beach, head out to the Balboa Peninsula and hop onto the old-fashioned Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone. One of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement parks, it offers traditional seaside entertainment like bumper cars and a carousel.

Newport Beach is located 16 kilometres south of downtown Santa Ana.

Where to stay in Newport Beach

Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
4 out of 5
4545 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
The price is RM688 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
RM688
per night
25 Feb - 26 Feb
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,020 reviews)
"The lobby is nice, clean and looks updated. Front desk person was very accommodating, we’re offered complimentary champagne upon arrival. Our room is also nice and clean and I love that there’s a chiller. The bed was too soft for us but we had a good stay and will definitely recommend to others."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2023

Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2300 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, 92663
The price is RM720 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb
RM720
per night
12 Feb - 13 Feb
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,037 reviews)
"Close to many dining options, good to have reservations. Close to the Balboa and within walking distance."

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2023

Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach, an IHG Hotel
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
The price is RM1,337 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
RM1,337
per night
28 Feb - 1 Mar
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (734 reviews)
"Rooms are really spacious. Beautiful property."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2023

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (734 reviews)
"Rooms are really spacious. Beautiful property."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2023

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Balboa Condos by ELVR
Balboa Condos by ELVR
3.5 out of 5
1007 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92661
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Balboa Pier and Balboa Fun Zone are located ...
2/5 (9 reviews)
Great location
"I rented the 2 (1.5) bedroom. The room stated that it had 2 queen beds and a sofa bed. It had one queen bed, a futon and a sofa bed. I don’t think you can say that a futon is a queen bed especially when it is warped with a bar in the middle. If you have a young child that plans to sleep on it, it ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2022

Balboa Condos by ELVR
Amazing Family Friendly Newport Beach Home - 1 Block To Ocean (C2)
Amazing Family Friendly Newport Beach Home - 1 Block To Ocean (C2)
4 out of 5
211 Colton Street, Newport Beach, CA, 92663
Stay at this 4-star holiday home in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Balboa Peninsula Beaches and Huntington State ...
Amazing Family Friendly Newport Beach Home - 1 Block To Ocean (C2)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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