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3 Best Places To Visit In Newport Beach

Newport Beach is a beautiful beachfront city in Orange County, popular among yachters and surfers alike and famous for incredible whale watching experiences. Whether you’re an ocean lover, a shopping fanatic, or a dedicated foodie, there’s something for everyone here. Here are three places we think everyone should visit while in Newport Beach!

The Beaches … Of course

It’s not just a pretty name! Newport Beach is home to some of the most beautiful beach experiences you’ll ever have, no matter what experience you’re looking for. The Corona Del Mar State Beach is perfect for beachgoers looking for a relaxing soak in the water and in the sun, with calm surf and a long stretch of sand. Not to mention, of course, it’s perfect for dazzling pictures.

If adrenaline is more your speed, The Wedge is the spot for you. With some of the largest waves in SoCal, this beach attracts some of the most skilled surfers to take on Mother Nature. Whether you’re one to get under the waves or you just like to watch safely from the beach, this is a great spot to be. (Want see some great footage of The Wedge? Check out the first video in this post on Orange County’s best beaches.)

As we mentioned, Newport Beach is also a fantastic spot for whale watching. Whales migrate through these waters every year. In winter and in early spring, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might catch a glimpse of some breathtaking gray whales.

A Ferris Wheel on Balboa Island - one of the great things to visit in Newport Beach.
The Ferris Wheel on Balboa island sure looks like a lot of fun.

Balboa Island

One of the gems of the community, Balboa Island is a manmade island connected to the mainland by a bridge. You’ll find plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, full of independently owned shops, restaurants, and boutiques. This is where you’ll find the island’s claim to fame by the same name: the Balboa Bar.

It’s a quaint little concept and a great experience for locals and tourists alike. The ferry costs just a few quarters and is a great opportunity to avoid the traffic and enjoy some more time on the water.

Balboa Fun Zone

There’s something about beach scenes with a Ferris wheel that people can’t seem to get enough of, and Newport Beach is one to deliver. The Balboa Fun Zone is a small amusement park that seems to grow bigger and more popular each and every year. The park is intended for children, but with such beautiful views, anyone is bound to have a great time.

These are some of our favorite options for a great time in Newport Beach, but the list is certainly not exhaustive. Did we miss your favorite spot to visit? Let us know!

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