Newport Beach

Sandwiched between Huntington and Laguna, Newport Beach is one of the most beautiful areas along the coast in all of Orange County. This community features over six miles of sandy beaches, fancy yachts, and breathtaking sights and views.

The Balboa Peninsula is a place of refuge for summer beach lovers. This long, uninterrupted stretch of white sand stretches throughout the entire peninsula and offers two piers: Newport and Balboa. The main beach path is a hit for bikers, skaters, and pedestrians and stretches approximately seven miles. Balboa Island features over 70 gift shops, restaurants, and museums and is a cheap ferry ride over from the peninsula.

The Balboa Fun Zone, also located at the southern part of the peninsula, is a great place for children to let loose. The Fun Zone offers a ferris wheel, bungee cord, lazer tag, arcades, boat rides, and plenty of restaurants and tourists shops. The Fun Zone Boat Company, as well as is a perfect place to rent electric boats to cruise around the harbor for a few hours and view some of the multimillion dollar homes enclosing the harbor.

Newport Landing Sportfishing offers a wide variety of marine fishing tours and expeditions, including half-day, three-quarter day, and twilight trips. These crafts are equipped with some of the most fancy fish-locating gear available, so you’re guaranteed to experience some live action.

Surfers from all over the world visit Newport to surf some of the best waves the country has to offer. The infamous Wedge, which is popular for expert surfers who are brave enough to surf these ten foot waves, is also a great place to whale watch between February and April.

Upper Newport Bay State Ecological Reserve is an 892-acre preserve that offers kayaking, canoeing, hiking and cycling. These wetlands are the largest in coastal Southern California. The best month to visit this Ecological Reserve is in November, where you will find over 200 species of water birds migrating at their peak. Next door to the Ecological Reserve, you will find Newport Dunes RV Park, where you can learn to sail, paddleboard, and kayak around this 15-acre lagoon. This RV park is packed with amenities, convenience stores, freshwater swimming pools, a spa, clubhouse, and even tennis courts.

Fashion Island, located a few miles inland, offers a wide variety of shopping and restaurants. Featuring over 200 clothing and accessory stores, Fashion Island is also home to over 40 restaurants and movie theatres, all within a charming, picturesque setting of palm trees and fountains. Here you will find distinctive shops that mingle with the more well known chain stores. Unique and more pleasant than South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island is a wonderful location to same the latest shopping fashions, catch a movie, and experience a relaxing day without sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on Rodeo Drive.

While Newport Beach offers a variety of diverse restaurants, none may be more well liked than The Arches, which is painted in barn red, so its easy to spot from the Pacific Coast Highway. This landmark has been around for more than 70 years and used to have real arches until a fire destroyed the old structure. Former Newport resident John Wayne was a frequent guest of this restaurant, which was also a popular hotspot for celebrities back in the 50’s and 60’s.

Newport Beach Real estate prices can range from $160,000 up to $25 million, depending on your price range. Newport offers several open houses to the public, with a few preconstruction sites popping up due to renovations within the area. The area is served by the Newport Mesa Unified School District, and offers 7 private and 9 public schools to children who live within the area.