From east to west and north to south, the city of Newport Beach is one of the most beautiful communities on the western coast of California. Newport Beach is comprised of seven distinct villages, each reflecting an upscale and casual lifestyle of the area. Boasting long stretches of beaches framed with seaside cliffs, majestic mountain views, artsy galleries, cultural landmarks and chic boutiques, Newport Beach is urban living at its finest.
This picturesque peninsula is a three-mile stretch bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. Balboa Peninsula is renowned for “The Wedge,” one of the best bodysurfing areas in the world. Also known for its boardwalk, the Ocean Front Walk, it is a mecca for roller bladers, bicyclists and leisurely strollers. It’s a seafaring area with plenty of fisherman reeling their lines at the foot of Newport Pier. Just at the foot of the pier is the historic McFadden Square, named for the McFadden family that helped found the city and the Dory Fishing Fleet. Here, local fisherman bring in fresh seafood on a daily basis. Just one mile south of the Newport Pier is the city of Balboa. Locals can fish from Balboa Pier, visit the historic Balboa Pavilion or enjoy a day at the Balboa Fun Zone. There’s also the ferry for a quick trip over to Balboa Island.
Lido Marina Village
Lido Marina Village is an enchanting shopping area with sidewalk bistros, waterfront dining, designer shops, the historic Lido Theater and stunning views of the harbor. Adding to the charm of the village is The Cannery. The Cannery was a former fish canning establishment that still stands today. Just over the bridge is the quaint neighborhood of Lido Isle, which sits on one of the seven islands of Newport Harbor. Many of the homes in Lido Isle rest on sloping hills with panoramic vistas of the ocean.
Mariner’s Mile is a commercial section of Coast Highway located between Dover Drive and the Arches Interchange. Along the streets there are high-end yacht brokerages, automobile dealerships, marine supply stores and a nice mix of restaurants and retail chains. This area also houses the renowned Balboa Bay Club and Resort. Laid out on 15 waterfront acres, this exclusive club offers spectacular bay views, a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center, private beach, golf and private restaurants on premise. Upscale and upmarket, this spectacular club stretches along the bay like a sprawling Mediterranean villa.
The section known as Balboa Island is made up of three islands, Collins Island, Little Balboa Island and Balboa Island. Marine Avenue is the main street and is trimmed with fine restaurants, trendy art galleries and chic boutiques. The island is well-known for its winding walking path that encircles the perimeter, its annual Art Walk, the annual Balboa Island Parade and best of all its legendary Balboa Bar that serves up homemade ice-cream with delectable toppings.
Corona Del Mar
Also known as the Crown of the Sea, Corona Del Mar is home to the famous Robert E. Badham Marine Conservation Area and the gorgeous Corona Del Mar State Beach. Snorkeling, scuba diving and jet skiing are just a few of the fun watersports enjoyed at the beach. Inspiration Point and Lookout Point offer scenic vistas of the Newport Harbor and ocean. Located a few blocks inland, the downtown area features international restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Corona Del Mar is also home to the historic landmark of the Sherman Library and Gardens. The garden is a horticultural retreat and a showcase of beautiful botanical plants, cascading water fountains and fun rock areas for kids to play.
Newport Center is another unique section featuring both high and mid-rise residential and office buildings. Many of the condo complexes offer stunning views of the water and lux amenities. The famed Fashion Island Mall is located in this area. Anchored with Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, this expansive mall has 200 unique shops with plenty of restaurants, a cinema and the Venetian Carousel.
A new village, Newport Coast was annexed into the city of Newport Beach in 2002. Upscale homes and hotels line the rolling hills of the Pelican Hill Golf Course and offer breathtaking vistas of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Tucked between the ocean and Coast Highway, the historic Crystal Cove State Park includes three miles of magnificent coastline. Located in the historic district, there are many restored cottages from the 1930s which can be rented year round.