Newport Beach is an exclusive community that’s part of Orange County, a district known for its golden beaches, world-class waves and million-dollar mansions. Spend your time beach hopping on the Balboa Peninsula, devouring freshly-caught seafood and strolling around the yacht-strewn harbour.
Things to do in Newport Beach
The Balboa Peninsula is the beating heart of Newport Beach, fringed by white sandy beaches that stretch for over six kilometres. From breezy cafes and rustic crab shacks to sleek cocktail bars and trendy taco shops, you'll find plenty of action clustered around bustling Newport Pier. On the tip of the peninsula is the Wedge, where rolling waves attract surfers and bodyboarders.
For a culture fix, head to the Orange County Museum of Art. It spotlights local talent and is filled with rotating exhibitions. You can also stroll around the sculpture garden, visit the on-site theatre and pick up unique souvenirs at the gift store.
Shoppers will be in their element at Fashion Island, an upscale outdoor mall. It's one of Orange County's biggest shopping centres and is filled with over 200 luxury retailers, including multiple upmarket department stores. You'll also find eateries, a multiplex cinema and bubbling fountains.
Nature lovers can visit Crystal Cove State Park. It's laced with beaches that are great for sunbathing, tide pooling, fishing, kayaking and surfing. Sign up for a scuba diving trip to discover coral-strewn anchors and a submerged wreck of a 1940s US Navy plane.
Getting around Newport Beach
The easiest way to get around Newport Beach and Orange County is by car, and the drive to downtown Los Angeles takes around one hour. Local buses also run from Newport Beach to other Orange County beach towns.