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Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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1 - 10 of 995 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Fun, relaxing commercial center... cute boutiques, restaurants and dessert stands. Walk to the end and then along the water to enjoy amazing homes and boats. Then take the ferry over to the peninsula and enjoy a ride on a Ferris wheel. Quaint and relaxing.

Thank R S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited friend living in Newport, and stayed in a rented home on the island. Plenty to do and lots to see. Took my son sailing, went fishing off the pier, ate at some great restaurants and had an all round great time. The island...More

Thank dean k
Reviewed 1 week ago

We come over here when visiting over Christmas Holiday. The island is small and the parking is tight but there is a yearly Christmas eve (I think) Santa motorcycle parade. They dress in Santa suits and drive through the town in a group and the...More

1  Thank readerlady
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only have I lived on the Island in the past for 3 years, I still visit quite frequently. There are cute little shops and new restaurants. I do wish they would update the yogurt shop. This is a great place to see. Walking the...More

Thank Darese S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In my opinion this little island is cute but certainly not worth battling the traffic or parking hassles. I enjoyed my frozen banana a beer and a few shops then needed to escape the crowds.

Thank ithaca75
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our kids, 7,8,9 and 18 loved the ferry ride. It was neat to drive on and float across the bay. There are cute shops and restaurants available. We enjoyed our trip.

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't spend near enough time here. Came around 4.30-7pm. It was perfect for a late day stroll. The town is too cute. I want to go back and rent a house for sure. The downtown is so neat!

Thank fireflyadt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk around the entire island, not only the main shopping street. The entire walk is very easy, with benches along the way. Takes about an hour of casual walking. Great views from both sides of the island. Parking on the island can be challenging, especially...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small but intriguing island--homes on the sea to rent, small good venues to eat, little shops to wander, and the ferry to the end of Newport Beach and Newport Beach Peninsula. Enjoyable for couples and families.

Thank Mary Leonide S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even as local, I enjoy the ferry! As a native in orange county, and living in the Newport area for the last 25 years, even I will jump on the ferry once a month or so if I am already on the island and needing...More

Thank AdventureTravelJunky
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20 May 2017|
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Response from ooiioo | Reviewed this property |
Balboa Island is in Newport Beach which is part of Orange County. Orange County is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Wendy C
16 July 2016|
Response from Jenn92663 | Reviewed this property |
Take jamboree exit and it dead ends and you'll be there.
28 April 2015|
Response from gotall | Reviewed this property |
There are not Pedi cabs but there are benches. Benches are placed regularly along the sidewalk that rings the island. There are also benches on Marine Ave., some shaded by trees.