Newport Beach Real Estate
Part unspoiled nature, part manmade wonder, and part luxury paradise, Newport Beach enchants every type of traveler to its glowing shores. Trendsetters flock to the shopping havens of open-air Fashion Island, the seaside shops of Corona Del Mar and the new developments in Newport Coast. The estuary on Back Bay is a birder’s paradise, while hikers favor the protected beach at Crystal Cove. Surfers catch the best breaks on The Wedge while families enjoy the Fun Zone on Balboa Peninsula.
Best Time to Go to Newport Beach
Newport Beach is great almost any time of year, but like most of the California coast is susceptible to “June Gloom” when the sun may not come out for days on end.
Newport is also lots of fun at Christmas time when you can watch the affluent oceanfront community’s version of a small-town Christmas parade, featuring lighted boats in the harbor.
Things to Do in Newport Beach
Visit Balboa Island: You can drive to Balboa Island directly over a bridge, but if you’re on the peninsula, take the ferry instead and go for a walk. Balboa Island’s streets are lined with cottages arranged in neat rows. Marine Avenue, the island’s only shopping area, offers a variety of wares, from handmade kites to resort wear.
Go To Balboa Beach: Some people think Balboa Peninsula’s beach is one of the urban beaches in the country. Whether to spend your time on the ocean side or harbor side could be the most difficult decision of your day. The Wedge, at the ocean side tip of Balboa Peninsula, is famous for bodysurfing. Nearby, Corona del Mar State Beach sits below protective cliffs; the sand littered with beachgoers.
Take a Walk on the Pier: Newport Beach has two piers to do it on. The Balboa Pier is near the Fun Zone on Balboa Island, and the Newport Beach Pier is just a little north where early risers stop by the Dory Fleet Fish Market. It opens at 6:30 a.m. when the fishermen bring in their catch.
Take a Harbor Cruise: Float past waterfront homes, each with a private boat dock, and listen to the captain’s gossip-column stories of today and yesterday. You’ll pass cottages so small you’d have to go outside just to change your mind and million dollar mansions divided by sibling squabbles. The Fun Zone Boat Company is the best way to go. You can also take a sunset dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises.
Get in Some Water Play: Go parasailing with Balboa Parasail. Or rent a water toy, jetski or stand up paddleboard from Balboa Watersports. The Wedge at the end of the Balboa Peninsula is popular for bodysurfing, while traditional surfers cluster near the Balboa Pier.
Stroll at Sherman Library and Gardens: Don’t let the name fool you – it has more plants than books. This little jewel box of a garden is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
Rent a Duffy Boat: Invented in Newport Beach, these cute little boats were designed to be quiet, ecologically friendly, and easy to operate in the calm water. Duffy of Newport Beach is the original company, but you can also find them for rent at the Balboa Fun Zone or on the island.