Newport Beach

Newport Beach


Newport Beach is located south of Huntington Beach and its main geographical feature is the mouth of the Santa Ana River that provides a magnificent delta which opens up to the Lower Bay, commonly referred to as Newport Harbor. This is a great area to spy wildlife such as sea lions, harbor seals, various seabirds, and the occasional dolphin. The Lower Bay encompasses a series of small islands, including Balboa Island, Bay Island, Harbor Island, Lido Isle and Linda Isle. On Balboa Island is the Fun Zone which consists of an arcade, amusement park and nautical museum. To get a closer look at the bay, take a harbor cruise at midday or at sunset. Gain tidbits of knowledge about the area from the friendly captain and crew about celebrities in the area and local wildlife.

The Wedge is located on the south end of the Balboa Peninsula, famously noted for its impressively large waves that lure fearless surfers, body boarders, and body surfers. The size of the waves is an artificial consequence of the man-made rock jetty on the north side of Newport Harbor in combination with south-swell conditions. The result: monster waves. The sand is notoriously riddled with flippers, mangled leashes, and other artifacts of failed challengers of the Wedge.

Other activities of interest include Fashion Island, Newport Pier, Pelican Hill Golf Club, Crystal Cove State Beach, Orange County Museum of Art, whale watching, bird watching, fishing, and the Newport Sports Museum. Be sure to venture out and discover Newport after sundown. The pubs and bars are prime places to kick back and chat with the locals or fellow travelers. If you are looking to get your groove on, check out dance clubs like Focus Night at Tapas, Red Nightclub, or Avec Nightclub for professional DJs that spin house, trance, electro, Chicago, funk and more.

Corona del Mar
Corona del Mar is a neighborhood in Newport Beach that encompasses all the homes that face the ocean on the San Joaquin Hills. Although it is incorporated under Newport Beach, the neighborhood’s identity is strong enough that the post office accepts a mailing address labeled as Corona del Mar. Beaches in this area include Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park.




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