Newport Beach, CA

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Newport Beach which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes
This chic, oceanfront community is famous for its beautiful surf, views and homes.

Before a railway started bringing beachgoers here in 1905, this stretch of coastline was dismissed as unusable. Today it’s one of the jewels of Orange County. 

A magnet for water-sport enthusiasts, the waves here are busy with body boarders and surfers. The most famous spot at the eastern end of Balboa Peninsula is dubbed The Wedge due to its monstrous summer waves. The gentler waters of Newport Harbor are dotted with sailboats, paddleboards and kayaks. You can even rent a gondola for a romantic, guided harbor cruise. The waterway is also home to one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. West Coast. More than 9,000 boats are permanently docked in the 21-square-mile (54-square-kilometer) area.

One of Newport Beach’s iconic landmarks is the boardwalk, a waterfront path stretching for almost three miles (five kilometers). The path also runs alongside luxurious residences, some owned by celebrities. During the peak summer months, the boardwalk is an especially busy thoroughfare with scores of skateboarders, rollerbladers and cyclists. Keep your wits about you if you are out for a leisurely stroll.

Most of the tourist activity is around the waterfront. To shop where the affluent locals do, head five miles (eight kilometers) inland to Fashion Island. This outdoor shopping area, located in the central business district, covers 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters). It has 200 shops including department stores Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The lavishly landscaped area includes a 20,000-gallon (75,708-liter) koi pond, 40 restaurants and a movie theater complex. 

For a bird’s-eye view of Newport Beach, hop on the old-fashioned Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone. This is one of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement parks, complete with bumper cars and a carousel. You’ll find it on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.

Newport Beach is located 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Santa Ana.

Where to stay in Newport Beach

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
4500 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
The price is ¥28,403 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"This hotel is close to Highway and 15 minutes away from Newport Beach. Good location. Feel very safe. Many people to work in front desk and outside front door. That means check in is a breeze and there are always people greeted me and opened the door of my car. Valet is easy. Most people working ..."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill
5 out of 5
22701 Pelican Hill Road S, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥175,515 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"Property is beautiful and relaxing. Had some issues with our room; refrigerator was broken and A/C didn’t work. Staff brought us a loaner fridge and they got the A/C working on the second night. Room service took almost two hours and it took 50 minutes and a complaint to the manager to get drinks ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
4 out of 5
1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Fully refundable
The price is ¥38,968 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star golf resort in Newport Beach. Enjoy 3 outdoor pools, a golf course, and 3 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Of course lack of staff made the maid service sketchy. We always had to call to get towels etc. every where else the service was great."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA, 92657
The price is ¥162,740 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (712 reviews)
"Check out time is too early"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach
Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach
3.5 out of 5
690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Stay at this 3.5-star spa apartment in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a nightclub. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Great location and ocean view. Staff is friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach
Balboa Condos by ELVR
Balboa Condos by ELVR
3.5 out of 5
1007 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92661
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Newport Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Balboa Pier and Corona del Mar State Beach ...
1.7/5 (7 reviews)
Don't stay here.
"This is literally the worst accommodation I've ever paid money to stay at. I couldn't stop saying to myself--"this is a joke". In fact, after a single night, I paid to move to another facility, forfeiting my prepaid fee for the planned four nights at this location."

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Balboa Condos by ELVR
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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