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The OC Spotlight
Events in The OCmore
Oct 28 2016
Dana Wharf Kids Halloween Boo Cruise
Join us for a haunted 20 minute harbor cruise! Wear your favorite costume! Trips leav...more
Nov 3 2016
Cove Gallery Laguna Beach Art Walk
The Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach is a participating Laguna Beach Art Walk Gallery. C...more
Nov 3 2016
Día de la Tequila! / Thirsty Thursdays
This Day of the Dead Celebration will feature tequila tasting, art-making, viewing of...more
Nov 24 2016
Thanksgiving Day Cruises
Let Hornblower do all the work while you relax and enjoy being with your friends an...more
California Welcome Center - Widget (2)

Newport Pier located at Balboa Peninsula

  • On Balboa Blvd., at Oceanfront and 21st Street.
    Newport Beach CA 92663
  • Phone: (949) 644-3000

Newport Beach offers fine, soft sand with plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy yourself. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers all bask in the warmth of beautiful Southern California winter and summer days. Pelicans and seagulls also enjoy Southern California's year round Mediterranean climate.

Near the base of the Newport Pier is the Dory Fishing Fleet, founded in 1891. The pier offers stunning views to the north toward Huntington Beach, and looking south, you can see another structure, the Balboa Pier. This five-mile stretch of beach boasts a bevy of activities. Swimmers and sunbathers flock to the beach in summer and winter, capping off their day in the sun with a night of casual or fine dining. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular, and surfing off the jetty is prime. The vibe at the Balboa Peninsula is youthful and fun.

This is an ideal place for cycling and skating, but keep in mind that parking is limited and you might have to walk a few blocks to get to the sand. Newport Beach has a lengthy bike trail, which extends around most of the peninsula. Riding along the boardwalk is fun and a great way to check out some of the most expensive real estate in Southern California. Many of the houses on the boardwalk are available for summer rentals, another great option to experience living life on the beach.