Newport Beach
Newport Beach
4.5
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Known for its shoreline and seafood restaurants, Newport Beach is more than just sand and surf. This coastal city in South Orange County, California, is a vibrant playground of attractions and activities. Newport Beach also marks the first stop of many Hollywood tours, and you may recognize its surroundings from hit shows like 'The O.C.' and 'Arrested Development'. Hop on a whale-watching cruise to spot blue whales and bottlenose dolphins, catch some waves at the popular surfing spot The Wedge, or stroll down a picturesque boardwalk to Balboa Island, where you’ll find a variety of charming local businesses. – Tripadvisor
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thehungryexpat2015
269 contributions
Aug 2023
This place doesnt dissapoint at all. Its exaclty like it was depicted in the movies and tv shows. New port beach is stunning.
Written 12 September 2023
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william h
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Solo
Great place to visit but be prepared for the parking. It's Hell, use the app and Got hacked And had to cancel 2 credit cards. Try using the 800 number. But they hung up on me twice. There's gotta be a better way to pay for parking. I would download the app before Even thinking about going good luck.
Written 20 August 2023
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lindsay0215
Pittsburgh, PA1,082 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We love going to Newport Beach however the marine layer put a slight damper on the day. We’re used to the blue sky sunny CA beach day so the marine layer was a new experience. Someone suggested checking the beach cams before you head out. Still a nice day at the beach.
Written 17 July 2023
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J H
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This port is too crowed. It is short of parking and you have to pay for everything. Its whale watching business is also fake ... it almost ruined my vacation. Luckly I found mission beach. It is much better place to go.
Written 2 July 2023
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Sam Lefler
3 contributions
Oct 2022
Typical southern California beach town with limited parking and expensive hotels. The ocean side has wide flat sandy beach.
Written 25 October 2022
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Jeff B
Hemet, CA5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Newport Beach is a beach untouched By Time
It's an Awesome place to hang out catch some sun play in the Water grab a snack or Dinner at of the the many restaurants I suggest Moma D's it's A Delicious Italian food Restaurant the best in Southern California
There's also Charlie's Chili' next to the Pier.
California has the most beautiful coast line so yeah check out Newport Beach
Written 26 September 2022
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA1,290 contributions
Jul 2022 • Business
The great beach city of California that offers something for everybody. Wonderful beach, harbor, shopping and coastal living.
Written 1 September 2022
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David M
Vero Beach, FL11,080 contributions
May 2022
The beach can have different surf conditions at different spots, so it's worth checking if you want to enjoy the water. Parking is erratic. There is some free parking nearly everywhere, but most is pay, on a system that outsiders may have difficulty figuring out.

The south end of the beach from Balboa Pier to the Wedge tends to be steep and, when it has waves, they're fairly noxious shorebreak. The area around 13-15 street and the jetties north of Newport Pier westward tend to be better. If there's surf (erratic) the jetty at the south end of Balboa Peninsula has a patch of waves when there's a south swell. The Wedge. It can be a spectacle, and on big days, it's advisable for would-be spectators to arrive before dawn. Most of the time, there's plenty of street parking down there.
Written 2 June 2022
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GlobeTrotterNL1
Peterborough, Canada704 contributions
Mar 2022 • Business
A lovely evening was spend walking along the pier and beach at Newport Beach! It felt like the stereotypical California experience. It was a wonderful place to visit!
Written 8 April 2022
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Dave G
West Kelowna, Canada33 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Only my second visit to Newport Beach, and so glad we returned. Newport Beach is amazing. Recommend renting a bike, and exploring miles of bike lane along Beach. Travelled from south end of Newport Beach, to north end of Huntington Beach in an afternoon, on rented e-bike. So much fun, and e-bike definitely recommended.

Newport has great restaurants for seafood, Italian, Mexican food, and many more.

Will be back.
Written 19 March 2022
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