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Visited for an hour, walked around the area, sampled the frozen bananas. Well worth a visit, nice... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Dusk stroll

Walk around the island on the water side at dusk. The houses are lit inside and the sun is just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Carlos, California
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“frozen banana”(92 reviews)
“the main street”(79 reviews)
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Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 August 2005

We went to Balboa Fun Zone in Aug. 2005, and it was great. It was only a 15 min. drive from Disneyland. We parked in the community parking lot $8 and had a picnic dinner on the beach, then after watching my daughter splash around...More

45  Thank keena2000
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 December 2013

this place is a man card violation. All this place has is lame, stupid boutiques, and junk gift shops for tourists. There's no parking, it's crowded. Many people are snobby. The Starbucks here is even sub par. The only redeeming factor of this city is...More

5  Thank Baldono
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited for an hour, walked around the area, sampled the frozen bananas. Well worth a visit, nice waterfront to explore.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walk around the island on the water side at dusk. The houses are lit inside and the sun is just glowing on the western horizon. It is how the 1% live, and it looks wonderful.

Thank Larryv501
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to stroll, shop and eat ... whether it's a full meal or just a frozen banana. Unique among the islands, Balboa Island offers strollers a pedestrian walkway that circles both the big and little islands. The walkway, about 2.8 miles in total,...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balboa Island is one of my favorite places! I lived a few blocks away snd walked the two islands daily! At the crack of dawn you can sometimes see and hear the sea lions greeting the day with joy and in Spring discover little brown...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breathe the fresh air and wear your walking shoes or sandals! This cute island offers a ton of shops, coffee and restaurants. If you take the ferry, right as you get off, there’s a chocolate strawberry stand. Those are literally the best strawberries I have...More

Thank Mayra D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small place but nice to visit. Lots of boats to look at. The small streets are busy with traffic, but we readily found a space to park when we visited on a week day. Not sure what’s its like on a weekend. There is a...More

Thank 465RobertH465
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the ferry over to meet with a group of friends to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view of the boats.

Thank mamiefiere
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We went about 9am, and could not find any parking. We drove thru the main drag and then back out. Lots of people were there enjoying the food and stores, so I gave it a average...bad for us, good for others

Thank ranles76
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Only Island in Newport Beach with a public Boardwalk. If you do both Islands, it's 2.5 miles. Great views of the harbor and waterfront homes. The downtown area has a variety of local shops and independent restaurants.

Thank Renato L
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We spent a delightful afternoon walking through neighborhoods and past cute shops. Be sure to have a Balboa bar (a chocolate dipped ice cream bar). Stop and rest on a park bench or have a drink at a family cafe. This is a beautiful, pedestrian...More

Thank 357janam
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10 April 2018|
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Response from Carolyn B | Reviewed this property |
21 oceanfront at the Newport Pier
10 April 2018|
Response from Jeanette B | Reviewed this property |
The bar - restaurant with ocean view at Balboa Resort is nice too
20 May 2017|
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Response from ooiioo | Reviewed this property |
Balboa Island is in Newport Beach which is part of Orange County. Orange County is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.