California--In the same building with the Balboa Island
Historical Museum is a long time favorite grocery and
convenience market, Island Market.
When visiting Newport
Beach, you have to take a few hours and participate in one of
our favorite walks, the Balboa Island promenade called Bayfront.
The walkway wanders for 10 short blocks, or .6 miles, from the
Ferry to Marine Avenue shops on Balboa Island.
If you start your journey
on foot with your car parked on the Balboa peninsula (you can
drive onto the ferry, as well,) hop aboard the ferry. It takes
only a few minutes to get across the bay on the ferry (charges
about $1 each way for walk-ons), and take a stroll along the bay
front that overlooks Balboa Pavilion.
As you depart the ferry on
the island side of the ride, you'll see a nice set of public
restrooms and a market with sodas and sandwiches. Island Market
with the blue awning includes a walk-up window where you can
order burgers, sandwiches and Mexican food. You can also
get sodas, buy beer, wine and staples.
One of two general stores
on the island (the other is
Hershey's Market), the grocery and convenience shop serves not only
a huge number of tourists, but also locals living on the island
who can walk over to the shop to pick something up.
In the same building as
the Island Market, there's a museum to get you versed in island
history before you take a stroll. Unfortunately the museum isn't
open every day, so it is the luck of the draw. It's also
arrange tours by calling ahead. So you've made your bathroom
stop, you've picked a soda up, and you know all about Balboa
Bars. Now you are ready to walk....
Marine Avenue and surrounding streets
are filled with more than 70 gift shops, galleries and restaurants.