Newport Beach Aerial Photograph
Aerial Photo of Newport Beach, California with Fashion Island

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Newport Beach can be compared to a French Impressionistic painting--it's a magical place with views so stunning, they hardly seem real. Like the Rock of Gibraltar or the French Riviera, cars line up on weekends filled with visitors seeking opportunities to share the dream on a five mile stretch of land referred to locally as the Newport or  Balboa Peninsula.  Intimate sand beaches, a jetty called "The Wedge" where surfers test their skills, two piers, the Fun Zone, Balboa Pavilion, Newport-Balboa Ferry boat, harbor cruises, boat rentals and trips to Catalina Island are but a few of the attractions for people of all ages.

Newport Beach is located 50 miles south of  Los Angeles and 85 miles north of  San Diego in Orange County.  With nearly 22 square miles of ocean and bay, including  several islands, the city offers the greatest variety and number of restaurants with water view dining in all of Orange County. 


Balboa Pavilion (pictured above) is a registered historic structure built in 1905 to coincide with completion of the Pacific Electric Red Car Line. In its early years, it featured big band and swing music with prominent musicians of that era playing in the ballroom. 

Enjoy a ring side seat of the harbor at the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also offers a full bar and is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (breakfast served on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) There's a  gift shop next door to the restaurant, meeting rooms available for special events and  a boat dock with motor boat rentals and fishing. The Pavilion is lined with twinkling white lights at night and is especially beautiful when the Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade travels up and down the harbor in December.


Fashion Island and Atrium Court, located near the tall buildings that included Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Tennis (seen in the distance in top photos) offers upscale and boutique shopping, numerous dining adventures such as Hard Rock Cafe plus a movie theater. 

Framed by the Saddleback Mountains, scenic Newport Beach also has an ecological reserve in the Back Bay which is popular with birders. Stay at the Marriott Suites overlooking the bay, where you can hike, bike, jog and watch birds.

Summers bring outdoor jazz concerts to the center. Next door, the Hyatt Newporter plays host to an annual line up of jazz artists in summer concerts and also hosts several tennis tournaments. Several public golf courses include Newport Beach Golf Course, Hyatt Newporter Golf Course and Pelican Hills Golf Course, home to a televised tournament.


An endless list of celebrities have wined, dined, lived and acted in Newport Beach, beginning first in the Silent Film era of the early 1900's. Historic Balboa Pavilion and the Newport Beach bay, the coves of Corona del Mar and every spot you can imagine have been used in film.


Newport Beach contains numerous communities or villages that include Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, Cannery Village, Corona del Mar, Fashion Island, Lido Marina Village, Mariners Mile and Upper Newport Bay.



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