Newport Beach Beaches - Newport Beach California

Newport Beach, Calif. — Why do so many people flock to Newport Beach beaches? Maybe because there are so many beaches to enjoy.  There are the Balboa peninsula beaches, The Wedge, Corona del Mar beaches and Crystal Cove State Beach, plus some back bays and the Newport Dunes.  There are small community beaches, two piers, numerous rental shops for skates, bikes and boards, there's the jetty for awesome surfing, the ferry to Balboa Island and most of all, Newport Beach is the "in" place to go. It always has been. At certain times of day, you can bring your dog to the beach, too!

While its northern beach neighbor (Huntington) boasts 8 miles of uninterrupted sand, and the neighbor to the south (Laguna) claims over 20 neighborhood beaches for visitors to enjoy, Newport Beach proudly contains some of the most scenic settings and beautiful beaches on earth, extending approximately 9 miles from River Beach to Crystal Cove. Add to that the beaches on the harbor and back bay and you'll discover over 15 miles of beaches in Newport Beach!  Ranging from flat sandy, expanses along the peninsula such as Balboa Beach, Newport Municipal Beach and the West Jetty View Park with The Wedge, to cliffs, rocky points and tidepools at Corona del Mar, Newport Dunes and Crystal Cove, how can you not be awed?  What the other surrounding cities lack are the water sports that make Newport Beach so amazing. Boating, kayaking, parasailing, dinner cruises, narrated boat tours, fishing boat excursions and day trips to Catalina Island aboard the Catalina Flyer are unique to Orange County's favorite beach destination.


When going to the beach in Newport Beach, you'll discover incredible charm that make the beaches so alluring. In the peak summer season the traffic can come to a snarl (don't happens at all Southern California beaches), but the rest of the year you'll enjoy wide open spaces, friendly faces and some quaint neighborhoods with multi-million dollar houses next to the beach.  The beaches are all public so feel free to enjoy them.


Balboa Peninsula

Balboa peninsula is a favorite for socializing. You'll find some of the world's most gorgeous women jogging or tanning on these beaches. While TV and movie film productions have painted a picture of such, they easily may have borrowed the material from real life. Not everyone is a model - in fact, most are not (and over 50% of Americans are now overweight). So don't be intimidated. Explore the municipal beaches where you'll find people walking dogs between 5:01 p.m. and 9 a.m. daily, surfers, skaters, bicyclists, joggers, sunbathers, kids building sandcastles (Newport offers sand ideal for building), diners, anglers, and even birds such as pelicans and seagulls, seeking remnants of a meal left by those who forget to cover their food. The peninsula's oceanfront beaches (all public) that begin in the northernmost border of the city at the Santa Ana River and extend to the south, end at the tip of this peninsula at West Jetty View Park and famed "The Wedge".


Back Bays of Balboa Peninsula - small sand lots, some free fishing piers

Balboa Beach - Balboa Boulevard at Balboa Pier. Metered street parking. 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and barbecue grills.

Playgrounds - sand lot with a kids playground is located near the parking lot and restrooms at A Street. Newport Beach Marine Department at 949-644-3044. 

Newport Municipal Beach -Oceanfront at Newport Pier. Metered parking lot and street parking. Open 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits. 

32nd Street Beach in Newport Beach

40th Street Beach in Newport Beach

52nd Street Beach in Newport Beach

Santa Ana River County Beach -in Newport Beach, at Seashore Drive between Summit and 61st Streets. Metered street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards. 

Grant Street surfing

Newport Beach Jetties

West Jetty View Park & The Wedge -on the tip of Balboa Peninsula, at the end of Channel Road in Balboa. Free parking lot. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None. 

The Wedge is a famous body surfing location


Balboa Island

Balboa Island Beaches

Corona del Mar (part of Newport Beach)

Bayside Drive County Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Fernleaf Avenue. Free street parking. Hours: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Rest rooms. 

Ocean  Boulevard and Fernleaf Avenue.   Free street parking.  Hours: 6 am to 10 pm. 

Corona Del Mar State Beach  -  The beach can be reached via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar.  Lifeguards, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits. 

Bonfire pits and fire rings

Inspiration Point Park in Corona del Mar at Ocean Blvd. at Orchid

Little Corona del Mar Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None. 

Lookout Point Park is open to the public and features vistas of the Corona del Mar Main Beach and the Pacific Ocean. It can accommodate small weddings of 20 people or less.

Pirate's Cove - part of Corona del Mar's Main Beach, it is separated by a large rock formation that extends into the Pacific Ocean

Pirate's Cove beach view from above at Lookout Point

Rocky Point in Corona del Mar, at Ocean  Boulevard and Harbor Channel.  Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.

Newport Coast (part of Newport Beach)

Crystal Cove State Park - On north side of Laguna Beach, at  the end of Crescent Bay Drive.  Free street parking. Open:  6 am to 10 pm.  Facilities: Lifeguards and rest rooms. 

Beachcomber Cafe

Shake Shack

Beach Related

Bonfire pits and fire rings in Newport Beach -Corona del Mar

Pet Friendly Newport Beach policies permit dogs on beaches between 5:01 p.m. and 8:59 a.m.

Playgrounds at the beach in Newport Beach


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