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Known as the "Pacific Riviera," the intimate Newport Coast fringes the shimmering Pacific Ocean between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. Gorgeous landscapes abound in this prestigious community, and multiple nature trails wind throughout its carefully preserved open spaces. With an average of 340 days of sunshine per year, the weather is usually perfect for playing the area's two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses, cruising by luxury yacht from Newport Harbor, meandering among the art galleries of nearby Laguna Beach, or enjoying the prime surfing and sunbathing that Newport's spectacular Crystal Cove Beach offers.
Spend a day strolling the quaint streets of Balboa Island to experience Newport Coast like a local. This charming neighborhood is dotted with beachside cottages, stores, and eateries. Its two-mile perimeter walking path offers unobstructed harbor views.
Sail through Newport Harbor past waterfront mansions and out to the sunny waters where sea lions, dolphins, and the occasional whale swim. Keep an eye out for majestic coves along the way that are ideal for anchoring, so you can swim or snorkel.
Newport boasts over 10 miles of top-rated, pristine beaches. For prime sunbathing and watersports, try Corona del Mar or the Balboa Peninsula; meanwhile, nature lovers should head straight to Crystal Cove State Park for hiking, bird watching, and scenic lookouts.
In the winter months, charter a half-day whale-watching excursion with a local adventure operator, such as Davey's Locker in Newport Beach, and marvel at the spectacular seasonal migration of the gray while. In warmer months, spot blue and finback whales.
Head to Andrea at Pelican Hill, a spectacular Northern Italian venue occupying a lofty, Mediterranean-style portico overlooking the Pacific. Dine al fresco at sunset for a night you'll remember forever.
Enjoy a full- or half-day exploring the dazzling waters surrounding the petite Balboa and Lido isles by sailboat, kayak, motorized vessel, or stand-up paddleboard. At mealtime, shore up at one of the area's laid-back restaurants along the bay.
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Head to Balboa Island to try a refreshing treat: a frozen banana hand-dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles or nuts. According to local lore, a dessert stand called Sugar ‘n Spice started the tradition in 1945; it’s still in operation today.
Beginners should probably stay on the beach at this iconic surf spot, named after it’s huge, wedge-shaped waves that often crest at 25 feet high. Still, even from a vantage point on land, you can watch agile surfers navigate the water.
If you’ll be in Newport Beach over the holidays, be sure to check out the Christmas Boat Parade. In a tradition dating back over a century, locals deck out their watercraft with festive lights and cruise them through the harbor.
Newport Beach is an incredibly family-friendly destination. Explore Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest interactive kids’ museum, Balboa Pier, and the Fun Zone — an old-school amusement park with arcade games and an oceanfront Ferris wheel.
The weather at Newport Coast is heavily influenced by its location on the Pacific Ocean, which regulates temperature and results in a Mediterranean-style climate, marked by warmer winter temperatures and cool summer temperatures. Temperatures vary minimally from season to season, particularly when compared to inland cities only a few miles away.