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Balboa Island Ferry

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Address: 410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
Phone Number: (949) 673-1070
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Excellent ferry, they keep those suckers going back and forth fast. Reviews complaining about the dollar per person charge are, to be polite, a bit amusing. Yes, it's a dollar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Ferry was Nice but very Short. We ride round trip and didn't have to wait at all. Our children liked it.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent ferry, they keep those suckers going back and forth fast. Reviews complaining about the dollar per person charge are, to be polite, a bit amusing. Yes, it's a dollar per person. Have you ever paid a full-time skipper, gas prices, upkeep, licenses, permits, etc., for a boat ferry capable of carrying cars? No? It actually costs money.

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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The ferry is simply fun. It is short and sweet, but a fun way to cross the channel over to the island. You can take bikes, walk or drive your car. The cost is minimal and it is a fun activity while in Newport and Balboa.

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It is a very short trip but a must do if you have never been. It is great to just walk on or ride your bike onto it. We always take company from out of town there and shop in the little stores on Balboa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite things to do in the OC. It reminds of an earlier time in the area, before everything turned to plastic. You can actually drive around, because Balboa ?Island is really a peninsula (Like Coronado Island in San Diego area), but where is the fun in that? Actually, driving one direction and taking the ferry the other... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

You can walk on the ferry and it will take you over to Balboa. It runs every few minutes back and forth. It's a dollar per person each way. Cars are extra if you want to take your car but parking is so hard I'd suggest parking on the Newport Beach side and take the ferry to Balboa. When you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The ferry only holds a couple of cars and passengers. It takes less than 5 minutes to cross the short span of water, but saves about an 8 mile drive from the island to some nice restaurants on the peninsula.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The ferry is always fun. Its a nice way to get to the Newport Pier and all the touristic places on the island.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nostalgic fun, I have used it since I was a kid. Grab a Balboa bar and cross the harbor. Just something I always do when I go home.

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St. George, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My kids loved being on the ferry. It was only about a dollar to bring the kids across. You can bring bikes. dogs and even cars. We could have driven but chose the ferry. Parking on the island was a bit of a challenge but if you look a few blocks away you will find something. We will definitely repeat!

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