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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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Forever young

I've been riding this ferry from the beach to the island since the 60's when it was $.25. Still the same, except longer lines for autos(3@a time) at busy times like weekends... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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591 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been riding this ferry from the beach to the island since the 60's when it was $.25. Still the same, except longer lines for autos(3@a time) at busy times like weekends. There's minimal parking on the island, so you might want to walk on or take a bike. If you're driving you can meander across the island and egress... More 

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Thank Mike K
Hong Kong Region, China
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best way to access Newport Beach Peninsula from Newport Center...a short walk around Balboa Island and then a quick hop onto the Ferry gets you to the beach in no time!

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Thank DavidHK2002
California
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ferry is open air, only holds three cars, and is a great way to go between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. I recommend walking on to enjoy the views.

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Thank 123nm2014
Springfield, Missouri
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134 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Inexpensive means of getting to Balboa Island, CA. IF you are driving a large truck be sure to pull in your mirrors so they don't hit anything as you drive onto the ferry!

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Thank alr464
Amherstburg, Canada
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For only a dollar, this is a fun way to get from the island to the peninsula. Riding at sunset gave an fantastic view of the harbour

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Mankato, Minnesota
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been taking the Balboa Island Ferry since before I was born. And I still take it at least once whenever I visit Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula. It hasn't changed much and it's still there, thank heavens!

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Thank Redjackco
Anaheim, California
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92 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A crossing on the Balboa Ferry always brings back fond memories of vacationing on Balboa Island a week each summer as a child. Riding across the water to the amusement zone was the highlight of every afternoon. Although the amusement zone isn't what it used to be, the Ferry is still a quick and charming way to cross fome the... More 

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colorado
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the ferry from Newport Beach to Balboa Island. Fun activity, great view, helpful personnel and saved us time when we wanted to quickly get back to Coast Highway.

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Thank Anne G
Billings, Montana
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was fun cheap different. Easy to get on and off even I n our rental car. We didn't have to drive back by doing this ferry. It was fun.

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Cambria, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok maybe its a little cheesy but a great way to spend a few minutes. Drive on, shut down. Take a selfie. Get in and cruise on.

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