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Balboa Island Ferry

410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-1070
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Outdoors
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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, United States
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120 reviews 120 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This was such a great find! We so enjoy riding on the ferry and looking at all the Christmas Lights. We just kept going on the ferry to eat and to do things on the Island,

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austin,Texas
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158 reviews 158 reviews
36 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

small, and easy access to precious balboa island, great lights during x mass. Water front homes are charming as you walk 10 minutes to the shopping district, famous for frozen chocolate dipped bananas

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california
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I prefer to go to Balboa Island by driving and parking on the peninsula and taking the ferry over to the Island. It is a much more relaxed way to get there.

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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You can take this ferry instead of driving all the way around. For $2.00 for a driver and vehicle, and $1.00 per passenger after that, that's cheap. It's also quick!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

$1.00 per person - each way. It was a quick ride, but a good deal considering the cost of things today.

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Metamora, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a small [3 vehicle ferry] that shortens the trip between the peninsula and the island. $2.00/ veh. & driver and $1.00 for each additional person.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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416 reviews 416 reviews
207 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We took this interesting short ride across the bay. The $3 per trip for driving the car on to the ferry and took the 10 minutes ride was an experience. The ferry can only takes 3 cars at one time therefore waiting was required for most trip. While across the bay, photo opportunity was great.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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360 reviews 360 reviews
113 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Love the Ferry going from the Fun Zone at Balboa Beach to Balboa Island. FUN. We have taken the ferry for OVER 50 years. Love it.

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Costa Mesa, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Take the ferry from the island to the peninsula just for the experience, it is perfect and inexpensive. There is no better way to see the former Fun Zone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

No better way to start the day than taking the ferry over to the beach to play volleyball! At the same time feeling like you've stepped back in time riding the ferry the short three minutes across the beautiful harbor

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