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Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA
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Type: Islands
Activities: Shopping, Motor-boating, Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife
Description: Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
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CA, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Parking is tricky. Fun shopping, great for walk around the island-beautiful homes to view. Several good restaurants to choose from and a great ferry ride to the peninsula, take your car or walk on the ferry!

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Delhi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is an area of Newport Beach, actually comprising three modified or artificial islands in Newport Harbour: Balboa Isle, the largest; the smaller Little Balboa Isle to the east of Balboa Isle, joined by a two-lane bridge; and the smallest Collins Isle to the northwest of Balboa Isle, joined by a one-lane bridge. The Balboa Isle community is joined to... More

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Anaheim, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Love just strolling the island, looking at the amazing houses and waterways. Go to the main drag for amazing restaurants, shops and people watching.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to wander, nice shops too. It is lovely to walk around and just take in the houses. Cars are very courteous to the pedestrians too.

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Was on vacation here with my folks in 1958. Saw Alfred Hitchcock. It was a very cook vacation. Also was on Pinkly Lee's show that vacation. A little too crowded now.

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Unique little island with a sea wall walk around the entire island. Beautiful restored homes and quaint shops. Well worth a visit.

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Calgary, Alberta
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you want the beach and the surfer scene, go here! :) Watch the waves, walk by the shore, eat and drink among the locals!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Typical tourist trap but have lunch on the deck of the Newport Landing restaurant and just watch the utter chaos of the harbor. It's crazy, a wreck waiting to happen really.

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Antioch, Illinois, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Pretty views, typical tourist shops, decent places to eat. Nice beaches. Spent a few hours here, the pier is nice to see but I wouldn't spend a whole day here.

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New Jersey
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152 reviews 152 reviews
31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a small island tucked away near Newport Beach in California, with shops and restaurants. Also there is a fun car ferry from the island to Newport Beach, which is not expensive. We drove north and went on to Balboa Island, ate and walked around and shopped. We then took the ferry to Newport Beach. We then parked and... More

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