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Address: Newport Beach, CA
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Activities: Shopping, Motor-boating, Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife
Description: Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement...
Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
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Magical Island

This little island is really like a film set. The houses along the water's edge were so quaint and obviously a lot if money. The main street had shops and restaurants with every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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L'Alfas del Pi, Spain
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L'Alfas del Pi, Spain
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This little island is really like a film set. The houses along the water's edge were so quaint and obviously a lot if money. The main street had shops and restaurants with every being so polite and friendly, even Starbucks. Magical place reached by the bridge from the main highway.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place to spend an afternoon strolling thrôugh the shops and walking along the waterfront to see not only the beautiful views, but to check out the charming homes on the water and the side streets.

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LLANDRINIO
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The main street is full of little shops and boutiques,cafes and you could be back in the twentieth century. Lovely little houses line the little streets. Real estate from $1 million dollars plus!! Take the ferry over to Balboa/Newport Beach for beautiful views of the biggest marina in the USA. It takes three cars at a timeand costs $2.00. The... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This little island is accessible by ferry or bridge and an enjoyable place to spend a day. A shopping area for local crafts and artists products is available on the bayside.

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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Balboa Island has retained its unique feel over the 40 years that I've been visiting. Crossing the bridge from Pacific Coast Highway is all it takes for me to feel like I'm on vacation. It's crowded on weekends, but still offers a nice option in Newport Beach for a stroll, a snack, a meal, boutique shopping and such.

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California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Loved the shopping downtown and walking around the neighborhood seeing all the beautiful houses. It was a beautiful day. Don't miss the Balboa Canals - didn't even know they were there until I was looking at things to do in Balboa. Not to miss when in Newport Beach.

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Running Springs, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This boat parade is once a year for 5 days. You can get on a boat that's in the parade as we did. You can also watch the shoreline. We enjoyed going on the boat and being in the parade. You see many lovely houses all decorated and some of the home owners are at home and will wave back... More 

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Austin, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A couple of bicycle rides recommended on the internet for the Newport Beach area include passage through Balboa Island. It is best to put the bikes in a car or truck for the passage. This island community apparently does not want bicycles. Every decent path is marked "no bicycles". The roads are narrow with no bike lanes. They don't even... More 

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Calabasas, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I lived on the island while going to school so am a bit partial. Still has the quaint charm as I remember but many of the little 'cottage type" houses have been remodeled into much larger "manses"! It was time for Circle of Light so we were able to enjoy all the decorated homes in the area.

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Atlanta
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

You have to have a Balboa Bar while you walk the island. And the Village Inn for music on Friday's and Saturday's is always fun if you are visiting the area.

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