We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Balboa Island

Islands, Nature & Parks
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Newport Beach, CA
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 518 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 317
    Excellent
  • 155
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Most recent review
Small town feel

Balboa island is a very nice place to have lunch or dinner or just walk around. There are plenty of shops on the main street and places to enjoy a coffee or ice cream. I enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Priscilla G
Add Photo Write a Review

518 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Balboa island is a very nice place to have lunch or dinner or just walk around. There are plenty of shops on the main street and places to enjoy a coffee or ice cream. I enjoy walking around the waterfront and seeing the island homes and just enjoy the marine activity and all the other people walking the island are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
foxboro, ma
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island is a cute little area, with shops and restaurants, and pleasant walking. At the end is the water, with a lovely walking path that stretches for what seems like miles. There are pretty homes along the way and every street is jewel named - Onyx, emerald, etc. A ferry leaves from the island and goes to the peninsula,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Charlotte, Florida
Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
42 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Just in walking distance from our daughters home in Corona Del Mar is the lovely Balboa Island. Filled with so many unique homes, old, new, modern, eclectic, with some of the most beautiful flowers and landscaping around. The main street offers a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, ice cream (frozen banana dipped in chocolate), and a ferry that can take... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I went with my mother and 2 young children. We had a blast playing on the pier, the beach, and eating frozen bananas!

Was this review helpful? Yes
USA
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Wile you could drive all the way around to get to Balboa Island, it's easier and funner to just stay seated and enjoy the water...from your CAR! If you have kids, then it's a real goof...once on the other side, plenty of parking and eateries and attractions are available. It's a great way to spend an awesome day with anyone.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bedford, UK
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We came here because of the Arrested Development connection. The place is gorgeous!!! Lots of shopping and places to visit AND frozen Bananas!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Meridian
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I walked from the island hotel. It was a nice walk . The bay was beautiful with many boats. I walked up and down and shopped at several boutiques. Nice brands ( wild fox , sanctuary, Ella moss) but some shops were lower priced( everything $16). It was a nice experience! Very friendly people . Loved Mode ology!

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
677 reviews 677 reviews
208 attraction reviews
1,806 helpful votes 1,806 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Fallible island is now quite developed with many cute houses and an interesting boating area. There are many cute shops along the main street as well as little ice cream stores which sell one of the things they're famous for the frozen banana. I like Dads. Parking on the side streets are available when the main area is difficult.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Round Rock, TX
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Quaint little island full of cafes and shops! Loved the outlet stores especially Crush! Lots of places to eat their signature frozen bananas. The drawback is lack of parking.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sweden
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
21 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Scrolling around on the Island is a must, I'm so glad I did it and found this excellent small Island where this small nice, very expensive houses are located. wish I had one as well..

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Balboa Island also viewed

Newport Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach, Orange County
 
Laguna Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach, Orange County
 

Been to Balboa Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Balboa Island and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Balboa Island staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?