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Balboa Island

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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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Dig into Balboa Island for a Summeriffic Time at the Beach

Our family tries to come here when we're in the area because we love the great restaurants, fun snack shacks (you'd be amazed how good a frozen banana with the works can be on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Everett, Washington
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Everett, Washington
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Our family tries to come here when we're in the area because we love the great restaurants, fun snack shacks (you'd be amazed how good a frozen banana with the works can be on a summer day) and cute shops to check out. Also, for a pampering time, try Cozy Toes for a pedi or mani with your daughter, Mom... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Balboa Island is beautiful with its sparking blue water and white sand beach. My step-daughter and I spent the afternoon on the beach reading and napping while listening to the waves and the screams and giggles of people in the water. The beach wasn't overly crowded, and if you are hungry or thirsty, there is a Ruby's on the pier... More 

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very crowded, ate at Wilma's, but too stuffed for the ice cream treats on the main drag. Shop owners were very friendly. Don't miss the childrens book shop!!!! Adorable!!!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

A friend and I just wanted to walk around catch up and enjoy time. We had so much fun enjoying Balboa island. We took the ferry ride and went down memory lane. Enjoyed the scenery and the hospitality of the locals and shop owners. Everyone was more than friendly and we felt right at home! We will be back for... More 

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Rosarito, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Balboa Island is a great place to visit. Quaint, very beachy, great restaurants and lots of water activities. Never fails to entertain!

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Taylorsville, Utah, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

So many great restaurants and shopping. I fun short outing with the family. We loved eating at Wilma's. It was delicious and make sure you get a balboa bar or chocolate covered banana and one of the local ice cream shops.

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Philadelphia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I visited Balboa for the first time and walked around the town, with its nice shops, beautiful homes and great weather. Don't forget to get a Balboa bar (ice cream bar) and load it up with peanuts, sprinkles, coconut, or whatever you want to add

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

You can either drive onto Balboa Island or take a small ferry. We drove, and were lucky enough to find a parking space on the main street. Cute little town surrounded by water and marinas; lovely small homes built close together - rather unique to see. Lots of restaurants and touristy shops on the short main street. Get off main... More 

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Curacao
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

great location and great weather. water temp in 60's , and lots of good surf spots. been hanging out there 30 years for visits and the place has become worn and a bit dirty. Hotels have also to a large extent lost the charm and customer service of the past.

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North Hollywood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Fourth of July weekend and it was beyond crowded. There were no parking spaces available and trying to find one was impossible. The streets are narrow and one sided at times. Once you actually get there it is beautiful and fun. There are many super cute shops and restaurants.

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Address: Newport Beach, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach

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