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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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California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you are heading to so cal you should def. make a point to visit balboa. Here are some things you can do here.( Hang out on a great beach, walking distance to everything fun. Park by the playground and bathrooms off Astrel street. ) rent bikes, two places that i know of. Just yelp them. Rollerblade( if you can)... More

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Newport Beach, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Balboa Island is a cute place to walk or ride a bike. A small strip of stores on Marine offers good restaurants and fun shopping. A walk around the island (particularly at Christmas) provides diverse views of elegant homes and tiny beach cottages, as well as a wide variety of boats in one of the largest small boat harbors in... More

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Newport Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Balboa Island is a great family fun spot. The Bay is great for families with small children. There are good restaurants and shops as well. The ocean is a short ferry ride across the bay.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
14 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Balboa is a must see for everyone. The ferry is a must - at least one way. Balboa is a glimpse into the past and it is quaint and idyllic. Very romantic to walk or drive around...or tour by boat. It is a hidden gem!!

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

just a great place to walk around. shops are adorable and owners are wonderful to talk with, don't just walk the main street, but going to the end gets you on a sidewalk where you can walk around the island and see the water, and waterfront homes (lovely!!)

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Henderson, Nevada
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203 reviews 203 reviews
68 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Pretty much a residential island off of the PCH with a main street shopping and restaurant area, and beautiful bay front views. There's a paved pathway around the island and, along it, you can catch the 3-car ferry across to the peninsula and beach area. There's 2-hour parking near the shops with longer term street parking on the residential streets.... More

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Sale, UK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Walked down from the Hyatt Regency and spent couple of hours exploring Marine Avenue, would love to walk all around the island one day, but first impressions were very favorable!

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41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Fun for shopping. It is very hard to find parking. Lots of dining choices. Crowded sidewalks. Quaint town.

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San Francisco, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

WOW! Talk about living close to your neighbor. Lots to see, many restaurants to try, not enough time to see & do try it all

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WashingtonDC
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53 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Balboa Island is a fun day out. My partner and I went here for a few hours when we were visiting Newport Beach, and overall, there's some good shopping and walking to do here, but not really much else. At the end of the day, Balboa Island is a residential area, so it's not like there are 1,000 activities to... More

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