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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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Germantown, Tennessee
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82 reviews 82 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I ventured to Balboa Island on a recent trip to Newport Beach and loved it. From the quaint shop and restaurants to the homes located on the island, it is a fun place. I jogged around the island several mornings and met many nice folks. It is worth a stop.

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Palo Alto, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We have been coming to Balbao Island for over 20 years! It is consistently a great visit because of the quality of the location's beauty, the weather, the lovely people we have met over this period & the beachy shops/restaurants that populate Marine Avenue (the Main Street). It is a great place to sit on various 'Bay Front' beaches while... More

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

With its great array of local shops, cafes and restaurants, this little island is the place for a delightful stroll. Along the beach and the scenery, its a must do.

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116 reviews 116 reviews
35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We drove through on our visit to Newport Beach. The beaches were powdery sand and uncrowded with sea grass and a nice paved boardwalk along the beach. Parking can be tricky during summer and peak times.

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Clovis, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Spend time with the locals and get their take on the sights not to miss! It can get busy during the summer months and parking is difficult. If you can take a bus or shuttle and avoid the congestion of the tiny Island!

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Mead, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The beach is great! not a lot of people and sail boats and seadoos all out playing waves were strong and water was cold but overall we loved the view.

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Chicago, Illinois
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281 reviews 281 reviews
25 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

I was extremely surprised by this cute little island, almost thought I was somewhere on the east coast. There are some shops and restaurants along with a ton of homes. We only drove through the island but I can see getting out for a quick tour of the shops on the Main Street. For sure worth a stop if you... More

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Newport Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's packed in Summer as well as around the Holidays when each house competes for the best Christmas lights and decorations but it's a fun place to go. There are shops, restaurants, and a cute bookstore where the lady offers you tea. A special treat is a Balboa bar, a vanilla ice cream bar dipped into chocolate then rolled into... More

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Park City, Utah
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Walked down to Balboa from Newport on the boardwalk. I thought Balboa was a little run down and had kind of a greasy carnival feel. Wouldn't spend more than an hour here. It worth seeing once but don't know that I would go out of my way to make it here again.

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California, USA
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413 reviews 413 reviews
94 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The best start of the day, walk or run around the island. surrounded by multi million dollar homes at the water is a paved walk way. watch out for the dogs. Best early morning (parking can get very limited). and after your walk/run stop at the local coffee shops (3) for a good java. I've done it over 100 times...... More

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