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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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Fun Couple of Hours

Balboa Island is a refreshing throwback to the past. It is a great place to walk around safely while browsing through the shops. Since this is a "high rent district", the shops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Oxnard, California
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Oxnard, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island is a refreshing throwback to the past. It is a great place to walk around safely while browsing through the shops. Since this is a "high rent district", the shops cater to upscale tastes but there are enough kitschy souvenir shops to make browsing fun. There are a number of nice restaurants as well as some decent quick... More 

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drkhan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Love the small shops, beautiful little island. It reminded a lot of Georgetown to me but on a beach scale. FYI they do an excellent job by keeping it clean.

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Byron Bay
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114 reviews 114 reviews
15 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

While parking was a nightmare it was lovely to while away a couple of hours looking at the gorgeous houses and quaint street

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San Diego, California
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213 reviews 213 reviews
106 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

First off, go on a weekday if you possibly can. Weekends are hectic even before school lets out. On a weekday in April, we were able to find a place to park on the street. From then on, it’s easy to walk the town and it’s countless shops and restaurant. Rather than having one of the ubiquitous frozen bananas, go... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Walking around the big and little island is one of life's pleasures. Do it early to avoid the crowds. You wil have the best sightings of an active harbor view, fresh air, lovely cottages and as much exercise as you would like. You will certainly see friends along your way. Special times to visit are all holidays when the generous... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I spent a morning walking along the path on the island perimeter. It is beautiful all the way around. What a wonderful way to experience this island and its carefree lifestyle. We watched the boats and the seals and the ferry. Later we walked down the shopping street and visited the interesting shops. We purchased fine olive... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

not much to see but its great to check out the homes so many beautiful homes. Its a great to dream. One day maybe just one day i might have a home like these.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Feels like the east coast somewhere as this little town on the island had cute shops, restaurants and simply a great walking island. There is a large side and a small side that you can walk the strand and loop both islands. The small side is purely residential and much quieter but it's a great walk, especially if you enjoy... More 

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Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Blocks and blocks of shopping in specialty stores and boutiques. Beautiful homes and businesses around the cove area with wonderful kept up flowers of all kinds. A great place to stroll around and see all the shops have to offer. Nice break from setting at the beach all day. Well worth a few hours of your time.

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Granada Hills, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed walking through the street where no cars are allowed. Leisurely stroll during a lovely warm evening.

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