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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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Quaint with the best boutiques and plenty to explore!

Balboa island is a fun spot to spend the day. Starting with a brisk walk to view all the quaint homes, look at the boats and maybe even take the 3 car fairy over to Balboa... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Balboa island is a fun spot to spend the day. Starting with a brisk walk to view all the quaint homes, look at the boats and maybe even take the 3 car fairy over to Balboa Pennisula to visit the beach or the fun zone. I recently spent a day walking the main street of Balboa with my sister and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island is a quaint, artsy island off Newport Beach where the temperature is almost always near a perfect 72 degrees fahrenheit. You can get there over a two lane bridge or by a car ferry. I highly recommend the latter at sunset. I always dreamed of wintering there in one of the quaint, historical, yet somehow trendy, houses where... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This has to be one of the cutest islands on the west coast. Depending on the time you have available I suggest either grabbing a cup of coffee, better yet breakfast at Wilma's. Wilma's is a little mom & pop local breakfast spot. Our favorites were the Light breakfast or Eggs Benedict with coffee of their famous Bloody Mary. The... More 

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Austin, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you can find parking! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. The shops are really quaint and a delight to just browse or shop. So many restaurant to dine in. It is also a great place to see into people's million dollar beach front properties that are decorated like showrooms. There are several that are available for rent as well.

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Newport Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Balboa Island is a tiny place at the very end of the Newport Peninsula with all kinds of attractions for all types of people. There is a Ferris Wheel and gravity machine, carousel and lots of video game arcades. The choice of restaurants varies from casual, outdoor picnic style to nicer high end restaurants. The bar scene is also lively... More 

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Tarzana, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have been coming to Balboa Island for more than 50 years. Although it is way more expensive than it was 50 years ago, it is still a charming spot to visit and to stay, a great place for a chocolate covered frozen banana (a must), a perfect location for a stroll around the island to see the beautiful flowers... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stayed in a resort about a 15 minute walk from Balboa Island, and we came back there again and again. There are some marvelous establishments to dine in and some great little places to shop. It was lovely.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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236 reviews 236 reviews
72 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I wish I lived here. First, it is really charming and lots to do. We shopped at server always stores and bought unique gifts and clothes. Art for the Soul is outstanding with great gifts made by local artists. Bought six necklaces as graduation presents. Annette's Place has beautiful clothes. We went to mass there as the church is on... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Have been a fan for 50 of my 69 years. Never changes. Great walk around both islands, people are friendly and down to earth. Restaurants great. Shopping great. What's not to like?

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Carmel, Indiana, USA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

LOVED all the little shops along Marine. The streets are very narrow & mostly one way. There is a sidewalk that goes around the entire island. Great place to walk the 3 mile loop over the main Balboa Island & Little Balboa Island. Crockers is a little hole in the wall & delicious for a quick sandwich. Everyone in the... More 

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