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Balboa Island

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Address: , Newport Beach, CA
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Activities: Motor-boating, Shopping, 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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great place to walk and dine

I come here to walk ever weekend and love it. Walk the perimeter of the island and and the outer island to get 3 miles on my fitbit

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Venice
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I come here to walk ever weekend and love it. Walk the perimeter of the island and and the outer island to get 3 miles on my fitbit

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Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Took local buses from Costa Mesa to Balboa Island for a Whale watching trip. The area is nice the boardwalk reminded me of Coney Island. The vendors all looked old, the rides old, nice people but very out dated.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are looking to walk or jog in a beautiful seaside setting come to Balboa Island in Newport Beach. There's a big Island that's aproximately 1.7 miles and the little Island next to it that's aproximately .9 miles. There's charming homes, a view of the ocean and fun shops to browse.

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Surf City USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Quaint crowded and fun. A throwback to a coastal Orange County lifestyle that has mostly vanished elsewhere. We enjoy taking the little car ferry across. Sure, you can drive around, but where is the fun in that? Kids will think the arcade is a blast.

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Northern New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Nantucket like place with several charming shops and restaurants. It is one long strip and can easily be walked in its entirety in less than an hour. There are souvenir shops and clothes shops to browse. I'd recommend the Balboa bar (ice cream) if you have an opportunity - not to miss.

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Kapalua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Two ways to get onto BI, take Jamboree off the 73 or 405, use the 73 option and follow it all the way to the island. Option two is come in on the Newport Coast and come across the Ferry. As you drive over the bridge you go back in time on this little island in the OC. Things to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

HAd a great time spending the day at Balboa Island. Took the ferry over for $1/per person and enjoyed the rides/amusement part type theme. Great restaurants and beach views. IT was very hot so the kids loved to play in the sand and we even saw a few seals swim quite close to shore. We rented bikes and rode around... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The small island is good for walking around the shore especially before sunset, nice place to visit from time to time and don't forget to eat frozen babana, and try the ferry with your car it is a short journey but nice.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My significant other and I hopped the ferry to Balboa Island and spent the afternoon just strolling around with no particular destination in mind. There were many pretty homes with well tended yards to gaze at and it was fun to just wander into the little shops to browse their wares and stop off for an ice cream cone. The... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Only one bridge onto the island. One ferry too. Great area to walk around in. Some shops, restaurants, and frozen banana places too. Enjoyable!

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