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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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This was a beautiful part of the trip. We all really enjoyed taking the time to visit Balboa. If you're in this area, you should do it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was a beautiful part of the trip. We all really enjoyed taking the time to visit Balboa. If you're in this area, you should do it.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was a nice little area with several restaurants and shopping venues. I liked the township feel to the area, I was taken in by the small shops, so of course I had to leave some money behind! I found a delightful children's bookstore and a gourmet shop featuring artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegars. It was a wonderful afternoon.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed going to Balboa Island. My husband and I rode the ferry across the bay and took a 45 minute excursion around the islands. What a great time we had.

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laguna beach, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here for many years even renting an apartment. It has an East Coast Cape Cod Vibe with one main drag . Drive coast side of Jamboree Ave and find a place to park ( Warning : Newport Beach is SERIOUS about parking rules and not cheep! ) Bike over for more fun. Plenty of fun unique... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I absolutely loved Balboa Island! It is an adorable/quaint little island and I can't say enough about my time there. We parked at that the Pavilions parking lot before the bridge that takes you to the island. This was recommended to us by the concierge at our hotel and I highly suggest you do the same. Parking on Balboa Island... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A classic southern California spot. Blanks island is quaint streets fun shopping and unusual eateries. Make sure you take the ferry between the island and the peninsula.

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We happened to be here during the week of July 4th and how could you not fall in love. It was decorated to the 9s for the 4th of July!! The banners, the flowers, Americana patriotism everywhere. The homes and landscaping were immaculate, the boat docks bustling with little boys fishing, children on paddle boards and adults relaxing. They had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My teenage daughters wanted to go to Balboa Island to take pictures, walk the puppy and eat ice-cream. I mean, seriously, who wouldn't want to do that! Luckily for us, our visit was right before the 4th of July, so all of the houses had patriotic decor, the shops are fun to walk around in, and the dog was so... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Balboa is a little island with a little bridge you driver over to get to. My advice is park BEFORE the bridge at the Pavillions parking lot because parking on Balboa itself can be VERY difficult especially on a summer weekend. It's a short walk over the bridge to Balboa. Once there, there is one main drag with little beach... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island is always an enjoyable time. You have to walk along the inland shore along the bayside homes. The strip that brings you into Balboa has a lot of quaint shops and restaurants. You have to go at least once if you are in Newport Beach.

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Address: Address: Newport Beach, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach

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