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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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Just a lovely place to walk around. The stores are charming and there are small storefronts to have gelato and the like. We did drive around the island which was really charming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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180 reviews 180 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Just a lovely place to walk around. The stores are charming and there are small storefronts to have gelato and the like. We did drive around the island which was really charming, but very small. Nice afternoon drive/stroll.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here since I was a child, they have many little shops and places to get food and treats. They have rides, and water activities available if you want to do that. The beach is awesome and right down the street. Bring your towel and come on down and get sunburn.... :)

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Newport Beach, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a nice place to ride your bike over to, and around the island. You can take the ferry from Newport Beach pennisula

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

nice place to take a stroll and take pictures. Small stores all along the street and it was fun.

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Eugene, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Balboa is a small, flat island with little beach houses dating to the early 20th century plus palaces built where these were torn out. It's a fun place to walk, especially the perimeter path with zero traffic. Charming homes with elegant mini-gardens look out on the water, private docks, a friendly protected beach and gorgeous boats of all sorts. Locals... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I spend half a day wandering around the island and really enjoyed the experience. The Main Street is beautiful with a classic Californian feel, it's almost like stepping back in time. The houses on the island are worth the trip, they all have distinct styles and you can't help but be envious of the lucky people who get to call... More 

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Malibu, California
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465 reviews 465 reviews
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It's not really a full-on island as connected on the east side by a short bridge. Westside has a ferry that takes less than 5 minutes. A hip small town feel but crowded with traffic. Not overwhelming traffic, but traffic nonetheless. Lots of boutique shops and upscale eateries. Kinda nice to wander around and check the house architectures, harbor views,... More 

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london
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Also great at Christmas too with the decorated boats and houses, by the way. We love walking and boating around the island and taking the ferry to the peninsula to go to the fun zone and the pier. Lots of fun for kids and families.

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Meaford, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I guess it is an island but it is connected with a bridge and a single car ferry, amazing beach, downtown area, shops, boardwalk, rental Duffy boats and pier,

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Suffolk, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Quaint little island with lots of shopping and restaurants. We had dinner at the CIAO Italian Restaurant. Food and service was good. We had ice cream at one of the many shops which sell frozen bananas. It was a long walk to the ferry to go to the Balboa Island but the long walk was made interesting by the small... More 

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