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Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA
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Type: Islands
Activities: Shopping, Motor-boating, Group tours/day tour, Viewing wildlife
Description: Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
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Newport Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

It's packed in Summer as well as around the Holidays when each house competes for the best Christmas lights and decorations but it's a fun place to go. There are shops, restaurants, and a cute bookstore where the lady offers you tea. A special treat is a Balboa bar, a vanilla ice cream bar dipped into chocolate then rolled into... More

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Park City, Utah
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Walked down to Balboa from Newport on the boardwalk. I thought Balboa was a little run down and had kind of a greasy carnival feel. Wouldn't spend more than an hour here. It worth seeing once but don't know that I would go out of my way to make it here again.

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California, USA
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413 reviews 413 reviews
94 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The best start of the day, walk or run around the island. surrounded by multi million dollar homes at the water is a paved walk way. watch out for the dogs. Best early morning (parking can get very limited). and after your walk/run stop at the local coffee shops (3) for a good java. I've done it over 100 times...... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I would have loved to spend more time on the island. Picturesque, the feeling of Americana and patriotism was alive and well. It was such a great feeling to see all of our American Flags flying here. People were friendly and it was very peaceful.

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napa, ca
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Probably the nicest part of Newport Beach because it appears to be a little more upscale and cleaner.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

To visit the area and not do Balboa Island is like wearing brown shoes with your tuxedo. It isn't Rodeo Drive but it is a comfortable visit that will warm your soul.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful location to shop or stroll along the water. Restaurants are great, shops carry lots of beach/touristy items, lots of unique artistry. The fire station is really cute with an antique fire truck.

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Murrieta, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very nice. Wilma's was great for lunch. Service little slow, but good food. Gangs Toy Store had great customer service.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We love walking around Balboa. The best way to get there is the car ferry from Newport Beach. They have a main street with a candy shop, 2 different places to get frozen bananas, a toy store and just a bunch of little shops. We got frozen bananas and walked by the houses in front of the water. It was... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Great place to walk around and see the lovely homes. Very quiet and peaceful.in the neighborhoods. Missed the shipping district. Will be going back.

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