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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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Great Falls, Virginia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
14 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a great little place to visit when in the Newport area. Fantastic shops and restaurants in a beautiful beach setting, this is one of my favorite spots in the Irvine area. Don't miss the frozen banana stands, they are landmarks!

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One of the most beautiful places I have seen. Beautiful shops, scenery is spectacular. Well worth the visit. Took the ferry which was great.

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Orange County, CA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
5 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you can find a parking place it is fun to walk around the island, have a Balboa Bar (which is a square of ice cream, dipped in chocolate and your choice of topping) or a frozen banana.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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82 reviews 82 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I ventured to Balboa Island on a recent trip to Newport Beach and loved it. From the quaint shop and restaurants to the homes located on the island, it is a fun place. I jogged around the island several mornings and met many nice folks. It is worth a stop.

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Palo Alto, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We have been coming to Balbao Island for over 20 years! It is consistently a great visit because of the quality of the location's beauty, the weather, the lovely people we have met over this period & the beachy shops/restaurants that populate Marine Avenue (the Main Street). It is a great place to sit on various 'Bay Front' beaches while... More

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

With its great array of local shops, cafes and restaurants, this little island is the place for a delightful stroll. Along the beach and the scenery, its a must do.

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Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We drove through on our visit to Newport Beach. The beaches were powdery sand and uncrowded with sea grass and a nice paved boardwalk along the beach. Parking can be tricky during summer and peak times.

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Clovis, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Spend time with the locals and get their take on the sights not to miss! It can get busy during the summer months and parking is difficult. If you can take a bus or shuttle and avoid the congestion of the tiny Island!

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Mead, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The beach is great! not a lot of people and sail boats and seadoos all out playing waves were strong and water was cold but overall we loved the view.

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Chicago, Illinois
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281 reviews 281 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

I was extremely surprised by this cute little island, almost thought I was somewhere on the east coast. There are some shops and restaurants along with a ton of homes. We only drove through the island but I can see getting out for a quick tour of the shops on the Main Street. For sure worth a stop if you... More

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