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Balboa Island

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Address: Newport Beach, CA
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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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SoCal culture

If you have any doubts there is such a thing as Southern California culture you won't after a trip to Balboa. A laid back mix of wealth and beach casual, the people who live here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Mike K
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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606 reviews
350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have any doubts there is such a thing as Southern California culture you won't after a trip to Balboa. A laid back mix of wealth and beach casual, the people who live here wouldn't trade for anything. The shops and bistros are fun to visit, but for us walking along the sea wall and mixing with the lifestyle... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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134 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of high end shops and restaurants, but beware of driving down all the one-way streets, especially in a larger vehicle like a truck. Parking is also an issue in a bigger vehicle!

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Anaheim, California
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92 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After lunching at a nearby restaurant, my husband and I drove to "downtown" Balboa, parked, and then strolled up and down the street past the charming shop and eateries that line each side of the narrow street. Winter is definitely the time to "do" island, and on a warm January afternoon, it was the perfect way to walk-off a bit... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Balboa Island and peninsula because of reviews here. We are so glad we did and now have fallen in love with this vibe and feel of the entire area. It is dotted with unique restaurants, shopping and lots of outdoor activities. Make sure to rent a bike at any of the bike rental areas. We liked it... More 

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Thank faceitann
Silver Spring, Maryland
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing views, homes, stores, and cars. Hard to find parking, but is incredibly easy to walk around. Find a nice piece of beach and let the kiddos touch the water and play in the sand. Watch the boats and listen to the seals. Just a great time for everyone.

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Bakersfield, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to walk around for shopping and to eat ! A must try this delicious frozen banana or balboa bar at this place❤

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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely full day at Balboa Island, lots of wildlife to see and lot of fun things to do. Would recommend the boat tour around the bay, the guide knew the area well and it helped get an idea about the place. Would definitely recommend it!

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Thank Chels R
Atlanta, Georgia
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225 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The island is mostly houses crammed in, however many of them are nice to stroll by and look at. The main street is where the small shops and few restaurants. It is very quaint as many have said. The "beach part is really just a small section of wet sand along the edges. Don't think of it as lots of... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a bank holiday so busy . It has some nice little shops and it lovely to take a stroll around . We bought a sandwich and a coffee from a place near the ferry and sat and watched the world go by ,very enjoyable . An American gentleman sitting next to me heard my English accent and... More 

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Alta Loma, California
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305 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the ferry across to balboa island, we walked down to Marine ave and went walking around to all the shops. We ate at Picante Martin which had excellent food. Nice day trip would recommend

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