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This is our go-to place to stay. Luckily we have a timeshare with Marriott, but they offer 3 day packages for previewing the property. This is truly a 5 star resort and is awesome because it's all 2 bedroom villas, which is a MUST with three small children. They even have a kids day out for over 5 y/o and beach rentals-which I highly recommend. Who wants to bring the beach to the car? They also have a kids play area, and a kids room which we always try visit. We've been there spring, summer, winter, and fall, and the activities are always fabulous!
Great Location and a typical Marriott with having to pay for parking and internet. The room was great. Seems like a smaller property, but it was clean and there was a pool and restaraunt on site. It is in a great location and is a good place to stay. We were doing a preview tour for Newport Coast Villas, so it was discounted (except for parking and internet which adds up!).
if you are lucky enough to be in Newport Beach in December, check this out! It was so fun! It is cold, so bring coats and blankets. We sat on the bridge going over to Balboa Island, and the kids loved it!
Of course Disneyland is a so cal staple. I like off peak seaon, we went the week before Christmas, and it was actually not bad. I would recommend reservations for any of the nicer places to eat ahead of time. I like the Blue Bayou, but we just had dessert there so I can't really rate the food. Great place to get in the Christmas mood or anytime to act like a kid again!
Great historical state park. It is more of a "natural" beach, so not as much grooming, but really fun to visit with the small beach cottages. They look fun to rent and seem resonably priced, but they told us you need to book them like a year in advance on the state parks and rec website. Also check out the tide pools a little more south on the PC 1 in Hunington Beach, they are awesome! My kids loved them. This beach does require a steep hike in, but there is a handicapped entrance near the cottage, but it might take some time to find it.
Such a great beach (on the non-island side)! We usually end up on the other side to go to the beach with the kids. The walk around the island is amazing and the boat tours are fun to take to see the sea lions. A little old and kind of ghetto, but still worth going once. You must have at least a balboa bar or frozen bannana. My kids still talk about them, but bring cash because they only take it, and their like 2.50 a piece. Fun shops on the island! Two of my favs are Teacups and Teddybears and Even Sisiters. The owner in Even Sisters was awesome to my nephew and gave us a whole stash of Paul Frank band-aids that he didn't take off the whole trip. It has a great selction on beachy attire and a fun atmposphere!
OK, as long as I have a place to shop i'm a happy camper! This place is huge and has great stores that we don't have in Utah! There are some swanky stores and it is so fun to browse!
Ok the food here is so not good and overpriced, but my kids love the place, so we go on 99 cent kids day (Wednesday). The kids meals are like $6.00 a meal, so you can cut the bill just by doing that! I've had the chopped salad which was alright, but not really that great for $13. It's a fun atmospehere and I HIGHLY suggest making reservations, keep it cheap and order water, the drinks are pricey too!