I go to Newport Beach at least a couple of times a year. It's quieter than Huntington, and parking is good. You can park in one place, and enjoy several different flavors of the area. Park in a large parking lot at Newport Pier area, which I have never seen full, and enjoy the classic Newport Beach, known for it's surfing and bike trail (bring the bikes sometime, or rent them cheaply just about everywhere!) Eat at Rubie's at the end of the pier for breakfast, burger, salad or fish and chips , stroll to Balboa Fun Zone for shopping, fun food, games for the kids and boat rentals (which I highly recommend). Bring your car or a boat across the ferry, and get on Balboa Island... shop til you drop.. (don't forget to go to Rachel's for great ladies clothes at an awesome price... never pass it up!). All with the 30's and 40's architecture, for a classic charm ... all Americana baby. Just don't use the bathroom at the pier on a busy afternoon, hold it til you get to a restaurant or fun zone :~}.
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