Newport Beach
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David M
Vero Beach, FL11,002 contributions
May 2022
The beach can have different surf conditions at different spots, so it's worth checking if you want to enjoy the water. Parking is erratic. There is some free parking nearly everywhere, but most is pay, on a system that outsiders may have difficulty figuring out.

The south end of the beach from Balboa Pier to the Wedge tends to be steep and, when it has waves, they're fairly noxious shorebreak. The area around 13-15 street and the jetties north of Newport Pier westward tend to be better. If there's surf (erratic) the jetty at the south end of Balboa Peninsula has a patch of waves when there's a south swell. The Wedge. It can be a spectacle, and on big days, it's advisable for would-be spectators to arrive before dawn. Most of the time, there's plenty of street parking down there.
Written June 2, 2022
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Gwen C
Prescott, AZ599 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I love February in Newport Beach! Usually beautiful weather, 70’s, sunny skies, beautiful sunsets, no crowds. We saw dozens of dolphins each day and several grey whales, one quite close in the surf... really exciting!
The city of NPB does a good job of keeping the sand cleaned but there still is a homeless situation in the pier area and some do sleep on the beaches too. The pier was cleaner that it has been the last few years but the old restaurant building at the end of the NPB pier is literally falling apart and is an eyesore. NPB should either tear the building down or allow a business to refurbish and open.
Written February 27, 2020
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misty_bee_Wyo
Sheridan, WY1,567 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I was staying in Anaheim for a conference and had a free morning. Took an Uber to Newport Beach, which cost around $23 each way -could have taken a bus route for a couple dollars but it would have taken nearly 2 hours each way according to the bus schedule, while the Uber took 25 minutes.
Lovely beach with a wharf and a cute little area around the beach with eateries and coffee shops. It was very warm and sunny, didn’t feel like December at all :)
Written January 11, 2020
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Kaitlyn Parker
Strawberry Plains, TN30 contributions
Aug 2020
Newport Beach is a quaint little oceanfront town. Sitting on a peninsula you can watch the sailboats come in and out of the harbor or have the pleasure of people watching. If you park at the balboa pier you will have to walk up a sand hill and down the other side to get to the ocean. It was crowded and on the noisy side when we were there at 2pm on a Thursday. One other thing I noticed was the homeless that lived around the area. Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings when you go out and don’t ever leave valuables in your car— on any trip you take to anywhere in the world!
Written August 14, 2020
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781stanleyk
Wells, ME13 contributions
Jan 2020
Stayed the Marriott at Newport Beach - Had a view of the Ocean and the Pelican Bay Golf course. The property is Excellent - hung out either by the quiet Salt water pool or simply read a book on my balcony. Restaurant's nearby were more like going to your neighborhood type of place or go to the local supermarket called Pavilion which was a step above most supermarkets.

A few nights just grilled and relaxed and dinner was a easy drive with no real waits or hassles. This area is very nice and does not feel iike going to a resort but going to a great neighborhood. will go back there again to relax play some golf and just watch the day go by.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dave G
West Kelowna, Canada33 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Only my second visit to Newport Beach, and so glad we returned. Newport Beach is amazing. Recommend renting a bike, and exploring miles of bike lane along Beach. Travelled from south end of Newport Beach, to north end of Huntington Beach in an afternoon, on rented e-bike. So much fun, and e-bike definitely recommended.

Newport has great restaurants for seafood, Italian, Mexican food, and many more.

Will be back.
Written March 19, 2022
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Simone
Johnson City, TN1,600 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We always look forward to being able to come & enjoy this beach. Love walking walking walking. The sand is easy to walk in. And when it starts getting crowded we just head over to the beautiful homes across the street & walk there. So much to enjoy! Friendly people. Lots of little shops & restaurants. But sad to see so many homeless coming out recently. Especially in the evenings. We actually decided against walking here in the evening just because we felt unsafe. The men’s restroom was so filthy it was basically unusable. :(
Written February 8, 2020
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Donna V
Park Ridge, IL18 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Spent a Magical Christmas 🎄 in Newport Beach! From the Chicago area, so it was wonderful weather and no snow. Plenty of things to do, great restaurants and walks along the Pacific with a good cup of coffee in the morning.
Stayed at one of the many VRBO’s available for families.
I hope to go back again soon.
Written January 1, 2020
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RitaAdvisor
San Diego, CA117 contributions
Jan 2020
I go to the beach 2x each week and walk at least a mile. Whether you start at the pier, or further south or further north, it is always beautiful. the city keeps their beaches clean. Safe and I love being here nearby whenever I want to go.
Written February 3, 2020
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meche2018
Seattle, WA36 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Newport Beach is an incredible place that offers the Best of California. Many places to stay with varied prices. Rent a beach cruiser and hit the bike path right on the beach, enjoy the breeze, stop along to enjoy the beach, surfers, lunch. Lido Island for great food,(Bottleworks,Nobu) Fashion Island for shopping. Get out on the water,see wildlife or a sunset.I stay at the Newport Beach Hotel(Fantastic) Flyn Fish rest.next door and the Best!
Written January 15, 2020
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