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Address: Newport Beach, CA
Phone Number: 9496736580
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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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We have very limited time in the Newport Beach area and are very happy that we spent the first half day off the plane on Balboa Island. We walked along the path by the water and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Suzanne S
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Midlothian, Virginia
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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have very limited time in the Newport Beach area and are very happy that we spent the first half day off the plane on Balboa Island. We walked along the path by the water and thoroughly enjoyed the million dollar homes that were decorated for Christmas while watching sailboat racing. We then walked up and down the streets, window... More 

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Thank Suzanne S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a cute place, some shopping and fun place to grab a quick lunch and to see the houses by the shore. However the shopping is quite limited and repetitive. All the shops started to carry very similar things.

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Thank oo_cupcake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a street of shops set up by locals and run by them The shops are quaint and worth a stroll You access the island by ferry We visited at the same time as taking a whale watching tour so same morning activity possible On street parking available Recommended

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Thank Winelovin
Las Vegas, Nevada
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722 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love going to the Island and walk around. Look at the darling homes, walk to the Shops that are really neat. Get some coffee or a bite to eat. It's a wonderful place to go to.

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1 Thank SusieRussell
Irvine, California
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like to kill time without anything specific to do, this is a nice place to do it. The balboa bar or frozen bananas are always a hit with people of all ages. On the southern end of the island you can take a nice walk along the houses, docks, and private beaches. Newport Beach is about a 10... More 

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Thank Michael C
Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for families. Lots of games, rides and an arcade. It also has a host of boat rides available. I recommend it for a family weekend.

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Thank anthony b
Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent quite a while driving around and looking at all the great houses, then parked and walked downtown for about an hour. Very fun side trip.

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Thank Charles G
Georgetown, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for a day on our trip to Newport. The island/boardwalk area is very run down since I had last been 10 years ago. We went on a Tuesday and it wasn't the best weather so maybe it looks/feels a lot more attractive with sun and tourists.

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Thank Angela A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bring sunblock, good walking shoes and as another reviewer suggested --- a lot of patience. I wonder how residents of this admittedly gorgeous area feel about complete strangers who invade their community to gawk at their homes, clutter their main street and clog their public parking. We were a group of about 8 active 60+ and two nephews who wanted... More 

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1 Thank Chet S
California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cute street to go walking, with boutiques and eateries. You must not miss the FROZEN BANANAS!!! Just remember the parking is at a premium so take some extra patience.

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