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“frozen banana”(104 reviews)
“the main street”(83 reviews)
“wilma's patio”(15 reviews)
Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
206 Marine Ave Unit 322, Newport Beach, CA 92662-7020
+1 949-375-4430
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All reviews frozen banana the main street wilma's patio shops and restaurants marine avenue cute place cute shops great place to walk fun shopping few hours walk around nice walk boat parade car ferry ferris wheel fun zone southern california
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to Newport Beach many times, and every time we take a walk around the periphery of Balboa Island. The waterfront views, the beautiful houses, and especially the flowers make for a magical walk. If you have the time, walk around Lido Island...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

“Balboa Island is this adorable seaside village not far from Balboa Peninsula. Two different sites. I found the area through area scouting. Visited the Ferry Launch but most importantly fell in love with the city, people and summer time Coney Island feel. (at least how...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank JovidaAD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the ferry across and walked around the island. There is a walking path that goes around the entire island. There are a few shops and restaurants, but the place is mainly crammed with houses.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AndyB5542
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing in every way you can think of, this island is simply "Heavens"! The daily early morning and sunset strolls by the water are magically meditational to me. With a great weather year around, peace and tranquility are priceless cherished gifts indeed.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Dr Dee M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went over with a group of 26 people. The ferry was quick and easy. We walked about 20 minutes to get the famous frozen banana. It was great. We stopped into a couple of shops and then headed back to the ferry. I am...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mezollinger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go to other streets nearby which are usually crowded by others seeking to take this great shortcut to the beach on the peninsula and pier!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ilovenudism
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel provided a shuttle here, so we tried it out. It seemed quite crowded, but a vendor said it’s even more crowded in summer months. Lots of little shops and places to eat. It’s almost impossible to find a bathroom. The beach is nice,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 52dianed
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small island of coast accessible by bridge and Ferry in Newpart, Ca. Shops, beach, cafes, coffee, snack, beautiful homes and rentals with a 50s east coast flair! Very relaxing and familiar feeling. Worth the visit!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ScotAlberta
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Toured Balboa Island while visiting Huntington Beach. This quaint Island has so many great shops, restaurants and the homes are beautiful. Even the locals that I spoke to were all friendly and welcoming. Our tour consisted of sampling food from 6 different restaurants. The only...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Darigregkat
Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

Very large marina on one side of the strip and beach the other. Lots of restaurants and bars to chose from. Laid back feel to it.

Date of experience: March 2019
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January 30, 2019|
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Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
The shops are on Marine Avenue... the boardwalk surrounds the islands... lots of whales in season and tons of dolphin.... but Mother Nature does as she pleases... sometimes you get lucky! The Pier is on the Peninsula... More
April 9, 2018|
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Response from I6181ENjamesw | Reviewed this property |
Newport Beach itself does have few with great ocean views. However for a truly spectacular view, Las Brisas, in Laguna Beach is the Orange County Rivera. A patio overlooking main beach to the left and the park to the... More
April 9, 2018|
Response from SusieMeyerson | Reviewed this property |
The bar - restaurant with ocean view at Balboa Resort is nice too