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Balboa Island

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Address: Newport Beach, CA
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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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Unique Place with Great History

We thoroughly enjoyed our numerous visits and walks to the Balboa Island; the unique homes (many with heritage designation) make for interesting walking and sight-seeing. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Otto H
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our numerous visits and walks to the Balboa Island; the unique homes (many with heritage designation) make for interesting walking and sight-seeing. The place is very clean, safe to walk and all locals we met were very welcoming and friendly. We very much enjoyed Sunday Mass at the small, yet very beautiful St. John Vianney Chapel on... More 

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Everett, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent many, many summer days on Balboa Island. It still has most of the charms from years ago. I love just walking down the main street and walking over a couple of blocks and walking along the water. Prices are much steeper than they should be and I think sales would be brisker if they gave some thought to... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cheapest boat ride you'll ever take. When I was a kid the fare was 10 cents. We'd never have the money, so if the guy collecting the fare caught us sneaking around the ferry, we'd jump overboard and swim to shore. By the way. those ferries where all built in the '50's and are all wood.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to walk and drive through the Island with a local so got to see all the best places, ride the ferry and enjoy the unique atmosphere only Balboa Island can offer. Great for walking on a sunny day (2-3 hours is probably ideal but could certainly be longer or shorter).

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attractive island community. Nice place to walk around, see the neat houses and the sea. Wonderful little restaurants.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went recently with a friend for lunch on the Island. Even though I have lived all my life in Southern California, I had never been to Balboa Island. I am so glad I decided to finally go. We parked at the Balboa Pier (only $1.20/hr.) and took the ferry across for $1. It took about 2 min. to cross. There... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Balboa Island--one of a kind-- picturesque and charming. Look for the “dutch” doors. Spend a couple of hours walking through the mini-downtown and around the island. Great on a sunny day and not too bad on a rainy day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

When in Newport , one must stop at Balboa Island. It is so lovely. The Main Street is full of lovely little shops , restaurants and rather old fashioned in a nice way. The frozen banana and ice cream parlour is a must. All the streets are lined by very cute and beautiful beach homes. There is 'must do' walk... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We liked walking along the harbor and the neighborhoods to see the beautiful houses. There is one street of shopping but nothing exceptional. A few nice restaurants but no real bars.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

There is nothing like walking around Balboa Island during holiday time (ANY holiday time). The festive atmosphere can only bring a smile to one's face and the walk along the waterfront is always lovely.

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