After much thought I have decided to focus on finding a rental for my family on Balboa Island (also considered the peninsula (where my brother lives) and CDM). our party will be my family of 4, our girls will be 6 and 3.5 and my parents. Stay at Marriott newport Coast (also great) on our last trip and went to Balboa Island for breakfast at Wilma's and a stroll and I fell in love!
We will be visiting for a week in mid May. I am focusing on renting something bayfront so the girls can dig/swim right in front of the house and we can take turn sitting w/ them, walking back into house, instead of having to pack up for the beach.
Are there certain areas that are better for the "beach" aspect? Are they all public beaches? It seems like some of the houses have a lot of boats tied up right at the beach which would make it difficult to do any swimming.
Any insight is appreciated!