We found the town of Newport and the beach to be very overrated. It was rundown and crammed with people. We were there in the summer time so that may have had something to do with it, but we were fairly turned off from the place and would not return. The whole place seemed like a poorly constructed theme-park and it had a terrible smell to it. Stay on the highway until you pass Newport and hit Laguna Beach!
If you have seen Summer Rental with John Candy, you have experienced this place!