We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A little treasure”
Review of Balboa Island

Balboa Island
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Balboa Island is a little treasure that can only be reached by ferry or one bridge. It is a fascinating little place to visit full of character and charm. The well maintained water front houses and mini gardens are a pleasure to stroll past and the water views with all manner of boating a dream. We enjoyed a great late breakfast whilst visiting and found some great little shops as well. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Thank Ingrid4711
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,136)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

891 - 895 of 1,137 reviews

Reviewed November 6, 2012

Used to live on the Island in the 70's. It is one of many in the Newport Harbor and the one that is the Island for the tourists. While in the 70's houses were porportunate to the plot of land there are now many oversized buildings too bad. Lots of tourists during the summer whith many of the homes for rent by the week and 9 month renatals duirng the school year. The Island is 2 1/2 miles in circumfrance so good for a morning run and checking out the homes on the bay front. People are used to lots of people visiting so very friendly. The stores on the Island I think need to be updated not very upscale and nothing for those who live on the Island. Just lots of kitch and tourist shops which seem to change often. Hard to survive in retail on the Island.

Thank Byron R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 28, 2012

You'll be able to enjoy Balboa Island without the crowds and traffic. Remember to take a book to read after you check out the great shops, places to eat and your long walk around and up and down the streets exploring all of the cute beach houses. There are benches every so often to just sit and take in all of the beauty of the water, the boats, people walking by and everything else that makes Balboa special.

1  Thank Whimsical33093
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The island is such a little treasure. In some ways, it is stepping back to the 1960's. There are little shops, little sidewalks, little houses but high prices. Shopping is a fun past time. Balboa Island Pilates was a great place for a work out. Walking the island is fun, too.

Thank Tek
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

take a cruise and enjoy the expensive homes of the rich and famous in the harbor, if you have time take the inner and outside and see the sealions

Thank Sabri S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Balboa Island also viewed

Newport Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach, Orange County
 
Newport Beach, Orange County
Newport Beach, Orange County
 

Been to Balboa Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing