Thanksgiving on Balboa Island

Thanksgiving played out on Balboa Island much like it did around the country, with friends and family gathering around tables filled with great eats, followed by naps and some football. Here, some took a walk around the island to work off calories and take a look at paradise. That last part of course is considered normal for islanders and nearby Newport Beach residents.

Others come from all over the country to celebrate Thanksgiving on Balboa, typically under the roof of a select vacation home. One person we spoke with last week makes the sometimes short drive down from Los Angles each year to escape the hassles of the big city, while another family had just flown in from Chicago where it is of course already very cold.

No matter where you came from….down the road or across the country…we would like to hear about your Balboa Island Thanksgiving experience. Are you a local? Was this your first visit or is this a long standing tradition? Share as much or as little as you want by posting comments below!


  • Melanie
    6 years ago

    Love Balboa during the Holidays, or anytime of year!

  • Robert
    6 years ago

    For the past eight years we’ve been coming to Balboa Island during Thanksgiving week. Our family stays at the same house on Grand Canal.

  • Hellen
    6 years ago

    Thanksgiving this year just happened to be our first time on Balboa. We were in town visiting friends in Newport and spent the afternoon walking the island. While we did not stay here during our trip, we are already talking about making a return trip next Thanksgiving with more of the family. Sure beats Seattle!

  • Robbie
    6 years ago

    I live here, but it was a great holiday just the same.

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