Explore Balboa Island Area

Adventures

Find a local dock for fishing… go paddleboarding, surfing or even visit Catalina! Your adventure awaits! Learn More

  • Would you like to enjoy a sunset view from one of the local cruises in the harbor? $15 Sunset Cruise For $15 promo, use code: BALBOACRUISE15 in voucher box at checkout. Click Here!...

  • Riding the Balboa Ferris Wheel is a MUST DO when visiting. You will enjoy the most spectacular bay and ocean views on what feels like the world’s longest ferris wheel ride. They let you take a break at the top to take it all in.......

  • Since 1936, the Fun Zone at Balboa Village has been providing affordable entertainment for all ages. With no admission costs, you can stroll the bayside boardwalk and play as you like. Take a long, relaxing ride on our Ferris Wheel, which offers fantastic views of......

  • Experience the thrill of floating through the air with California’s premier parasail operator. We specialize in providing the safest, easiest and most exciting watersports activity PARASAILING! Breathtaking panoramic views of Newport Beach await as you are gently lifted to your chosen altitude. All flights are......

  • All of the sculptures shown in the pictures are made by Chris Crosson and his family with the help of the amazing Sand Castle Kit! Get yours at www.sandcastlekit.com This is a must have for any resort, hotel, or coastal bed and breakfast and vacation......

  • Catalina Island offers the overnight visitor everything from tent-size camping to cozy beachfront hotels. Whatever your budget, Catalina has a place for you to unwind, rejuvenate, and relax. Many of these hotels have money-saving packages with the Catalina Flyer, so be sure to ask for......

  • Davey’s Locker Sportfishing offers fishing trips open to individuals, families, and all size groups. Trip lengths vary from our popular ½ day (5 hour excursions) and ¾ day (full day excursions) to overnight trips and longer. Davey’s Locker provides everything you need to make your......

  • Have you taken the kids fishing on Balboa Island? There are several public docks where kids can fish for free. We love the dock on Little Balboa Island. We usually buy bait from JD’s Big Game Tackle, however it’s time we invest in the lure......

  • Welcome To Newport Surf Camp Newport Surf Camp provides all the Surfboards, wetsuits and leashes. We offer private lessons for all ages, and summer camps for ages 5-17. Week long or 3 day camps | half and full day. Learn everything you need to get......

  • You’ve cruised the boardwalk on bikes and roller blades, but have you ever tried a Segway tour? You’ve probably seen people on those space-age looking things and wondered what they’re like. Well, they’re a fast, fun way to see Newport! Invented in 2001 as a......

  • The Wedge is a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California known for its large wedge shaped waves that makes it a popular spot for surfing. During a south or south/southwest swell of the right size and......

  • Deep Sea Fishing in Newport Beach Who’s ready for some deep sea fishing in Newport?! This video shows some of the great memories made on the water by tourists, locals, friends and family. We truly do live in paradise. If you’re ready to buy a......

  • Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. Our primary whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with unobstructed views from almost any location throughout the ship. Along with our great location and state......

Boating

Jet Ski, Parasail, Deep Sea Fishing? How can you not get out and enjoy the beautiful habor? Here are some great boating options! Learn More

  • Would you like to enjoy a sunset view from one of the local cruises in the harbor? $15 Sunset Cruise For $15 promo, use code: BALBOACRUISE15 in voucher box at checkout. Click Here!...

  • Since 1919, Balboa Island Ferry has provided continuous service for drivers and passengers in vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California. Crossings approximate 800 feet. Via bridges, an alternate route is possible; but the traveling distance increases up......

  • Located in the historic Balboa Fun Zone, Balboa Water Sports provides high quality Sea Doo Rentals and Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals, year-round in Newport Beach, CA. All Sea Doos and SUPs are launched directly from our dock in Newport Beach Harbor and each rental......

  • Balboa Cruises & Boat Rentals Choose from a huge selection of public cruises including sunset, live music, evening, brunch, fiesta, holiday, and many more. Cruise Newport Beach also offers yacht and ship rentals for all size events. Included in our fleet is their two level......

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  • We are a private, luxury yacht charter offering custom itineraries for parties of six. We offer Sportfishing Trips, Whale Watching, Harbor Cruises and Island trips. We provide a complete full-service luxury experience so you can walk on and walk off our vessels without having to......

  • With a fast, fun, and safe military-style Zodiac inflatable boat, we take just six passengers on a semi-private or private 2 hour excursion that is sure to be a highlight of your year. Our boat is twice as fast as the competition, allowing us to......

  • Make It Memorable Charter a VanDutch luxury yacht to enjoy an exclusive, luxury experience on water for a special event or celebration. Whether it’s for a corporate event, a wedding, a private party or to use as a superyacht tender, you have access to a......

  • Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. Our primary whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with unobstructed views from almost any location throughout the ship. Along with our great location and state......

Coffee Shops

Coffee, Americano, Latte? There are some great local options for enjoying a cup! Learn More

  • [section_title heading=”h2″]Description[/section_title] Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi availability. [section_title heading=”h2″]Hours[/section_title] Monday: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm Tuesday: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm Wednesday: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm Thursday: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm Friday: 5:30 am –......

Drinks & Happy Hour

Happy Hour with an Ocean Breeze? Time to relax and celebrate! Learn More

  • At BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Balboa, CA, we’re constantly Pursuing Amazing™ and look forward to making your dining experience incredible. Every one of our over 120 carefully crafted menu items is created using top-quality ingredients and served to you in a friendly and relaxed......

  • Comfortable place with a fireplace & bar serving American fare & offering nightly live music. Hours Monday: 11:00 am – Midnight Tuesday: 11:00 am – Midnight Wednesday: 11:00 am – Midnight Thursday: 11:00 am – Midnight Friday: 11:00 am – Midnight Saturday:  8:30 am –......

  • Relaxing, family-friendly eatery offers hearty portions of American comfort food in a casual room. Wilma’s is a family restaurant with a strong family atmosphere. There is the Staudinger family who owns and manages the restaurant, the cooks who come from two families and are cousins......

Entertainment

Music, Movies… There are options for everyone! Learn More

Parks & Playgrounds

So many great parks in Newport Beach and all offering different amenities! Learn More

  • When Newport Beach spends $36 million developing a park on 10.5 bayfront acres, you get something pretty magnificent to enjoy. This is the first time I have ever referred to a playground as magnificent. It’s also much more than a playground. I have a 1.5......

Restaurants

Hearty Breakfast, Italian, Fish, Steak, Sushi? So many wonderful options in the area! Learn More

  • Small, quaint French-Swiss eatery with a seasonal menu & nightly fish & other specials. Bonjour and welcome… Basilic Restaurant, located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach California, first opened its doors by chef/owner Bernard Althaus in February 1997. The intimate and romantic 24-seat restaurant has......

  • At BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Balboa, CA, we’re constantly Pursuing Amazing™ and look forward to making your dining experience incredible. Every one of our over 120 carefully crafted menu items is created using top-quality ingredients and served to you in a friendly and relaxed......

  • New York-style Italian eatery offering pasta, pizza, seafood & wine in a family-friendly setting. Our cuisine originates from Southern Italy with a touch of New York Italian flair. We pride ourselves on serving you the finest and the freshest ingredients available. Produce, meats and fish......

  • Mexican eatery offers counter-serve Mexican fare & fountain sodas in a basic setting. So many delicious items to choose from. Hours Monday: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm Tuesday: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm Wednesday: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm Thursday: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm......

  • Located on the Balboa Pier. A ’40s-style chain diner serving breakfast & American comfort fare, salads & shakes. Take the ferry over to Balboa Peninsula and enjoy! Hours Monday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Tuesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00......

  • Chinese eatery has fried rice, noodle dishes & takeout classics in a basic space with white linens. Hours Monday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am......

  • Comfortable place with a fireplace & bar serving American fare & offering nightly live music. Hours Monday: 11:00 am – Midnight Tuesday: 11:00 am – Midnight Wednesday: 11:00 am – Midnight Thursday: 11:00 am – Midnight Friday: 11:00 am – Midnight Saturday:  8:30 am –......

  • Trattoria is an informal, small Italian-style, eating establishment; less formal than a Ristorante, but more formal than an osteria. The food is genuine, the service is casual, prices are affordable, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. A trattoria......

  • Relaxing, family-friendly eatery offers hearty portions of American comfort food in a casual room. Wilma’s is a family restaurant with a strong family atmosphere. There is the Staudinger family who owns and manages the restaurant, the cooks who come from two families and are cousins......

Shopping

Unique Art, Groceries, Balboa T-Shirts, Gifts for Kids and so much more! Learn More

  • Newport Beach is home to Haute Couture in a relaxed, no-pressure, no-pretense setting. Just like the power fashion families of Europe and Italy, the family behind A’MAREE’S has built the tiny boutique into a high fashion force unparalled in America. A West Coast institution since......

  • Amore Boutique has been in business since 2010. From the very start, we knew what our clients wanted, and started a line for women 25 years and up. Clothes designed to make you feel sexy and elegant. Sexy and Beautiful has never been easier—and more......

  • Many people describe walking into an Art for the Soul gallery as an experience akin to “falling down the rabbit hole.” Art for the Soul has two colorful brick and mortar stores in the California coastal towns of Balboa Island and Laguna Beach. Owner Valinda......

  • The modern Balboa Beach Company was established in 2013 and offers active and casual wear and accessories with a style that embraces the quintessential southern California beach lifestyle. The Balboa Beach Company has received an overwhelming positive response and we look forward to outfitting nostalgic......

  • Snacking shouldn’t leave you feeling guilty. Choose a food that naturally nourishes and energizes your body. Think Healthy. Act Healthy. Be Healthy. We first opened our store on July 1, 2015. We are family owned and family operated! This is our first location so come......

  • Balboa Surf and Style is located on the heart of Newport Beach’s shopping district, Balboa Island. We come from an extensive background with over 50 years in the surf industry. Our mission as a company is to cater to the everyday and once a year......

  • Cottage Plates is well known for making the unique painted ceramic plates for island homes since 1975....

  • Welcome to Crush Balboa. We specialize in comfortable Southern California casual styles at affordable prices, come in for a visit!...

  • “Debra Huse takes a loving look at the quintessential California lifestyle: the beaches, boats, gardens, and people, all partaking of the “good life” in the Golden State. An astute observer of everyday life, Debra presents her subjects immersed in the unique light and warmth of......

  • “My husband and I drove all the way from Central OC to get another tablecloth like the one that I bought last summer. Under $50 for a high quality, beautiful tablecloth that feels and looks like fabric, but can be easily wiped off. Totally ruined......

  • Etc. Etc. has been the home of local fashion insider Karen Adler’s Seaside Boutique for over 30 years. Its veteran status makes it a must for any hop stop. Baloa Royalty and sure to cure any retail craving. “Super cute shop with super cute clothes.......

  • The official online store of your favorite fashion clothing store!Welcome to Heavenly Couture, where we offer Couture Clothes at Heavenly Prices. We are a fashion forward and innovative brand providing high quality fashion apparel and accessories. With store locations throughout California and Florida, we now serve our......

  • Tony and Mina Hirshi were German immigrants who lived and worked for their sponsor family, the Kaufman’s. In 1949 they moved to Balboa Island, buying a small lot on Onyx and built their first home. They changed the spelling which was originally Hershi to Hershey.......

  • Nice little convenient store next to the Ferry Crossing on South Bay Front. They also have a Grill next door where you can get breakfast burritos and a wide variety of food. “booze, mixers, and tons of non alcoholic drinks for the next morning. and......

  • Island Seashell located on beautiful Balboa Island in Newport Beach California first opened it doors in 1977. We have fallen in love with the island as well as the wonderful people that live here. Please stop by and say Hi. Browse our store of seashells,......

  • Island Tales Bookshop is a unique children’s book shop located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.  Our quaint little shop is filled with quality children’s literature both new titles and the classics.  We also carry unique and wonderful gifts for those special times in a......

  • You are now on Island Time! Island Time Souvenirs and Gifts is located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA, one of the most charming spots in SoCal to live, vacation or just escape for the day. We’re just over the bridge from Jamboree Road......

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  • Born in Southern California. JD’s has fished in numerous exotic locations that range from Baja Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and Costa Rica. He has been in the sportfish industry for the past 30 years which include involvement in retail, wholesale, export, import, mail order, and......

  • Just Basics is a boutique clothing shop that has been a staple of trendy fashion in Newport Beach for the past 30 years. Located on Balboa Island, the store carries some of the trendiest brands including Michael Stars, Paige Jeans and more.  Just Basics sells......

Treats

Looking for that world famous Balboa Bar? Try it and other treats on the island. Learn More

  • The Balboa Candy Company is family owned and operated with two locations to serve you. Our first store is located on beautiful Balboa Island and our second is located in the Balboa Village. Both stores are located on the Sunny Southern California Coast.  We have also opened a third location in beautiful Palm......

  • Grab a Famous Balboa Bar or Frozen Banana. They also have cookies, donuts, and more! Open 7 Days a Week: 5:30 AM – 10 PM...

  • Celebrate the Tradition Sugar ’n Spice has been a Balboa Island landmark since our doors first opened to the public way back in 1945. Our shop is the one-and-only “Original”, being the very first frozen banana and Balboa Bar shop on the Island. Open 7......

  • Too Sweet for your sweetheart! “Very nice little shop and has tons of sweet options. I had the froyo with peanut butter and sugar free vanilla, yummy!! Parking is not so easy small street parking and it seems to be busy most of the time. ......