Balboa Island - Official Site of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA
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Welcome to Balboa Island, one the loveliest places in California. Balboa Island may be small, though people who live or vacation here know what a wonderful place it is. balboaisland.com is the main resource for finding Balboa Island vacation rentals, homes for sale on Balboa Island, and what to enjoy once on Balboa Island like great restaurants, shopping, treats and more. Enjoy Balboa Island and we look forward to seeing you here.

Explore Balboa Island

With infinite things to do, it’s easy to make great memories you’ll cherish forever! Adventures, dining, shopping and much more… Explore All

  • 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......

  • Duffy Boat Cruising Don’t let the summer pass you by without taking a Duffy boat cruise. What are Duffy boats? Small electric boats that are so easy to steer, they’re almost like golf carts on the water. They’re designed for small groups to hang out......

  • Riva de Balboa As we bring the classic wooden look back to Newport Harbor in a new updated version, we bring back the nostalgia of the good ole’ days.  We aim to provide excellent customer service to all those looking for a unique experience, with added perks to......

  • Have you gone paddle-boarding? Want to give it a try? Balboa Island is an awesome place to rent a paddleboard and explore Newport Harbor. Balboa island is centrally located in Newport Harbor and is popular for it’s proximity to the Balboa Fun Zone and Balboa......

  • 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......

  • 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......

Places to Eat on Balboa Island

There are some fantastic dining options on Balboa Island!

  • 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......

  • Crocker’s Franks is a quaint Chicago style hotdog eatery located on Balboa Island, Newport Beach. “love love love this place. delicious food. sooo many options. i guess i just have to come back again and again and try them all. love the family history as......

  • 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 –......

Shopping on Balboa Island

There are so many fun, cute little shops to explore on the island!

  • 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......

  • Browse beach clothing, shoes, jewelry and more. Rachel is very friendly....

  • 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......

  • 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......

Balboa Island News

There’s always something fun going on around the island. Check out the latest Balboa Island events and popular topics on the island!

  • This is what it looks like enjoying a Balboa Bar on Balboa Island. Vanilla Ice Cream Dipped in Chocolate and covered in Oreo pieces....

  • PEAK Inflatable 10’6 Stand Up Paddle Board Complete Package (6″ Thick) | Includes Adjustable Paddle, Travel Backpack, Coil Leash EXCLUSIVE DESIGN – Inflated: 10’6” x 31″ x 6″ | Supports Riders Up to 300 lbs. | Weight: 23 lbs. ULTIMATE ALL AROUND iSUP – Rigid......

  •   Newport Beach’s Balboa and Balboa Island (Images of America: California) Paperback – November 28, 2007 The village of Balboa lies on the eastern half of a 4-mile-long peninsula, a natural barrier that protects the neighboring Balboa Island from Pacific storms. Both the village and......

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Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently asked questions when it comes to visiting Balboa Island…

  • I have often been in the Balboa Fun Zone and heard tourists say they are on Balboa Island. This is not possible!!! The Balboa Fun Zone is a section of the Balboa Peninsula bayfront, looking toward Balboa Island. The Balboa Island Ferry crossing, located next......

  • Where is the Balboa Island Ferry located? The ferry which takes people, cars and bikes to Balboa Island departs from the Balboa Peninsula, in Newport Beach. Some people believe that taking the Balboa ferry is the only way to get to Balboa Island, however that......

  • The latest Balboa Island Facebook poll for Best Burger on Balboa Island resulted in Crocker’s being the favorite.  We had a poll for 1 week. Based on 27 votes, Crocker’s received 56% of them… it was a close race! Sounds like you should definitely give......

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