There’s no better time to live by the beach than the months of September and October. The weather is still beautiful and the tourists have finally gone home. We can breath, again, and pause to enjoy the simple beauty around us. Few will argue we are fortune to call Southern California home.

Fall on Balboa Island is especially lovely. Although the weather is changing, there is still a lot to experience even with cooler temperatures.


balboa-island-shoppingA year-round favorite, shopping on the island is always in season. Marine Avenue is lined with a variety of unique and one-of-a-kind shops. From upscale to funky, Balboa Island truly has something for everyone. Be sure to stop by Sinfulicious and create a unique bath scrub or pick-up a bath bomb to enjoy in your bath when you get home from the island TIP: After a long day of shopping stop for a Balboa Bar or frozen banana from Dad’s or Sugar N’ Spice—sit on a bench and enjoy watching island life pass by.


With the summer crowds gone, now is the ideal time to go for a run or long walk around the island. Take a deep breathe, and enjoy the crisp fall air. If you prefer, skip the run and just sit on a bench and watch the boats leisurely glide past you. These precious few months are the best time to enjoy the solicitude of the island.


Fall and winter are ideal months for whale watching. Book a three-hour tour through Newport Landing Whale Watching—this time of year they’re always running a special or discount deal. Newport Landing has over 20 years experience, which means the staff can locate whales and dolphins easily to maximize your experience. Even though crowds are at a minimum, it’s advisable to book a reservation in advance.


Balboa Island knows how to do it right when it comes to decorating for the holidays. November 16 at 8:00 a.m. the first wave of decorations will go up around the island. Although they may not have the traditional Balboa Island Christmas tree up quite yet, the residence will bring fall to life. Grab your favorite seasonal coffee or hot chocolate and take a stroll around the island while you watch the holidays come to life. Check back in late November for the Christmas schedule; which includes a special visit from Santa and real snow on Marine Street near the Village Inn.

Fall and winter on the island is magical. As we slowly round the corner to Christmas, the island takes on a warmth and charm all its own.