Newport Beach

Newport Beach is a city famous for its lavish lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. Television enthusiasts will recognize the resemblance to the show The O.

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Newport Landing Whale Watching

! During the summer months, view Blue Whales (90+ feet in length), Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and several types of dolphin and other marine life. During the winter months you can view Grey Whales, the occasional Orca, and many dolphins and sea lions. The trip has a 96% viewing success rate of marine life on each cruise. The company's primary whale watching ship is 65 feet in length with a large upstairs sun-deck, wrap around outside seating, snack bar with food and beverage and indoor seating with large windows. 2 and 1/2 Hours

Fashion Island

The premiere shopping center in Newport Beach, this is a beautiful outdoor mall with great landscaping, and fountains of every description. Stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales's, Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, Nike for Women. Restaurants include Cafe R & D (crowded, but good), the Neiman Marcus Restaurant (with a beautiful view towards the ocean), and ThaiFoon.

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Westcliff Plaza

This is the real Newport, as few tourists make it over here. Located near the corner of Westcliff and Irvine Avenue, this is a small, luxury mall, with ultra upscale clothes, furnishings, and services. Restaurants include Haute Cakes (Breakfast and Lunch only), Pizza Bakery, and Capri Blu. You will also see the colorful spectrum of local teen lifestyles.

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Newport Dunes 4<sup>th</sup> of July Celebration

A day long celebration with carnival games, crafts, face painting, music by a DJ, hula-hoop and limbo contests, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments and drawings by a caricaturist. A fireworks show occurs over the lagoon after dark. $25. Fireworks show can be seen for free from outside the Resort. ''July 4; 11AM-9PM with fireworks show at 9PM.''

DO   —  1131 Back Bay Dr

Christmas Boat Parade

729-4400. Annual water parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights. The boats take a nightly tour of Newport Harbour on five consecutive evenings. Free viewing from most locations. Some restaurants and organizations have premium seating for a fee. See the website for more information and map of parade route. ''December.''

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Balboa Island

is a quaint throwback to simpler times, with a strip of stores and restaurants (Marine Avenue) and a pedestrian walkway which incicles the island. It's accessible from the Balboa peninsula via a short car/passenger ferry, or you can drive there over a bridge from near the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Little Inn By The Bay on the Balboa Peninsula

Located on Balboa Peninsula by Newport Beach Pier offers Free Wi-Fi and Parking is Big Plus coming to Newport Beach. Walking distance to the Beach, Board Walk, Lido Village and Famous restaurants like Carb Cooker & Woody's Wharf and Famous BAR like Mutts and Malarky’s Irish Pub.

Memphis Cafe

Tasty and fairly authentic gourmet southern fare in a casual roadhouse-style diner with fantastic ambience. Service is excellent, but informal. For lunch, try the 1/2 pulled pork sandwich and bowl of gumbo. Parking is sometimes a problem between 12PM and 1PM on weekdays.

Crystal Cove

This is on Pacific Coast highway in the southern reaches of Newport, called Newport Coast. Stop here on your way to Laguna Beach and find both chain and private retailers. This mall is breathtaking as it is located overlooking the ocean. Stop for a bite to eat.

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The Balboa Bay Club & Resort

Located on Mariners Mile. Special features: Barber/Beauty Shop on site, Bar/Lounge on site, Restaurant on site, Shops on site, Hot Tub on site, Sauna on site, Fitness Center on site, Bayfront Property, Full Service Spa. $245-$475. Suites: $800-$3000.

Muth Wetlands Interpretive Center

Located on Irvine Avenue, and facing out onto coastal wetlands, this is an excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of Pacific Coast wetlands. There is an excellent film presentation, and many exhibits of interest to young and old.

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Taste of Newport

Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island. 729-4400. Annual food, wine and music festival featuring selections from Newport Beach restaurants. Presale - $17; at the gate - $20; Under 8 - Free. ''September.''

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Wilma's Patio

Family restaurant popular among locals for breakfast on Balboa Island (not the peninsula!), although they also serve lunch and dinner. The wait can be as long as an hour on summer weekend mornings.

Gina's Pizza

Located in UC Irvine, just north of Newport Beach. Its delicious pizza, pasta, and salad is considered some of the best in Orange County. Popular with local UCI and UHS students.

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview

Bedroom suites each with a step out balcony, living room, and marble bathroom. French doors separate the bedroom from the living room with fold out sofa and second television.

Holiday Inn Express

Reasonable sized rooms, small refrigerator and microwave, but interior a little musty.and in need of renovation. Basic breakfast.Free parking a plus for the area.

SLEEP   —  2300 West Coast Hwy

Balboa Island Art Walk

Along South Bayfront Drive on Balboa Island. Over 100 artists showing and selling their work, ranging from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. Free. ''May''

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Sandcastle Contest

Sand sculptures from novice to expert. The contest is held at Corona del Mar State Beach. Free admission for spectators. Fee for entrants. ''October.''

DO   —  +1 949 729-4400 —  Map

Orange County Museum of Art

Specializes in contemporary art and houses rotating special exhibitions. Adults $10, Students (w/ valid ID) & Seniors (65+) $8, Children under 12- free.

Lido Yacht Expo

Exhibit of the latest and greatest in yachts. The event takes place at the Lido Marina Village. 757-5959. Adults $10; 12 and under free. ''September.''

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Balboa Fun Zone

Located near the [ Balboa Pavilion], the Fun Zone has a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, rock wall, arcade, and bungee jump.

DO   —  600 E. Bay Ave

Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series

Summer long Jazz music festival on two stages. Held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Recorded Information: 729-6400; $40-$175. ''May–October.''

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Ho Sum Bistro

The Combo Salad will fill you up and is very well priced for how much you get ($4-6). A nice option if you are stuck on the peninsula.

Radisson Hotel

1/2 mile from the John Wayne Airport, near the business districts of Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.

Sol Grill

Good Pasta and Seafood restaurant with live music. As the restaurant is small, reservations are essentiell for weekends

The Island Hotel Newport Beach

Across from the Fashion Island shopping center and within walking distance of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Gelato Paradiso

Many flavors of very good quality Italian-style gelato and sorbetto. Try the bacio (chocolate and hazelnut).

Newport Beach Film Festival

The 10 day festival features over 300 short and feature length films. 253-2880; Starting at $10; ''April''

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Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

This museum gives an introduction to the extensive maritime history of this area.

Sugar 'N Spice

For an inexpensive and tasty treat, order a frozen, chocolate covered banana.

Wild Fish

Perfectly prepared fish and shellfish. A bit noisy. Open for dinner only.

EAT   —  Macarthur and Bison

Mutt Lynch's

A true locals haunt. "A little slice of a California beach community."

Gourmet Detective

Murder mystery dinner show. Shows every Friday and Saturday night.


Creative gourmet fare. Excellent service. Quiet surroundings.

Cabo Cantina

Good Happy Hour (10PM to 12AM) nightly with 2 for 1 drinks

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A Restaurant

Best happy hour in Newport. Rat pack vibe. Just go.

Rusty Pelican

Very good Seafood restaurant with view of marina

Classic Q

Sports bar with pool tables. Reasonable food

DRINK   —  4251 Macarthur Blvd

Balboa Saloon

Younger crowd, but never really seems busy

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Bay Shores Inn

Near the Newport Pier on the Peninsula.

Best Western Newport Beach Inn

Across Coast Highway from the beach.

Sharkeez Baja Cantina

Fun, has music, but closes at 1AM

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Balboa Inn

On the Peninsula.

SLEEP   —  +1 949 675-3412 —  105 Main St

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