Set on a pristine stretch of white sand beaches and intersected by the lively Newport Bay, Newport Beach offers stunning ocean views and premiere aquatic recreation including sailing, yachting, kayaking, and surfing. Coastal beaches are found on Lido Isle, Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula along with iconic surf spots Blackies and The Wedge, where waves reach up to 20 feet. Farther inland lies the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve, known as “The Back Bay” to locals, a nature preserve of pristine wetlands spanning 1,000 acres.
Beyond exceptional nature, Newport Beach is known for its luxurious, yet relaxed beach city culture. Newport Beach boasts some of the finest dining in Orange County, with five-star restaurants, healthy eateries, local gems, and numerous dock-and-dine establishments. Noteworthy entertainment centers include Fashion Island, an upscale shopping center with luxury department stores, specialty boutiques, and more than 30 dining options, as well as Main Street, a collection of boutiques, cafes, and restaurants on the Balboa Peninsula.
Social activities continue at Newport Beach’s many esteemed private clubs such as the Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach Yacht Club, Balboa Bay Club, and four private golf courses. The city also hosts annual events drawing international attendees including Newport Beach Restaurant Week, a 14-day dining event, and the Newport Beach Film Festival at The Lido Theater, an iconic art deco movie theater.
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Newport Beach is composed of several vibrant communities, all sharing unparalleled access to Newport Bay and the city’s pristine white sand beaches.
Known simply as “The Peninsula” to locals, the Balboa Peninsula stretches three miles ensconced by Newport Bay and one of the country’s finest beaches. This tight community includes bay view, interior, and oceanfront homes and condominiums, all of which are within walking distance of the best the region has to offer. Spanning end-to-end, the lively Main Street hosts a collection of boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, including The Lighthouse Cafe,Harborside Restaurant, and Mama D’s Italian Kitchen.
At the Eastern tip of the peninsula, Balboa Peninsula Point offers incredible views of China Cove and Corona Del Mar. Properties located here enjoy prime beach access and heightened privacy as they are located beyond the end of the beachside boardwalk.
Nestled in Newport Bay, Balboa Island is a close community with the relaxed atmosphere and charm of a small town. Residents often cruise the town in golf carts or by foot, embracing the slower pace of life that the island provides. Separated into two islands the “Little Island” and the “Big Island”, both offering popular walking paths around the perimeters where walkers and joggers take in the breathtaking views of the bay. Balboa Island has a population of 4,500 in the winter, swelling to 10,000 in the warmer months as second homeowners return to embrace the sunshine. Properties range from beach cottages, historic homes, duplexes, and luxury estates with private docks.
Dating back to the 1920s, Balboa Island celebrates its heritage with the classically preserved Marine Avenue, a fair-like entertainment hub bustling with boutiques, jewelers, beach novelty shops, and dining. Here residents and tourists alike savor the sweet treats Balboa Island is famous for: the Balboa Bar and the chocolate-dipped frozen banana.
Balboa Island is accessible from the north by a bridge and from the Balboa Peninsula via ferry which runs 365 days a year weather permitting.
Named after the Venetian island on the coast of Italy, Lido Isle is an exclusive neighborhood located in the northwest portion of Newport Harbor. This 250 square acre island accessible by a single bridge serves as a private retreat for its 1,800 affluent residents. Luxury homes on the isle vary in architectural style, with waterfront properties featuring slips for yachts. The community features tennis courts, a yacht club, and a sailing program in the warmer months. Residents are walking distance to the newly developed Lido Village, featuring bayfront restaurants including Nobu and Malibu Farm as well as luxury retail stores like Elyse Walker and Velvet.
Nestled on the coast of West Newport where the Santa Ana River meets the sea, Newport Shores is a highly sought after community including canal front homes. The community is composed of approximately 440 properties including single-family homes and duplexes, all of which belong to a Homeowners Association that maintains a shared clubhouse, pool, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, and two parks for the community.
Beyond incredible beaches at their doorstep, residents enjoy easy access to a wide variety of entertainment along Pacific Coast Highway, the Balboa Peninsula, and neighboring Huntington Beach, including the oceanfront shopping center Pacific City.
When the community was first established in 1971, homes were built according to five different plans over 414 acres of land. Today, the community is home to over 500 units, including ultra-customized properties ranging in architectural style from modern to Mediterranean, along with 225 townhouses located on and off the golf course.
Big Canyon Country Club is a private, member-owned club that brings East Coast elegance to a West Coast setting with exquisite dining, impeccable service, and year-long recreation. Big Canyon members enjoy a recently renovated clubhouse, gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, billiards, and, of course, an 18-hole golf course. For membership consideration, each candidate must be sponsored by two members, ensuring a robust community prime for fostering personal relationships.
At the center of it all, the Big Canyon Golf Course spans 6,919 yards of immaculate, undulating greens, interspersed with ponds and trickling streams. Designed by renowned architect John F. Harbottle, III, the course occasionally hosts PGA qualifying tournaments and is frequented by professional golfers throughout the year.
Beyond the country club, Big Canyon residents enjoy the best of Newport Beach’s urban and coastal features. The community is walking distance from Fashion Island, a luxury shopping center with high-end department stores, specialty boutiques, and more than 30 dining options and restaurants, including Fig & Olive, CUCINA enoteca, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. When the sun shines, residents access some of the best beaches in California with a short drive to coastal Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, and Laguna Beach.