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Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Funky little shopping street.

My family is from the east coast so our view of beach towns is shapped around the east coast... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scott M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Check out the real area

This is where the term "Beach House" came from. Although very pricey, the main street is fun to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
david k
Elk Grove, California
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Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“frozen banana” (86 reviews)
“the main street” (70 reviews)
“fun shops” (12 reviews)
Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family is from the east coast so our view of beach towns is shapped around the east coast. After visiting Balboa Island I'm not quite sure that it compares to our beach town because there is no beach. It does have a shopping street...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where the term "Beach House" came from. Although very pricey, the main street is fun to walk through, funky little touristy shops, bars. Parking is hard but use it as an excuse to tour the neighborhoods. It only takes an hour or so...More

Thank david k
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love walking among the shops and restaurants. The community is full of boats and water loving people

Thank lilly172
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a morning here in November. Originally planned just breakfast, but quickly realized what a jewel I found. Take a walk along the waterfront with the houses facing the ocean. Viewing the houses is even better than viewing the water.

1  Thank texas_forrest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful homes and neighborhoods. Lots of boutiques. Multiple great places to eat. Parking is somewhat of a problem. Advice for parking. There is a medical building before the bridge. Parking in there and walk over the bridge.If you find a place on the island, time...More

Thank maggie2e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A real great day out. We all loved it. Sunset amazing. Bilboa has a great street with restaurants on. It a very affluent area so standards are reflected.

Thank John P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stay in the keys quite ab it and Balboa island is very close with its small shops and great restaurants

Thank stan b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Winter is the best time to go and walk the streets of this charming beach community. Lots of fun shops, eateries with a couple of carnival rides.

Thank LDM52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Balboa Island is beautiful. The Fun Zone is not fun. It is old, ran down. Hard to find anything exciting about it. We had visitors from Minnesota who had a pre-teen and a teenager. We had 3 teenagers (16/17). Nothing there for those guys. They...More

Thank billiesn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Other than too many frozen banana stands, and a pretty good juice bar, this place would be better skipped. I'd stop along the coast highway at any of the beaches or up to the top of the hills and hike alta laguna park (not that...More

Thank josef v
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Questions & Answers
19 May 2017|
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Response from ooiioo | Reviewed this property |
Balboa Island is in Newport Beach which is part of Orange County. Orange County is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Wendy C
16 July 2016|
Response from Jenn92663 | Reviewed this property |
Take jamboree exit and it dead ends and you'll be there.
27 April 2015|
Response from gotall | Reviewed this property |
There are not Pedi cabs but there are benches. Benches are placed regularly along the sidewalk that rings the island. There are also benches on Marine Ave., some shaded by trees.