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Balboa Island is located in the Newport Harbor of Newport Beach, California. Walk around the island and take in the views of the bay & coastal shops. There are a couple of ways to enter Balboa Island, you can drive over the bridge on Marine Avenue from Bayside Drive or Jamboree off of Pacific Coast Highway.
Ready to call Balboa Island home? Keep reading…
Fun Things to Do on Balboa Island
Once you arrive on the island, park and start to explore the coastal shops, coffee shops, and restaurants on Marine Avenue. There is a boardwalk path for walking around the island and admiring the beautiful Balboa Island homes, views of the bay, mountains, and boats.
Visit Balboa Surf & Style at 213 Marine Ave, Newport Beach for shopping, paddle boarding and biking. You can rent paddleboards, bikes, and Duffy boats to tour the harbor. Visit Sports Rents LLC for renting electric bikes, paddleboards, kayak tours and more.
If you are more adventurous, how about a Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour. This event takes about 2 to 3 hours and is open year-round. Call East Meets West Excursions at 949-201-5650 or visit their website at http://www.emwexcursions.com/ or on Balboa Island at 509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach on the west side of the island.
Balboa Island Ferry to Balboa Peninsula
You can take the Balboa Island Ferry to Balboa Peninsula by car, bike and ride over the water. I went on this ferry many times when I was younger with my parents. You need to experience it since you are visiting the area.
The ferry has been running since 1919. Hours of operation are from 6:30 am to 12:00 am Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 am to 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. There is a small fee for the service.
Once you arrive onto the Balboa Peninsula, you can enjoy the carnival-like area. Great dining, a Ferris wheel, arcade games for children at the Balboa Fun Zone. Balboa Beach and Newport Beach are located on the Peninsula for year-round fun.
Go surfing and swimming on one of the best beaches in southern California.
Stroll Along the Newport Pier, Breathe in the Ocean and Relax
Take a walk on the Newport Pier. There are two piers on the beach. One is located on the Balboa Peninsula and the other one is located on the north side of the beach.
Map of Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach
Just to give you a quick overview map of these two neighborhoods, I created this Google map just for you.
Weekend Adventure on the Famous Balboa Island
Take a weekend and explore Balboa Island. I love taking a walk around the island and watching the seagulls land on the sand. Boat owners sail and travel Newport Harbor.
You really need to experience fun things to do on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. Yelp rates Balboa Island 4.5 stars. Read the reviews on Yelp if you need an endorsement from other happy people.
Take the Balboa Island Ferry to Balboa Island or the Peninsula and the sand of the beach. Check out local dining, great coffee shops, bakeries, walk on the boardwalk and enjoy your life in Newport Beach.
Dining on Balboa Island
- Balboa Candy – a wide range of candy for any sweet tooth. Find the candy shop at 301 Marine Avenue #A at 949-723-6099
Basilic Restaurant for French food on the Island. Located at 217 Marine Avenue. Call for Reservations at 949-673-0570.
Blue Chair Bakery is perfect for your morning coffee, breakfast and bakery items at 220 Marine Ave, Suite A (949)673-4522
Ciao Italian Restaurant is located at 223 Marine Ave offering your great Italian food. Simply, can you say yummy?
Crocker’s The Well Dressed Frank. The ultimate in comfort food. This restaurant is located at 211 Marine Avenue #A in Newport Beach. 949-572-9293
Dad’s Donut & Bakery Shop. Are you looking for that something to quench your sweet tooth? If so, check out Dad’s place at 318 Marine Avenue. 949-675-4627
- Juice Crafters – keep yourself healthy year round with this raw gourmet juice bar. They use 100% all natural fruits and vegetables. Find them at 220 Marine Ave in Newport Beach 949-478-3899.
Wilma’s Patio offers you a great breakfast menu. You can find them at 203 Marine Avenue (949) 675-5542
Island Grill offers you casual dining from including tacos, burgers, and burritos. Give them a quick call at 949-673-1186
Picante Martin’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 320 Marine Avenue #B. 949-675-4627
Sugar N’ Spice – can you say desert time? You can at 310 Marine Avenue (949) 673-8907
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt – this sound great right about now. Go quickly to 302 Marine Avenue; 949-723-0223
Trattoria Mediterranean Cuisine is a small Italian style, causal, Ristorante to enjoy. 216 Marine Ave #1/2 (949)566-9525
The Village Inn has great food. I had lunch here one day with an old college friend. Check it out at 127 Marine Ave, Balboa Island 949-675-8300. Menu. Call for Reservations.
Royal Hen is an upscale pub at 311 Marine Avenue
Shanghai Pine Garden Restaurant has great Chinese Cuisine at 300 Marine Avenue 949-673-3802
Shopping on Balboa Island
- Irvine Ranch Market at 200 Marine Ave, Newport Beach. Groceries. Opens at 7:30 am. 949-409-6500.
Balboa Island Cottage Places
Balboa Island Diamond & Jewelry
Balboa Beach Company – Crush Balboa is located at 301 Marine Avenue (949) 675-2131.
Charleston Shoe Company
- Island Tales Bookshop
Just Basics – Clothing
Shirley’s Heart Balboa Island
Rachel’s of Balboa Island
Zara Fine Collections
A’Maree Sale Away
Laura Matthews Designs at 322 Marine Avenue
Rue Du Balboa
JD’s Tackle & Bait
Our Gang’s General Store
Fresh Produce Clothes
Alex’s Fashion Center
Balboa Island Real Estate
Balboa Island Homes For Sale – all current homes for sale on mainland Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island and Collins Island. View the listings for sale, rate your favorite properties, make notes on them, and save them to a free property account.
Balboa Island Real Estate Market Report of price trends
Call Jay Valento of Keller Williams Coastal Properties at 562-413-7655 today.
Olive Oil & Beyond is a gourmet retailer of extra virgin olive oil. Located at 210 Marine Avenue #A in Newport Beach. (949) 566-9380.
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