Named one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, Newport Beach is a paradise for beach-going visitors. With over 10 miles of beaches ideal for families, surfing, body boarding or just sunbathing, Newport is the ideal OC beach destination. If hiking trails and bird watching are part of your vacation plans, look no further than Newport’s Upper Newport Bay ecological preserve and reserve and Crystal Cove State Park, with its picturesque Los Trancos and El Moro Canyons are coastal hiking trails that will not disappoint.
Balboa Pavilion: This is one of California’s last surviving examples of the great waterfront recreational pavilions from the turn of the century. Built in 1905 by the Newport Bay Investment Company, it played a prominent role in the development of Newport Beach as a seaside recreation area. In 1906, it became the southern terminus for the Pacific Electric Railway connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles.
Davey’s Locker Whale Watching & Sportfishing: Located in historic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. Providing year round whale watching cruises daily & deep sea fishing trips daily. View giant blue whales, grey whales, & more. Fishing trips of all lengths and first time fisherman welcome.
The Fun Roll: Group skating every week from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach and back. The Fun Roll leaves from the pier at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Anyone is welcome – so bring a friend!
Newport Harbor: One of the finest and most scenic small boat harbors in the world winds its way back to Newport Dunes, a favorite gathering place for water-oriented family fun. A calm water beach is great for sunbathing and swimming with the kids.
Upper Newport Bay: One of only a few remaining estuaries in southern California, Upper Newport Bay is a tranquil setting where fresh and saltwater meet and mix. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve represent approximately 1,000 acres of open space. It is the home of nearly 200 species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous varieties of mammals, fish, and native plants. The bay is an important stopover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway and up to 30,000 birds can be seen on any day during the winter months. Six rare endangered species can be found in this habitat including: the Light Footed Clapper Rail, Brown Pelican, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, Black Rail, Peregrine Falcon and California Least Tern.
The bay is also home to one endangered plant species – Saltmarsh Bird’s Beak. Activities: Kayaking (5.8 miles), Hiking (3.2 mile loop)