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Balboa Island

Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Beautiful Island

Balboa Island is a beautiful, relaxing, fun, active place to visit. Finding the island was very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Diane F
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
One bad apple....please do something about this abusive owner...

Please read all of the Yelp reviews (including the "not recommended"...equally disturbing) about... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Irvine, CA
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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” (75 reviews)
“fun shops” (12 reviews)
Newport Beach, CA
+1 949-673-6580
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Balboa Island is a beautiful, relaxing, fun, active place to visit. Finding the island was very easy and parking was no big deal either. A cute place with lots to do like shopping, or picking your favorite restaurant to eat at. There are coastal tours...More

Thank Diane F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Please read all of the Yelp reviews (including the "not recommended"...equally disturbing) about Olive Oil and Beyond. I've owned properties in Newport Beach for over 25 years. I've been going to Balboa Island for over 30 years. The owner of Olive Oil and Beyond is...More

Thank CALIFjeremy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit here in twelve months: the weather, first time, was damp and pretty miserable but we couldn’t fail to see how gorgeous it would be in the sunshine and, in the recent heatwave, it sure was!! Pedal bikes for rent and...More

Thank Westwick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t miss this place if you’re coming to Southern California. You can drive onto the island and take the ferry across to the peninsula or just drive out onto the peninsula. There are harbor tours, whale watching tours and beautiful beaches. There are two great...More

Thank balanceok
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is very relaxing and fun to go walking or biking. The area has a lot of little shops and restaurants.

Thank MC P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very cute place to visit. Quaint and chill. A perfect place to spend a Sunday morning for early breakfast, brunch or coffee. Great photo opps too!

Thank Rona_Michels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far the best sand beach we’ve visited in California when it comes to swimming and sitting by the ocean. We’ve been to the beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean and those were awesome as well, but some of the other Southern California sand...More

2  Thank RNRVTravler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint neighborhood with bay views and cute luxury homes. Several shops and some restaurants are on the main street as well as public restrooms. Strolling on the walkways along the canals day or night is very relaxing. Holiday season here is especially beautiful with lots...More

Thank MandC0218
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to spend a day wandering the waterfront, admiring old houses and visiting the shops and restaurants then Balboa Island is the place for you. We spent all day there and then came back the next day to see if we missed anything....More

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I felt like the whole island was a movie set. The houses are close together, the streets are narrow and everything is clean. The main street was cute, quaint and friendly.

Thank Kathie N
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Questions & Answers
20 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.
28 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.