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You can rent kayaks or SUPs by the hour or pay for an individual or family membership. I think the... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Costa Mesa, California
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Wilderness oasis in the middle of the city

Rented kayaks and paddled up the back bay into the wetlands. Easy smooth water and lots of... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Russ M
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The Newport Aquatic Center was founded in 1982 and built in 1987 as a non-profit corporation offering the public unique opportunities in the Olympic water sports of rowing, canoeing, kayaking and outrigger canoe competition. Paddlers and rowers of every age and level of ability use the NAC to sharpen their skills in rowing, canoeing, outrigger canoeing, and kayaking. Beginners come to improve their physical condition, enjoy the aesthetic and competitive aspects of these sports and intrinsically experience the spirit of the NAC. National Teams from Europe utilize this first class Aquatic Center throughout the year. The NAC hosts a variety of events during the year such as, races and regattas that provide an opportunity to hone competitive skills and several fund-raising events. Rowing and paddling clubs are invited to the regattas hosted by the center and NAC members have the opportunity to travel to races regionally, nationally and internationally. Our master/open rowing, canoe, outrigger canoe and kayak teams have won numerous National Championship titles from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Collectively, NAC members have won twelve Olympic Gold Medals.
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1 Whitecliffs Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-5726
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

You can rent kayaks or SUPs by the hour or pay for an individual or family membership. I think the prices are affordable. Being on the water in a kayak from NAC feels like you're on mini-vacation. You can paddle out toward the Back Bay...More

Thank brigeet
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Rented kayaks and paddled up the back bay into the wetlands. Easy smooth water and lots of different types of birds resting, hunting, fishing and flying. A beautiful and calm outing just a few steps from the hectic pace of city life. The kayak center...More

Thank Russ M
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I love this place. I kayaked here until I was five months pregnant! Rentals by the hour are totally reasonable and if you go often the membership is a great deal. There's kayaking, small sailing boats, rowing and I think other sports as well. I'm...More

Thank Culinary-widow
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We walked up on a wednesday morning and were able to fill out waivers right away. Then they recommended that we use the restroom first, a good idea since you are gliding along the water. We did that, having already applied sunscreen in the parking...More

Thank ClineFam
Reviewed 18 October 2015

We love NAC because of their kayaks, outriggers and SUP's are always kept in clean working condition AND they know how to rent out the entire facility for great parties! We had a fantastic summer post-wedding beach party at NAC this September and invited friends...More

1  Thank FortunateTraveler99
Reviewed 14 July 2015

I hadn't paddle boarded before and was a little nervous to try. Rental was very easy and quite well priced, $20 for an hour. After a quick tutorial as we took the boards out, we headed to the left which brings you into the nature...More

Thank racgeo
Reviewed 21 January 2015

My son (he's 8) and I rented a 2 person kayak. We have been in canoes (in small reservoirs) before, but never a kayak, and never the ocean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had no problem getting equipment, instruction, and directions and...More

1  Thank Sarg33388
Reviewed 19 October 2014

I had sent my grandchildren to its summer aquatic camps and they had all enjoyed it until about a year ago when they chose to take up surfing instead. This place is not easy to find but if you just follow Westcliff Drive towards the...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Being on the water is therapeutic - even if paddling against the wind. We rented a double kayak for some exercise on a beautiful day. The service was great and the equipment was in fine working order. We started at noon and the winds were...More

1  Thank 2012Hotelsnob
Reviewed 27 February 2014

We brought our own Kayaks. Parking was free and right near the beach. Launching is free. Bathrooms are available. Staff was helpful. We took a right and paddled along the nice houses and boats. Water was calm. We went all the way around Balboa Island....More

1  Thank PH-Travel-Lovers
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