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“frozen banana”(105 reviews)
“the main street”(85 reviews)
“wilma's patio”(15 reviews)
Man-made island that features upscale shops, restaurants and an amusement park.
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206 Marine Ave Unit 322, Newport Beach, CA 92662-7020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to walk the dock and watch the sunset. We saw a pod of dolphins eating and a seal swimming towards the pier

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The island is stunning with so many great houses to see. It’s very unique and I would call it a must see. However, there was not a lot to do or places to eat along the way. The walk was very enjoyable and everything was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kberry33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balboa is one of the nicest places to visit, when others are not there! The restaurants are varied but my favorite is the frozen bananas! Very limited parking but well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank zapprint
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s a good area to visit if we drive along Pacific Coast Highway and Balboa Island visit is a must to enjoy the scenery on the island where there are a lot of nice and beautiful houses

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Deecrazycoconut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed walking on Balboa Island. It was very nice with shops and restaurants. Beautiful small homes with little yards. Very well kept. This is a beautiful place to visit. Loved it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lorryt606
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, here are some nice things about Balboa Island ... • the beach is very nice, although it is not really a swimming or surfing type of beach. The beach seemed to be well maintained and clean • the little town center is nice, but...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank treerod1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Newport Beach at least 10 time over the past 10 years. Each visit has included at least one walk around the shoreline of Balboa Island. The homes, the landscaping and the water views are simply spectacular. Bring your camera. If you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Fletch1946
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to spend a few nights at a friends house in Balboa Island and it was the highlight of our trip to USA and Mexico. The island is beautiful and you can walk or ride bikes all over the island and enjoy...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Q9343YLpeters
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the ferry over and walked from the ferry to Marine St. It was a stunning walk and I wish we had more time to walk further and explore more. We ate lunch and checked out some of the stores. Would love to go...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank F3253EPsamanthas
Reviewed September 9, 2019

It is very difficult to find parking, we'll grant you that. But... it's really worth checking out this beautiful little island. Best time would NOT be on a weekend... it's too busy and crowded then. Go mid-week and stroll around, taking in the bay views...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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May 18, 2019|
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Response from steveK9829TE | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would say Balboa Island too. You won’ have to deal with the homeless in the Pacific Beach area.
May 7, 2019|
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Response from Franklin518 | Reviewed this property |
I have lived in and/or visited each of these locations. I think yo would most enjoy the Laguna Beach area. Lots to do, eat, shop and you have easy access to surrounding towns.
January 30, 2019|
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Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
The shops are on Marine Avenue... the boardwalk surrounds the islands... lots of whales in season and tons of dolphin.... but Mother Nature does as she pleases... sometimes you get lucky! The Pier is on the Peninsula... More