Newport Beach is best known for its upscale, luxury residential areas, fine shopping and amazing restaurants, it is also known a strong business community with a quality school system. It surrounds Newport Bay where approximately 4,300 boats of all types are docked within the 21-square-mile harbor area. The bay area and the City’s eight miles of ocean beach offer outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities.
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Community of Villages
Travel from the east to the west side of the city – or the north end to the south end – and you will get a flavor of the distinct residential and commercial areas that combine to make the City of Newport Beach one of the most attractive communities on the west coast. Newport Beach is known for its “villages”, each with its own distinct character and appearance. They include:
The Peninsula is a three-mile stretch bordered by Newport Harbor on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. It’s famous for “the Wedge,” arguably one of the best bodysurfing sites in the world and the Ocean Front Walk, one of the region’s most popular boardwalks. At the foot of Newport Pier lies the historic McFadden Square, named for the family that helped found the city and the Dory Fishing Fleet, where local fisherman bring in fresh seafood daily. Approximately one mile south of the Newport Pier is the Balboa, another of the city’s villages. Balboa includes the Balboa Pier, the Balboa Fun Zone, and the historic Balboa Pavilion. Catch the Balboa Ferry from here for the short ride over to Balboa Island.
Lido Marina Village
Lido Marina Village is a charming shopping area with waterfront dining, stores, the historic Lido Theater, and dynamic views of the harbor. Just over the bridge sits Lido Isle, a residential neighborhood located on one of the seven islands of Newport Harbor. The Cannery, a former fish canning operation, still stands nearby.
This section of Coast Highway is located between the Arches Interchange (where Coast Highway meets Newport Boulevard) and Dover Drive. It contains yacht brokerages, marine supply stores, high-end automobile dealerships, a mix of retail and restaurants, and the beautiful Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
The area known as Balboa Island is actually comprised of three islands – Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island and Collins Island. The main street, Marine Avenue, is lined with quaint shops, art galleries and restaurants. “The Island” is known for the great walking path that circles its perimeter, the annual Balboa Island Parade, its annual Art Walk, and, of course, the legendary Balboa Bar – vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate and assorted toppings.
The Islands of Newport Harbor
Another unique feature of Newport Beach is the eight islands located in Newport Harbor. Bay Island, Collins Island, Harbor Island, Lido Isle, Linda Isle, Little Balboa Island, and Newport Island are strictly residential areas. Balboa Island has residential and some small commercial areas.
Communities in Newport Beach include:
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