Aerial drone shot over Newport Beach in Orange County, with coastal homes, blue skies, beaches and harbor entrance in view.
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Newport Beach

Updated by Sasha Yanshin on November 14 2023

If you are searching for a stunning coastline ideal for surfing and sunbathing, with a beautiful harbor and quaint local attractions, then make sure to visit Newport Beach. Known for its luxurious surroundings, this popular, west-facing beach, offers miles of sandy shores and stunning sunsets.

A quick overview of Newport Beach, California
Street AddressπŸ“Newport Beach, California 92660
Facilities at this beach

πŸ•’ Opening hours (9am-8pm)

πŸš— Parking (From $1.20-$4/hour, Maximum rate $15)

πŸ›Ÿ Lifeguard station

🚻 Public restrooms

Where can I find the Newport Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway?

Newport Beach is easily accessible from the Pacific Coast Highway, nestled between Huntington Beach to the northwest and Laguna Beach to the southeast. Once you get closer you can follow signs to reach Newport Beach.

Newport Beach is located around 45 miles south of Los Angeles, a 40 minute drive, and 90 miles north of San Diego, taking around 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive.

Why we love visiting Newport Beach

There are plenty of reasons why a visit to Newport Beach should be included in your itinerary as you pass along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Newport Beach is renowned for its surfing and sunsets, so make sure to settle into your lounger and enjoy the view. As well as surfers and sun worshippers, Newport Beach is also popular if you are looking for luxury shopping, dining and entertainment. Even spotting a celebrity or two.

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Renowned for its diverse coastline, there really is something for everyone. Marvel at the Wedge, known for its massive waves and bodyboarding, to the calm waters of Corona del Mar State Beach.

A maritime haven, Newport Beach boasts one of the largest recreational harbors on the U.S. west coast. Wander the harbor spotting the many impressive boats, yachts, and watercrafts.

Newport Beach city has a reputation for luxury, with upscale neighborhoods surrounding the beach. The area is surrounded by boutique shopping, gourmet dining, and yachting culture.

A highlight of the holiday season, the city also holds the Newport Beach Boat Parade. This festive event draws in huge crowds, where the decorated boats sail around the harbor.

The beautiful sea-facing houses on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California
Take a visit to Balboa Island during your visit, packed with luxury boutiques and homes.
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What else is there to do near Newport Beach?

Newport Beach is certainly going to keep you busy for a day or two, however there are also plenty of other great attractions right on the doorstep. Take a look at some of our favorites.

  1. Balboa Peninsula & Fun Zone - A bustling hub of entertainment, here you can find the historic Fun Zone offering a range of amusement rides and arcade games. Fun for all the family.
  2. Newport Harbor - As one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast, here you can marvel at yachts, sailboats, and a lively boardwalk atmosphere, ideal for waterside strolls and dining.
  3. Balboa Island - Connected to the mainland by a short ferry ride, Balboa Island is packed with quaint boutiques, waterfront homes, and the famous Balboa Bar. Try a frozen treat dipped in chocolate.
  4. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve - A must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts, this is a prime location for birdwatching and nature walks.

Common questions about visiting Newport Beach

The stunning beachfront and excitement of the surrounding city makes this area impressive, with everything you need to hand.

Is Newport Beach accessible and open year-round?

β­• Yes, Newport Beach is accessible and open year-round.

Can I enjoy water sports at Newport Beach?

β­• Yes, you can enjoy water sports at Newport Beach, including surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing

Is Newport Beach easily accessible for those using wheelchairs or strollers?

β­• Yes, Newport Beach is accessible.

❗ Around the cliffs of Corona del Mar and Little Corona Beach there are more steps which can be difficult for those with low mobility.

Is there anywhere to buy refreshments at Newport Beach?

β­• Yes, you can buy refreshments at Newport Beach.

Are dogs allowed on Newport Beach?

β­• Yes, dogs are allowed at Newport Beach however only at certain times and not between 10am-4.30pm. They must be on a leash.

Are there any changing facilities at Newport Beach?

β­• Yes, there are changing facilities and showers at Newport Beach.

Are there any beach chairs or umbrellas to hire at Newport Beach?

β­• Yes, there are beach chairs and umbrellas available to hire at Newport Beach.

Is there anything else to watch out for when I visit Newport Beach?

Newport Beach is one of the more upscale areas in Orange County, so be prepared for higher prices in some dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.

If you're interested in exploring Newport Harbor or taking a whale-watching tour, it's a good idea to book in advance, especially during peak times.

Newport Beach, California, USA with a view of Balboa Pier after sunset with calm sea surrounding it and beach in the foreground.
You can be sure of incredible sunsets across Newport Beach during your visit.