Have a Blast in Newport Beach: A Great Beach Town for a Weekend of Fun

Newport Beach is the perfect destination for a long weekend if you’re looking to have some fun. Located in Orange County, Newport Beach is notorious for its pristine houses and immaculate residential areas, funky shopping districts, and exciting attractions.

It’s just a short trip from San Diego by car and the drive will be well worth it. Stay for the weekend and enjoy the picturesque beaches, huge harbor area, and many great things to do. Here are some of the highlights in Newport Beach attractions, these are places you MUST see!

Balboa Island

Balboa Island is my favorite place in Newport Beach. The main street called Marine Avenue has great shops and boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. It’s the perfect place to window shop! Walk around the neighborhoods and you’ll see unique homes with pristine gardens in the front yard.

“The Island” is actually a series of three islands (Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island, and Collins Island). To get here from Newport Beach, it’s fun to ride on the Balboa Island Ferry, the ferry has been in service since 1919!

Newport Beach

Newport Beach is so popular with tourists and locals alike. Check out their one-of-a-kind beach culture and unbelievable surf during the day and come back at night to walk down the long pier. Newport Pier has lots of great restaurants, shops, and little boutiques along the way, the pier is one of the best places to hang out on a Friday night.

Fashion Island

Fashion Island is THE ultimate shopping experience for the diehard fashionista. As Southern California’s most luxurious shopping destination, Fashion Island has all the best luxury, designer, and high-fashion stores and boutiques like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s. Fashion Island also has incredible restaurants for you to try when you need a break from shopping.

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is a historical part of Newport Beach. Made up of 3.2 miles of beaches and 2,400 acres of protected backcountry, Crystal Cove State Park offers a variety of fun activities like hiking, biking, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and horseback riding. You can also stay at Crystal Cove State Park, there are over a dozen restored cottages from the 1930s that are great for a vacation rental.

Places to Sleep & Places to Eat

Newport Beach has a lot of excellent hotels and accommodations that will please any visitor. Depending on where you would like to spend the majority of your time, use this Newport Beach hotel finder to locate your ideal “home” while in Newport Beach.

If you like seafood, then you are in for a treat! Newport Beach is a fishing town and the seafood at Bear Flag Fish Company is the best place to get fresh seafood with exceptional service as well. The modern atmosphere is fun for an afternoon of fish tacos or a more elaborate dinner.

For the coffee junkies and breakfast lovers, Pain du Monde is a quaint café that serves privately roasted coffee and espresso, homemade bakery, and savory breakfast options. Start your day in Newport Beach at Pain du Monde and you’ll be ready for anything.