Take a Peek at Island Life on Balboa

The sun is shining, the sounds of birds sing in the background and the wind smells like the Pacific. This perfect weather picture is pretty much applicable year round. So what better way to enjoy your day, than spend it with friends and family exploring Balboa. From the peninsula to the fun zone, to the island, all the way to the village and back, activities galore await you at Balboa, located in Newport Beach. Parasailing, whale watching, fishing charters and water activities such as Sea-Doo rentals and stand up paddle boarding spark your adventurous side. Quaint boutiques, specialty shops, and art galleries offer numerous shopping opportunities. And we can’t forget about the Christmas boat parade! With so many shops and activities, we’re sure you’ll have trouble deciding where to start. Choose your adventure with this mini-guide to island life.



Start your day out by renting a Segway. Enjoy fantastic views of the peninsula as you take in the fresh ocean air. When you’re done with your tour, check out all of the other activities available through the rental options. Between Seaside Bicycles, Ray’s Rentals, Marina Boat Rentals, Balboa Water Sports, and more, your options are endless. If you’re entertaining children, opt for a day of entertainment through the attraction Ocean Motion, enjoy time on the water whale watching, and take advantage of the educational experience ExploreOcean provides.


A day of adventuring at Balboa is sure to lead to a well-deserved appetite. If you’re in the mood for sushi, then you have to try San Shi Go, where they have an amazing Omakase menu that is out of this world. Essentially, the Chef gets to choose what you enjoy for dinner, providing an unexpected experience — definitely one for the books! Don’t worry, though, you’re in good hands. Any place that makes their own soy sauce knows how to show you a good time. Does the thought of sushi have you feeling like a fish out of water? No worries! They have a ton of alternate options to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about pleasing the whole family.


When shopping in this area you really get a sense of community. Small business, boutique shops offer a unique experience to it’s visitors. There are souvenir opportunities throughout for you to remember your time at Balboa, or if you’re looking for something with a bigger wow factor, see what’s available in the art galleries. Whether you are looking for a piece of jewelry to complete your outfit, a swimsuit to jump in the water with, or an elegant outfit to wear out to dinner, there is something for everyone.


If you’re having so much fun that you just aren’t ready to leave, deciding to get a vacation rental is a no-brainer. This way, you don’t have to pack all of the adventures into one day, you can extend it to a week, or even the whole summer! Or if you absolutely fall in love with this area and simply can’t get enough of it, consider reaching out to Don Abrams of Abrams Coastal Properties and making this area your new neighborhood.

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