It's all good
Wear some USC Trojan paraphernalia, walk up to almost anyone and say, “dude”. Lifelong friends, I swear.
Upon first arriving, I highly recommend getting a Mystic Tan. It will only cost you about $15 and will serve like camouflage among the locals. But better than that, you really can’t take yourself seriously once you have posed nude in a little booth to have your body spray-painted a tannish orange. And once that self-seriousness is snuffed, the OC will surely enchant.
Take a run on the Balboa peninsula. There is no comparable feeling to having a grown man on a beach cruiser chiming his little bell for you.
Avoid a leisurely afternoon kayaking. This is a general traveling tip. Just don’t do it unless you already hate your travel companion and don’t mind sunburns, oar burns, and resentment.
The highlights: Alta coffeehouse is cool. Habana is a bar/restaurant with the best sangria I’ve ever had. Gulfstream, Bandera, and the Cannery are great to witness the local mating habits—think older crowd in “resort wear casual”. If you have real bucks stay at the Montage in Laguna (it’s all very Robb Report).
Time for a Cool Change...
"Honesty is the Best Policy." It's true, you know. Although it may sound contrite, it is both a profound yet simplified way of living.
And so it is that I present these "tips" which really aren't because I was here for such a short time. Perhaps a travelogue approach would have been more appropriate. However, as I've had this unrelenting urge to create tips because I haven't been able to go anywhere recently for a holiday(errrrrrgh), I put them here. And I'm not moving them!
With that, just breeze through the pictures, pausing to smile (or not) at the witty captions. Honestly, that's the best I can offer you on these pages but I hope you enjoy the look of the place. Maybe you'll check out other, more imformative pages and if so... "Is that such a baaaaad thing?" ;-)
"I'm Searching... Searching Every-whi-i-i-cha-way"
Newport Beach - my Backyard
This is perhaps one of my favorite places since I was a teenager, many years ago, the nice beach and pier allows you to spend the day for a small amount of change (for parking). I especially like the solitude of the winter time, when most of the tourist have gone, sometimes it is just the birds and I.
"How I feel sometimes"
Sea lions, Pelican and various birds are frequent visitors to Newport Beach. Here is one who seems to feel the same I do sometimes, fat and lazy.
Welcome to the Sunshine State
"The Famous Newport Beach Pier"
We just had breakfast down at the beach and it was such a nice day!
Being that I'm a native to Southern California, and have been to Newport a million times, I always take it for granted and never think of taking pictures while down there.
But this morning, I put my tourist hat and took this shot of the Newport Beach Pier as we were going to breakfast. It was so nice today!
We had breakfast at our favorite breakfast place down there, Charlie's Chili. Check out my tips section for a review.
Newport Beach, My Home
Orange County is easily the most hush-mouthed paradise in the country -- and we like it that way. OC rests on a 42-mile stretch of gorgeous coastline, most of it ensconced by natural and manmade jetties, where gray whales and inquisitive dolphin pods are regular sights beyond the breakers. The consistently warm, dry weather of Southern California makes for one of the most pleasant climates on the continent. Her beach cities, such as Huntington Beach, the surfing mecca of the world, and Laguna Beach, famous for its mythical, craggy-cliffed beachfront, attract discerning, international travelers year-round, who seek respite among salacious sun-worshipers. Orange County's jumping waterfront nightclubs, posh restaurants, self-indulgent health spas and brouhaha of outdoor recreation are equally as seductive. The southernmost cities are overshadowed by the snowcapped Saddleback Mountain range, which peaks at 5,687 feet. Thus, between mountains and ocean lie limitless recreational frontiers that center on surfing, boogie-boarding, scuba diving, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding and hiking. One can try surfing in the morning and then be on a ski lift atop Saddleback (provided the powder conditions allow) by late afternoon, since everything is within about an hour's drive.
Newport Beach -- started in 1889 by a group of fisherman -- made famous by John Wayne who lived for much of his life here. His former home and yacht are a major highlight of charter cruises through Newport Harbor. The boat capital of Orange County, Newport is the city where recreational boating,sportfishing and whale-watch cruises make it an incomparable hub for ocean adventure. Newport Harbor is also the setting for many films and television shows, e.g. The Wedge (a jetty that leads out of the harbor to the Pacific) is also known as "Gilligan's Point," since it marks the waterway where the S.S. Minnow is filmed as she leaves for a "three-hour tour" during the opening credits of Gilligan's Island.