Newport Beach Travel Guide
Newport Beach, California
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Newport Jazz Festival
This is one of the best events for the price you can attend! For the entire day, you will listen to 8 - 9 musicians/groups perform in a beautiful setting at the Hyatt Regency for $55. The Friday evening concert is just one performer with assigned seating but it's usually worthwhile because there is...
The annual Christmas Boat Parade is a crowd pleaser for locals and many visitors. Fancy yachts , boats and kayaks dazzle marvelously while going on a 2 hour cruise, starting around 6:30. Capturing the best views is fun or frustrating. The best bet for reserve seating is to contact local groups like...
Here is the charming part of greater Newport Beach, at Balboa Island. It is relatively quiet. Couples new and old, as well as families, can take a nice stroll without so much traffic.
Right by the beach, there is a family fun zone area with rides , shops, pizza and ice cream. For all of you...
Join the Movie-going Frenzy during Film Festival !
Newport Beach Film FestivalThere is Hollywood- and then there in Newport Beach. If you ask locals here where they would rather be or live, between these two choices, the latter would be more popular of a choice- hands down! Hollywood, even with its rich, exclusive part being...
Come to Crystal Cove for Nature & Intimacy
Crystal Cove is due south in Newport Coast, nestled between the main Newport beach area and Laguna Beach. The cove area includes the Pacific coastline, quaint beach cottages and a park well suited for hiking and cycling.Beach- gorgeously cliff-lined, clean, walkable...
3 Thirty 3: Seek out Casual Convival 333
Come join the locals at 3-Thirty-3, a quintescential Newport Beach locale to dine. Located off a waterfront along P.C.H, 333 has a chill out atmosphere with sophistication. Expect affordable semi-gourmet entrees and afforadble prices on the menu (One can escape spending $30...
Sol Restaurant: Wonderful Patio Setting
We bought tickets for an evening performance of the Jazz festival. There was an option to include dining at the hotel's restaurant which we opted for. This was a buffet that included a variety of bread choices, various salads fixings, a seafood salad, baked potato bar,...
El Ranchito: Taco Tuesday at El Ranchito
Must be the hottest spot in town for Tuesday nights. $5 cover gets you all the tacos you can eat. Better get there early though to secure a table especially during the summer months. Unfortunately, your cervezas are not happy hour prices. Ask your bartender though to see if...
Visit Balboa/NB w/ one bus via Disneyland/N O.C.
If staying in the Disneyland area, there is a straight, one-route bus to get to the Balboa area in Newport- OCTA 47. No need to make multiple connections. At the intersection of Katella Ave & Anaheim St, one can catch the 47 heading south to make it down to charming Balboa....
Take a Ferry ride to Balboa
One can embark on a small scale but fun ride on a ferry for a few bucks! Though the ride is only for about 5 min, it sure beats riding on the shorter kiddie horses and other creatures found in the malls for a quarter. Well, certainly, adults would look silly on one of theose...
Newport Colony: Shop for Newport Beach naut. merch here
If you are touring Newport and want to take a piece or two of it back home, come to the Colony. Local Many knick-knacks in the shop are of the nautical theme. See specific items on this blog link:http://www.sandandsisal.com/2011/09/newport-colony.htmlLocated in Fashion...
Forever 21: Shop at the best Forever 21 store
Location, location, location. Because of Newport Beach being so grand, the Forever 21 store at Fashion Island HAS to be the most attractive with the best selection of clothing- mainly for female categories (standard, plus size, sporting wear, etc) but also there is a great...
Not exactly "The OC"
Note: The following was written on Aug 22, 2003 during the first season of "The OC." I stopped watching the show midway through second season.Newport Beach is where The OC is set. I thought I'd use this page to dispel a few myths in a humorous light.Fact: Lest you go to...
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...
Avoid the Wedge, you Novice and Pro
The Wedge is the big ado of Newport Beach waters. It is an extreme, slamming wave off the eastern end of Balboa Peninsula. It's so legendary that famed surf rock guru Dick Dale sung its praises and was featured in the surf lovin' film, The Endless Summer. The huge,deadly...
DANGER! You Could Learn to Like this Place...
"If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you?" That's the only dilemma, worry, or warning I can think to give of Newport Beach. I'm sure there are some, but I don't know of them and hope never to learn. My impression is pure and one of a leisure...
Relax in Cannery Row/Village neighborhood
A quiet, charming architectural part of Newport Beach good for strolling is within the Balboa area of Cannery Village- Cannery Row. I happened to stroll through here on my way back from the beach. The Row stretches roughly along Lafayette Rd between 28th and 31st. There is a...
Seek out Sherman Library and Gardens
Sherman Library and Gardens can be easily missed during a Newport Beach vacation. It covers a little block of the Corona del Mar area and is quite a walking distance away from the shore. Though small, Sherman is a breathtakingly beautiful institution dedicated to...
Buy Gourmet at Bristol
Bristol Farms is an upscale California based market with gourmet culinary goodies and some of the freshest produce around. The Newport Beach location at the Corona del Mar shopping plaza (close to Fashion Island) is one of the premiere locations. New renovations have been...
Know that this is a Republican town
Talk of Politics! In this city of the very "blue" (Democrat) state of California, one sees mostly "red" (Republican). NB/Corona del Mar residents are not reticent to lash against "hefty lefty-influence" in their town. But for those who are blue, don't fret, N.B. will welcome...
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