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 swell has reached as high as 30 ft. Bettr to watch from afar this wondurous thing of nature.
Check out the many clips of the wedge via You Tube to truly see the danger here!
Don't EVER call it The OC. People will laugh at you. This is the equivalent of calling San Francisco "Frisco." Think about it... it's not "The Orange County." Some people call it OC, but never put a "The" before it.
Note: The above was written on Aug 22, 2003 during the first season of "The OC." Since then, it's become more common for people to refer to the area as "The OC," as a nod to the popularity of the show. I think it's used with a healthy dose of irony and you'd probably still get strange looks if you asked a local to take you to "The OC."
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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 encounter which is to say... I can't paint you because I don't know you, but I like what I've seen of you!
Careful- you're wallet will take a hit...
if you don't attempt to budget your Newport beach trip. If you are trying to live here, well, feed your wallet well! Newport offers opulence. If you want to experience the best of this, be prepared to pay. The finest of hotels, restuarants, evening entertainment events, vacation rentals and more are here. Houses in NB, as well in nearby Laguna Beach , are the most expensive in Orange county, average at least 1 million.
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