Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hidden hot spots in Newport Beach

On a beautiful friday in January I went to Balboa Island. Balboa island is an enchanting artificial island which has many curious speciality stores, cozy restaurants and cute housing. The island is located in Newport Harbor, just south of the city of Newport Beach. 

Newport Beach is one of  the wealthiest communities in California and Balboa island is one of the most expensive real estate markets in North America. 

Balboa island is all about sweets! They are famous for Original Frozen Bananas, Balboa Bars and Hippo Cookies. You can get all of them at "Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop" on Marine Ave.

"Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop"
318 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662

For gifts, I found a lovely seashell store on Marine Ave. The staff was very helpful and sweet so I could take my time to find the perfect item.

"California Seashell"
218 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662

There are two ways to get onto this island from the coast. One choice is a bridge at the north of the island.  Another way is a short ferry ride  from the south of the island.

"Balboa Island Ferry"

410 S Bayfront
Newport Beach, CA 92662

It costs only $1 (child over 5 costs $0.50) and also you can take your vehicles for $2.

The ride was a very short time but it was one of the most beautiful moments that I've ever experienced.

This time I rode the ferry from Balboa Island to the peninsula of Balboa. The landing at Balboa peninsula is pretty exciting because of the Fun Zone.
Balboa Fun Zone offers  a Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Nautical Museum, Arcades, quaint shops and great restaurants.

600 E Bay Ave Ste R

Newport BeachCA 92661


The town of Balboa has a lot of charm too, such as finding these dynamic arts and meeting friendly locals. I was very satisfied with just strolling around the town. 

After a full day of joy I rode the ferry back to Balboa Island.
 This ferry leaves every few minutes so there is very little waiting time.
Balboa Island's landing is more for residents but there is a small local park right near by. You will be happy to stop by here with your kids.