I don't know if very many of you know this but I went to University of California Irvine for college. In fact, so much of UCI is in Newport Beach, many of us just thought of it as being in Newport. All the cool kids lived in Newport Beach just steps from the water. Back then, it was more important to be steps from the bars!
My senior year of college, I lived on Balboa Island. Balboa Island was originally little more than a mudflat surrounded by swampland. Now, it is a beautiful, picture perfect little island off the coast of Newport Beach. The best thing about Balboa Island?
Dad's Balboa Bars! Not my Dad's. The original place is called Dad's. You can also catch an auto ferry from Balboa Island and head over to Balboa Peninsula.
Last Christmas, we took a little road trip from San Diego up to Newport Beach. Kids apparently don't feel cold at all. SD Dad and I are bundled up out of view of the camera. Haha! One thing you will notice about Newport Beach right away is that there is an endless supply of GOOD food!
But beyond the food, there are so many fun things for families to do! You can explore the boardwalk, grab a shake at Ruby’s on the Balboa Pier, watch the fisherman on the Newport Pier reel in the catch of the day, witness the gray whales migrate on a whale watching excursion, catch the top body surfers in action at the world-famous Wedge, go for a run along the historic Back Bay, run through Crystal Cove State Park after an infamous brunch at The Beachcomber, check out fancy pants Fashion Island (which is dog friendly) and grab a drink at Sharkeez or Mutt Lynch's.
I have so many happy memories of Newport Beach and it is so awesome to be able to take my family there on a quick road trip! Check it out over the Holidays. See why it is a favorite day tripping destination for all of Southern California!
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So, when are you going to visit Newport Beach? Will you take me with you?
As always, I wish you Happy Feet,