When you visit Orange County, you will hear the same words describing iconic locations - Disneyland is ‘the happiest place on Earth’ while the beaches are known for its ‘beauty’ and ‘waves.’ There is one word to describe the timeless treasure of Balboa Island - ‘lovely.’
Located in Newport Beach, Balboa Island is less than half an hour drive from Anaheim. It is known for its laid back and relaxing atmosphere with more than manageable crowds. The Fun Zone is one of the most renowned attractions in Balboa offering a Ferris wheel, an arcade, games and many other cool shops and a few rides fun for all.
Surrounded by water on all sides, Balboa Island offers endless water activities. If you are early riser, whale watching is something you should definitely try. Around for more than 20 years, Newport Landing Whale Watching Tours has great tours, and you can almost guarantee you are going to see a dolphin or a whale. Besides whale watching, other activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, electric boat rental, and dinner cruises around the harbor as you sail around the super expensive mansions. If you want a little more excitement, another super fun way to spend your day is to go sportsfishing. Davey’s Locker Sportfishing offers fishing trips open to individuals, families, and all size groups.
If you find yourself in Balboa Island, first and for-most, a must see and do in Balboa Island is the Balboa Island Ferry, taking you to and from quaint Balboa Island. The ferry can be accessed from either the Newport Peninsula side or Balboa Island. Bridges connected the ‘mainland’ to the island in 1919, and now offer easy access from either route, however, the ferry is a much funner way to cross waters, where you drive onto the ferry boat and cross over as you stay seated in your car. You may also walk on to the ferry to get to the other side. Either way, it is lovely for the adults and super cool for the kids.
Balboa Island, a perfect vacation from your vacation, offering an opportunity to cleanse after the hustle and bustle of your other vacation.