By Deb Flomberg
It may be a man-made island, but it’s one of the best places in California to enjoy a wide variety of beach activities in a relatively small area. Balboa Island is part of the city of Newport Beach, but it is like a little city all on its own. The distance around the island is 2.6 miles, so it is the perfect place to visit for a day.
There is a lot to do at Balboa Island, and one of the most popular activities on the island is boating. The Newport Landing Whale Watching Cruises have operated from Newport Bay for more than 20 years, and it is a great way to enjoy whales, dolphins and other amazing ocean life. Or you can check out Davey’s Locker for some fun group sport fishing trips lead by expert captains with lots of help learning how to fish.
There are a lot of fun annual events on Balboa Island to enjoy as well. In early June, you can catch the Balboa Island Parade with floats, music, food and lots of fun. There is always a theme, so it is a great deal of fun to see what everyone comes up with. If you are able to make it for the Fourth of July holiday, then enjoy the annual Fourth of July Boat Parade with Fireworks at the Dunes. There is also a very popular annual holiday boat parade in December every year.
Of course there is plenty of dining to enjoy on the Island as well. From casual sandwich shops to more upscale dining. You’ll find a cuisine for every craving and a restaurant for every cuisine. When you are done eating, stroll the Island’s many boutique shops – there are no chain stores here. Just great little shops that specialize in all sorts of amazing crafts, home décor, clothing and more.
For a fun day trip like this, you’ll want to arrive at Balboa Island in style. Consider driving the E550 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It’s a luxurious ride and a comfortable car so it is the perfect choice for a day trip such as this.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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