Balboa, Newport Beach

Things To Do

1. Visit Balboa Island

About Balboa Island

Balboa Island is a small man-made island community within the city of Newport Beach. It is surrounded by the Balboa Bay and can be accessed via bridge or ferry. There are plenty of fun things to do and see while visiting Balboa Island. Here are a few of my favorite things to do within the Balboa Island/Newport area.


2.  Ride the Balboa Ferry

The Balboa Ferry is a shuttle service that transports riders from Balboa Island to the Balboa Peninsula across the Balboa Bay. It operates Monday-Sunday 6:30pm-12:00am.

Address: 410 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92661



The Balboa Ferry is a great way to explore more of Balboa while soaking up some beautiful views of the Balboa Bay. It only takes about 5-10min to reach the other side.


3. Explore Balboa Peninsula

There is so much to do and see within the Balboa Peninsula. My favorite thing to do is bike the boardwalk.


Biking the boardwalk to the Wedge you will see cute beach houses and a white sandy shore.

5. Visit the Wedge

The Wedge is a popular surf spot at the far east end of Balboa Peninsula. It is known for its massive wedge shaped swells that attracts extreme skilled bodysurfers.

The massive wedge shaped swells attracts the most skilled bodysurfers 
Such a beautiful shoreline at the Wedge on a calm day.

6. The West Jetty View Park

The West Jetty View Park is located at the end of the Peninsula. It offers beautiful views of the ocean, Corona Del Mar, sail boats and yachts. There are park benches to sit and relax while enjoying the views. From here you can also walk to the beach and check out the surfers at the Wedge.

Address: 2300 Channel Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92661


7. Balboa Pier


8. Grab Some Food at Banzai Bowls


9. Pay Tribute to Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson was a local Newport Beach lifeguard known for his heroic effort to save and rescue a man struggling to swim against the turbulent ocean swells. Ben lost his life to help save the man’s life. The statue of Ben is located near the Newport Beach Pier and helps pay tribute to his heroic sacrifice.



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