There’s nothing better than a weekend getaway. Throwing a few things into our well traveled weekend bags and heading off to another new place to discover and explore. Today we are looking at gorgeous Newport Beach, California and covering off the top five reasons it’s a perfect weekend destination.
The Balboa Peninsula
The Balboa Peninsula is a beautiful quiet neighborhood that boasts a three mile stretch of beach and a stunning harbour, all overlooking the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. There is a charming little pavilion, that’s over 100 years old that is the area’s most famous landmark. There is also an extensive array of sea front restaurants to while away a couple of hours lunching under the sun.
If you’re traveling with kids the Balboa Peninsula has heaps of activities to keep them occupied. There is the Balboa Fun Zone, the pier, the Dory Fishing Fleet Market and the Environmental Nature Center.
Corona del Mar State Beach
If you’re looking for a bit of beach action then this is the place to find it. Corona del Mar State Beach, meaning ‘Crown of the Sea’ is a protected half-mile beach that offers a whole host of water activities. This protected sandy beach is home to surfers, snorkelers, scuba divers and is also a famous beach for great sea swimming. There you will also be able to get involved with the locals in a couple of games of volleyball or, of course, you could just chill on this stunning beach, relax and do a spot of sunbathing.
Top Notch Accommodation
Newport beach is renowned for its wide range of accommodation. There really is something for everyone from beach front studio apartments to penthouse suite apartments with panoramic views to luxury hotels. Do a little research on the what you’re looking for from your weekend stay and the location that would best suit your needs for your trip. If you’re looking for city centre convenience then a hotel like the Ramada Inn and Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach is a really great choice.
The Orange County Museum of Art
If you’re looking to dabble in a little culture then there is the fantastic Orange County Museum of Art. This wonderful gallery is all about Californian art and its evolution over the 20th Century. The collections include over 3,000 art pieces of sculptures, paintings and photography. The Orange County Museum of art also showcases new art media pieces of art including digital installations and contemporary video art. This place is a must-do for all culture vultures and art lovers.
Go on a Gondola
For all you romantics out there why not go for a romantic cruise down the Newport Harbour in a stunning Venetian Gondola. We recommend going for a gondola ride at sunset to make sure it’s an extra special moment. Enjoy a glass of refreshing, chilled champagne and maybe even treat yourselves to a little picnic and watch the sun go down as you enjoy this unique water ride experience.