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Sun, Sand And Adventure: Fun Things To Do In Newport Beach

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Newport Beach is a place of sun, sand and surf and is an outdoor paradise. It also offers shopping opportunities as well as many tours. Explore the many attractions that this town has to offer during your stay.

1. Surf and sand

Posted by Newport Beach, California on Saturday, 11 March 2017

There are plenty of beaches in the Newport Beach area, including Newport Municipal Beach and its picturesque wooden fishing pier gives you great views of the shoreline. Balboa Pier Beach offers a bike trail for bikes and runners and Corona Del Mar State Beach is on the east side of Newport Harbor, where volleyball is very popular. Pirate Cove Beach is a great place for swimming and has cliffs behind the beach. North Star Beach is known for paddle boarding and kayaking and has many species of birds and has become one of the top bird-watching destinations in the state. West Jetty View Beach is popular with body surfers, surfers, knee boarders, and body boarders and is located by Balboa Peninsula.

Classic Yacht Adventures provides the unique combination of a classic yacht with history. They offer several different adventures such as half or full day private chartered yacht along the stunning southern California coastline, known as the Gold Coast. The tours offer the option to stop in one of the many coves and have lunch. The Newport Harbor Tour lets you check out one of the largest yacht harbors in the world. You will see luxurious yachts, beautifully restored classic boats and the many sea creatures in the area from diving pelicans to California sea lions, playing in the water. In the Sunset Cruise, guests are treated to a spectacular view, delicious appetizers and a wine tasting, while sailing through Newport Harbor and the open ocean to enjoy a southern California sunset. Sailing etc

Newport Area Beaches

Website: California Beaches Newport

Classic Yacht Adventures

Address: 3335 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA

Price: from 350 USD (Bay cruise), 525 USD (Half-day sail) and 1,150 USD (Full-day sail)

Duration: 2 to 7 hours depending which charter you take

Contact: +1 (949) 612-8767

Website: Classic Yacht Adventures

2. Whale watching and kayak tours

Check out this shot from one of our recent whale watching encounters! When the Ocean Explorer and Patriot cooperated to...

Posted by Newport Landing Whale Watching on Friday, 31 March 2017

Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering tours for 20 years in Newport Bay. Their primary whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with unobstructed views from anywhere on the boat.They have five ships that take visitors on tours which can also include dolphin sightings, too.

Newport Bay Conservancy is focused on the conservation and restoration of Upper Newport Bay, a natural resource of southern California. They offer Kayak tours of the Back Bay area and are led by a naturalist guide. The guide begins with a quick lesson on kayak paddling and then leads the group into the Ecological Reserve. They make several stops to discuss the ecology and wildlife of the Bay. They also give several free nature hikes including the Explore the Bay Family Hike and the Big Canyon Bird and Plant Walk which involves exploring several habitats and provides a great introduction for those interested in identifying birds and plants of the Bay area. The Back Bay Drive Nature Walk is a leisurely morning walk along Bay Back Drive, observing birds and plants.

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Address: 309 Palm St #A, Newport Beach, CA 92661

Price: from 30 USD (Seniors and Kids Under 12) and 36 USD (Adults)

Opening Hours: Several tours a day depending on the season, check their website for more info.

Website: Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Bay Conservancy

Address: 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Price: from 12.50 - 25 USD (Kayak tour) and free-of-charge (Other walks)

Duration: 2 hours

Access: 13 min from Newport Beach

Contact: +1 (949) 640-1751

Website: Newport Bay Conservancy

3. Museums and wine tours

Posted by Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum on Thursday, 3 November 2016

There are quite a few museums in the area including the Gray Matter Museum of Art which has sculpture, pottery, glass-blowing, interpretive performances, music, photography, drawings, paintings, design and fashion, all made by local artists who need exposure for their work. The International Surfing Museum located up the coast, in Huntington Beach, has a great collection of surfboards and local history that has been preserved and cataloged into a rotating exhibit. Go inland a bit and you can see the Irvine Historical Museum, located in the San Joaquin Ranch House. This museum includes a research library and an extensive photo collection of local historic information.

The Orange County Wine Tour offers a personal guide as you learn about the process of making handcrafted wines, complete with tastings. They offer three options for tours. The one winery tour includes your choice between a winemaking tour or a vineyard and cave tour or the two winery tour which includes a tour of two wineries, caves, wine tasting and learning about wine making. Finally, the three winery tour includes visiting two estate wineries both with vineyards, and a year-round winemaking facility. These are private estates and guests travel in limos to the locations.

Gray Matter Museum of Art

Address: 485 E 17th St #101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Access 50 Santa Ana Bus 17th-Irvine

Website: Gray Matter Art Museum

International Surfing Museum

Address: 411 Olive Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Price: 2 USD

Opening Hours: Closed Mondays, Tues to Sun 12-5pm

Access: 1 Bus Long Beach, Pacific Coast Main

Website: International Surfing Museum

Irvine Historical Museum

Address: 5 San Joaquin, Irvine, CA 92612

Price: 5 USD

Opening Hours: Tues to Sunday 1-4 pm; closed holidays

Access: CA 55 N to I-405 S to Irvine

Website: Irving Historical Museum

Orange County Wine Tour

Price: from 65 - 129 USD

Opening Hours: limo pickup at set times

Duration: Tour 1: 3 hrs, Tour 2: 4 hrs and Tour 3: 6 hrs

Website: Orange County Wine Tours

Newport Beach is the place to be this summer

The gorgeous Newport Beach

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