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Beach : Newport Municipal
City : Newport Beach
Location / Directions :
Pacific Coast Hwy and Balboa Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662
Take the 55 Freeway all the way into Costa Mesa where it becomes Newport Blvd, continue on across the bridge over Pacific Coast Hwy onto the Balboa Peninsula and then just follow the signs to the pier.
From Newport Pier to Santa Ana River Jetty lies the Newport Beach Municipal Beach with ideal bodysurfing conditions, great surfing and sand volleyball courts. The boardwalk is often busy with roller bladers, runners, skateboarders and bicyclists. Corona del Mar Beach, a popular snorkeling spot, offers fire pits and grills, picnic tables and showers. Big Corona Beach provides the ideal location for a family retreat with fire rings, a snack bar and restrooms. There are also a variety of serene Bay Beaches, perfect for families, in and around Newport Beach. Balboa Island offers beaches at the end of each street and the Balboa Peninsula provides a quiet area sheltered from the wind with a lifeguard tower, restrooms, showers and parking.
This six-mile stretch of beach boasts a bevy of activities. Swimmers and sunbathers swarm in summer and winter, capping off their day in the sun with a night of casual dining on either the Newport or Balboa Piers. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular, and surfing off the jetty is prime. Families and mature singles predominate, but the vibe is still youthful and fun
The Newport Pier still holds the feel of the past, with it's beautiful wood pier. This is one of the great places to take a romantic stroll out over the water and listen to the waves break below you. On a clear day Catalina looks so close you feel like you could swim over, don't forget its well over twenty miles away. If you feel like fish there's a restaurant right at the end of the pier as well as a fishermen's fresh fish market right next to the entrance of the pier. The atmosphere is great here. There are little shops almost right on the beach, with everything from sea shells and surfing goodies to pizza's and cocktails, all with a wonderful view of the water.
Swimming, surfing and diving are all popular at this beach. It's a great place for skating and biking with a long concrete pathway you can walk, bike or skate for hours. Shopping is right next to the beach, so you can come prepared and bring everything you need or just pop down here on the spur of the moment and get whatever you need right here.
Public bathrooms and public showers. The main lifeguard office is right next to the pier and commercial services abound.