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Introducing Newport Beach

Remember the primetime soap The OC? Well, it wasn't quite accurate and kinda was. There are really three Newport Beaches: a paradise for wealthy Bentley- and Porsche-driving yachtsmen and their trophy wives; the surfers and stoners who populate the beachside dives and live for the perfect wave; and the rest of the folk, trying to live the day-to-day, chow down on seafood and enjoy the glorious sunsets. Somehow, these diverse communities all seem to live – mostly – harmoniously.

For visitors, the pleasures are many: just-off-the-boat seafood, boogie-boarding the human-eating waves at the Wedge, and the ballet of yachts in the harbor. Just inland, more lifestyles of the rich and famous revolve around Fashion Island, a posh outdoor mall and one of the OC’s biggest shopping centers.