Welcome to Newport Beach
There are really three Newport Beaches: paradise for wealthy Bentley- and Porsche-driving yachtsmen and their trophy wives; 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... Read More
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Bear Flag Fish Company in Newport BeachSeafood
Eat Chow in Newport BeachCalifornian
Dory Deli in Newport BeachDeli
Beachcomber Café in Crystal Cove State ParkAmerican
Buddha’s Favorite in Newport BeachJapanese
Bluewater Grill in Newport BeachSeafood
Sabatino’s in Newport BeachItalian
Crab Cooker in Newport BeachSeafood
Ruby’s Crystal Cove Shake Shack in Crystal Cove State ParkAmerican
Cappy’s Café in Newport BeachDiner
Newport Beach activities
Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport Beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, you’ll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world’s smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they ‘fluke’ (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as ’friendlies’ by sailors because they love to come up to ships. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.
Los Angeles Dinner Cruise
When the sun goes down, the simple scenery of the harbors illuminate setting the backdrop for your Los Angeles dinner cruise. Board your ship at your choice of port - Marina Del Rey or Newport Beach - and cast off with a glass of champagne in hand. Take to your private table and indulge in four courses of delicious food freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. After dinner, dance to live or DJ musical entertainment or simply take in the breathtaking views from the outdoor decks.Window Seating and Champagne Upgrade: Elevate your experience with guaranteed window seating and a bottle of champagne for two to enjoy with your dinner. Admire the charming views of the harbor while you dine in luxury. It's a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.Please note: The distance between the Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach locations is 50 miles (80 kilometers). Please choose carefully, as the option you select when booking is where you MUST board the cruise. See sample menu in Itinerary below
Half-Day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise from Newport Beach
Great for both novice and experienced fishermen (and women!), this five-hour deep-sea fishing cruise is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Pacific waters near Newport Beach. Hop aboard and set out on a deep-sea adventure off the California coast. The boat's knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you set up your rods and hooks and show you the best fishing techniques for catching trophy fish. Fish commonly caught include bass, sheepshead, sculpin, bonito, barracuda, white sea bass and mackerel. From Newport Beach, cruise along Orange County's coastline past Long Beach, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and Dana Point. While you’re waiting for the fish to bite, sit back and enjoy the gorgeous coastal scenery. Your state-of-the-art deep-sea fishing boat is fully equipped with spacious indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms and a full-service snack bar (snacks and drinks available for purchase). Don't want to fish but want to come along for the sail? Boarding passes are also available for purchase. If you have a love of the ocean and want to experience deep-sea fishing, make sure to book this tour for an unforgettable adventure!
Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Whale watching & dolphin cruises depart from the famous Balboa Boardwalk on Newport Harbor in Newport Beach. Check in about 40 minutes before your departure time and receive your boarding passes. Once on-board it is only a quick 15 minute cruise through Newport Bay before exiting and immediately entering the marine sanctuary where whale and dolphin sightings begin. Whales and/or dolphin maybe encountered immediately or make take longer to locate depending on the mammals. During your whale watching cruise the whale watching captain & on-board naturalist will provide neat details about the mammals being encountered as well as the marine habitat and lots of other neat details. The giant marine park just outside Newport Bay also happens to have some of the most scenic coastline in California traveling along the Newport Beach and Laguna Beach coastlines. While on your whale watching cruise refreshments of all types are available in the larger indoor salon for purchase at any point of your cruise. Photos and drone video of your trip/mammals sighted are also available for purchase as you return to Newport Bay from your whale watching cruise.
Isolation Tank Flotation Session
Soak your cares away with a 90-minute session in one of two isolation flotation chambers.These are the cleanest chambers made, costing more than $40,000 each to ensure pristine water filled with Epsom salt. During the first 14 months of operation, more than 4,000 people came in to 'get away from it all,' and the popularity continues to grow.The benefits of floating in an isolation tank are both mental and physical. The mental comes from the 'theta' waves your brain produces while floating, which is similar to meditation. The physical is from the magnesium your body soaks up through the skin to enter the bloodstream. Studies have shown most Americans are deficient in this essential mineral. Epsom salt also pulls toxins out of your skin while you float.
Gondola Ride in Newport Harbor
With more than 1000 years of practice and tradition, the Venetians have all but perfected the art of making gondolas. Utilizing the simple oar and oarlock mechanism (known as the "Remo e' Forcola" in Italian), these boats glide across placid canals to safely transport goods and people through the water. With these traditions in mind, you romantic gondola ride seeks to recreate the magic of a trip to Venice along the quieter parts of Newport Harbor. Although the area might not have ten centuries of custom and tradition behind the boat rides, it more than makes up for it with beautiful, sunny California weather or scenic, mountainous backdrops. You private gondola ride can be booked on request with a specific date and time of your choosing in mind. Once your voucher and date is confirmed, simply tell the operator what time you would like to go for your ride and they will do their best to accommodate your schedule. Although most boats are designed for two passengers and a professional Gondolier, you can upgrade your ride to include additional passengers.It is Italian tradition for couples to kiss when passing under bridges, and this either 1 or 1 1/2 hour ride will pass under at least two as you circle the quieter residential canal areas near the water. Each ride includes gourmet chocolates and a non-alcoholic beverage (wine or champagne are available for purchase).