Newport Beach embodies the true essence of coastal California living - casual but sophisticated, wealthy but affordable, breathtakingly beautiful but delightfully within reach.
Sunsets are often breathtakingly beautiful, with prime viewing from the beach. For your beach barbeque and nighttime campfires, fire rings can be found on the beach in several locations. Beach volleyball courts and free public tennis courts are located just a few yards up the beach.
One of Newport Beach?s best-kept secrets is Little Corona Beach, a secluded rocky cove with some of the area's most outstanding tide pools. It is also a perfect spot for scuba diving. You can view all of the boats going in and out of the harbor from Big Corona Beach, a terrific family picnic beach with volleyball courts, fire rings, picnic tables, snack bar, restrooms and showers. It is also a great snorkeling spot. Check out the famous "Wedge", to watch giant waves that sometimes form over 30 feet tall.
A most pleasant way to spend your day in Newport Beach is to bicycle, rollerblade, or walk along the oceanfront boardwalk, which runs most of the length of Balboa Peninsula and connects the two piers. Bicycles and rollerblades can be rented at a number of shops. Another great place to bicycle or walk is around the Back Bay Ecological Reserve, where you can observe up close a wide assortment of wildlife and migrating birds. The Back Bay is also reachable by kayak, canoe or car.