This one-of-a-kind, man-made treasure is home to an array of chic coastal shops with beautifully unique nautical designs, stylish beach fashions, art and jewelry. Balboa Island is packed with a range of things to do from luxury shopping and pampering spa treatments to championship golf, sailing and kayaking. Other outdoor sports include hiking and cycling trails, whale-watching and sunset cruises, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding, while cultural activities include art walks, wine tastings, tours, and live entertainment. The neighboring Balboa Village, which can be reached by a short ferry ride across the harbor from Balboa Pier is home to the Balboa Fun Zone, the Balboa Pavilion and the ExplorOcean nautical Museum.
Founded in 2000, the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society (BIMHS) is a charming vintage cottage set on the Main Street of the island and showcases a variety of artifacts and objects pertaining to the history of the island and the surrounding area.
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Balboa Island, a Day Trip from Newport Beach - Photo: Byron Moore /Fotolia
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