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Balboa Island - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA, USA

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About Balboa Island

Balboa Island was originally a sandbar that developer William S. Collins turned into an island between 1905 and 1913. It is accessible to the public via bridge, ferry and several public docks. It is home to local small businesses including restaurants, bakeries, fishing & tackle, and local crafts. The island also has a fire station and a post office. The community is surrounded by a paved concrete boardwalk open to pedestrian traffic, designated as a public walking trail by the city.


Attractions Near Balboa Island

Balboa Pier
Balboa Pier1.05km from Balboa Island

A popular fishing spot. The pilings are home to a large population of starfish that feed on the large colonies of mussels growing there, and are easily spotted at low tide.

Fashion Island
Fashion Island2.21km from Balboa Island

Fashion Island is a regional shopping mall, features world-class shopping and restaurants. in Newport Beach, California. Its stores include prestigious department stores and specialty boutiques, more than 30 dining options and restaurants, including Fig & Olive, CUCINA enoteca, True Food Kitchen, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park9.04km from Balboa Island

Crystal Cove State Park is a state park of California, United States, encompassing 3.2 miles of Pacific coastline, inland chaparral canyons, and the Crystal Cove Historic District of beach houses. Crystal Cove is one of Orange County's largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It has 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, which is popular for outdoor enthusiasts and an offshore underwater area.

South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza9.34km from Balboa Island

South Coast Plaza is a global shopping destination with more than 250 extraordinary boutiques, critically acclaimed restaurants a nd so more. Its 275 retailers represent the highest concentration of design fashion retail in the U.S., with the second highest sales-volume in California. The South Coast Plaza is the largest shopping mall in California and the 4th largest in the United States.

Orange County Museum of Art
Orange County Museum of Art9.79km from Balboa Island

This is a modern and contemporary art museum presently operating in a temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana, California. The museum's collection comprises more than 4,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California and the Pacific Rim from the early 20th century to present. Exhibits include traditional paintings, sculptures, and photography, as well as new media in the form of video, digital, and installation art.

Tanaka Farms
Tanaka Farms10.47km from Balboa Island

Tanaka Farms is a living reminder of Irvine's agricultural past. An organic, family-run operation that, offers year-round, hands-on tours of its gardens and U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in the fall. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also offers visitors a beautiful experience.

Where is Balboa Island

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Orange County
Orange County
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Third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the U.S. Although mostly suburban, it is the second-most densely populated county in the state, behind San Francisco County.

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