A Weekend Guide to Newport Beach

A Weekend Guide to Newport Beach

Surf's up everybody! We're heading to Newport Beach, California for the weekend. This lively SoCal hot spot is a great weekend getaway for people of all ages who are looking to soak in the sun and feel the vibes of the town.

Grab your surfboard and hit the waves (or watch the pros do it at The Wedge) in the morning. Walk the pier or the beach after brunch at a local spot, then head to Balboa or Fashion Island for some afternoon shopping.  Top the night off with dining and drinking at one of Newport's hottest restaurants. This guide is your perfect go-to manual for finding places to eat, sleep, and hang out on any budget in Newport Beach!


  1. Cassidy’s Bar & Grill2603 Newport Blvd
  2. Crocker’s The Well Dressed Frank211 Marine Ave, Ste A
  3. The Trough705 E Balboa Blvd
  4. Lotus Bistro325 Old Newport Blvd, Ste 1
  5. Wild Taco407 31st St

Also try: My Galley, Cafe Zuzu & Coco, Blue Mediterranean Cafe, or Big Belly Deli


  1. The Beachcomber Cafe15 Crystal Cove
  2. The Cannery3010 Lafayette Rd
  3. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen3012 Newport Blvd
  4. True Food Kitchen451 Newport Center Dr
  5. C’est Si Bon149 Riverside Ave

Also try: Bluewater Grill, R+D Kitchen, Juliette Kitchen & Bar, or The Beach Barrel


  1. A Restaurant3334 W Coast Hwy
  2. Kitayama101 Bayview Pl
  3. Javier’s7832 E Pacific Coast Hwy
  4. Mastro’s Ocean Club8112 E Coast Hwy
  5. Andrea at Pelican Hill22701 Pelican Hill Rd S

Also try: 21 Oceanfront, The Winery, or San Shi Go


Located in the gorgeous Balboa Peninsula, this family-owned hotel is a local favorite for people coming to Newport Beach. Walk just 2 blocks to the beach, lounge on the rooftop deck, or take a quick walk to the Newport Beach Pier. It is a wonderful budget option.

Also try: Newport Channel Inn ($)


This charming Bed & Breakfast--established in 1898--is just steps away from the pier on Newport Beach. If you’re into the romantic glamour of a local, boutique B&B, this is the place for you.

Also try: Balboa Bay Resort ($$), Balboa Bay Resort ($$), or Newport Beach Hotel ($$)


It’s luxury all the way when you stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill. This gorgeous resort sits along a golf course on top of the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sit back and relax at this Italian-style escape, or stop in at the spectacular restaurant on site.

Also try: Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas ($$$) or Island Hotel Newport Beach ($$$)



  1. Explore downtown Balboa Village
  2. Shop at Fashion Island
  3. Take in the beach views at Corona Del Mar
  4. Surf The Wedge (Experts Only!)
  5. Golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club
  6. Escape to Crystal Cove State Park
  7. Stroll the Newport Pier
  8. Paddle board, boat, or walk around Balboa Island
  9. People watch at Newport Beach
  10. Relax at the Sherman Library & Garden


Where are your favorite spots to hang around Newport Beach? Comment below with extra recommendations!

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