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A top pick for romantic getaways, sunset sailing through Newport Beach’s harbor on a gondola—with gondolas brought from Italy-- is the perfect way to celebrate with that special someone in your life. The gondolier will even serenade you in a moonlit harbor cruise. Newport Beach visitors can also enjoy a water experience of elegance aboard a yacht that specializes in dinner cruises, boat charters, and Newport Beach weddings. People can hit the water to celebrate a special occasion, or just relax aboard a Duffy boat. The electric “golf carts on water” are easy to drive and gently coast in the water and are perfect to appreciate and savor the natural beauty of Newport Beach from the harbor.
Consider an early morning walk on the beach, a picnic lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Inspiration Point, couples’ spa treatments at any one of our top-rated hotel spas, and definitely save room for dinner (and dessert) at our acclaimed restaurants. There are so many options for dinner in Newport Beach; it’s hard just to pick one!
The best Newport Beach attractions are usually found in the water. Surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and body surfing are favorite year-round activities as the California beach destination enjoys gorgeous Mediterranean-like weather. For the active and recreational boaters, there are a variety of long-time local businesses that rent everything from pontoon boats, sailboats, and kayaks to pedal boats and stand-up paddleboards. Newport Beach has the largest recreational harbor on the west coast.
The newest water attraction allows people to fly and hover high in the air with the world’s first water-powered jetpack.
For those that prefer land, Newport Beach is also an active community of walkers, runners, cyclists, and even Segway riders. With long stretches of boardwalks, bike routes, and trails, there are numerous paths for outdoor enthusiasts.
Newport Beach is one of the surfing capitals in the world. The Wedge stands out as one of the most powerful and awesome beaches to surf. Up and down the coast of Newport Beach, surfers hit the waves early in the morning, spending their days studying the swells to find out when the killer sets will be rolling in.
Another local water adventure is sportfishing. Newport Beach is an angler’s paradise from land or sea. Deep-sea fisherman can reel in Yellowtail, Sculpin, Sea Bass, Perch, and Rockfish from boats launching out of the Balboa Fun Zone.
Some people prefer Newport Beach recreation on land. In fact, there are some who purposely avoid the water — on Newport Beach golf courses. Newport Beach is home to: 1) the “No. 1 Golf Resort in the World” (ranked by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine), which features 36 holes of championship golf with stunning ocean front views, 2) a par 3 executive course that was recently named ““Best Pitch and Putt”, and 3) a public 18-hole executive course.