Located on the Orange County coastline, Newport Beach has 22 square miles of beautiful beaches and bay. Not only does Newport Beach offer beautiful beaches, ocean views and an amazing climate, it also boasts some of the most luxurious real estate in Orange County. Encompassing the world famous Lido and Balboa Islands, and the grandeur of Newport Coast, Newport Beach embodies a relaxing escape for those who need to clear their minds in the ocean air, hit the surf, or shop to their heart's content. Newport Beach is not just a vacation destination, however, as it's home to many people who simply love the beach atmosphere.
The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, now the world's largest, began in 1947 and the Newport Seafest celebrates all forms of water sports. The Aquatic Center trains Olympians and others in rowing and kayaking. Ferries take folks to man-made Balboa Island for a taste of friendly beach life. Surfers meet the challenge of The Wedge, powerful waves formed by a jetty. The annual Christmas Parade matches boats cruising the harbor against waterfront homes for spectacular light displays. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, one of many, is Orange County's oldest private club with a birth date of 1917.