How to Make the Most of a Trip From Los Angeles to Newport Beach

Everyone needs to escape from the hustle and bustle of city living every once in a while. That’s why a road trip from Los Angeles to Newport Beach is one of the best staycations in Southern California. Keep reading to discover more ways to make the most of your weekend retreat to the beach!

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Driving From Los Angeles to Newport Beach

The trek from Los Angeles to Newport Beach is only 44 miles (from downtown L.A.), but that doesn’t mean it won’t still take you over an hour to get there. While most residents know this, visitors flying into LAX and driving to Newport Beach can expect a heavy dose of traffic throughout the day, especially on major highways. 

The 405 and 5 are the primary highways that you will drive on from Los Angeles to Newport Beach. All in all, the trip won’t be too bad and shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half unless you stop or there is major standstill traffic. 

Distance (in miles) to Newport Beach

Downtown Los Angeles – 44 miles

Los Angeles Airport – 36 miles

Burbank – 54 miles

Hollywood – 49 miles

Beverley Hills – 54 miles

Newport Beach Weekend Getaway/Staycation Ideas 

You can make the most of your trip from Los Angeles to Newport Beach by celebrating a special occasion or simply reveling in a weekend away. Here are some ideas below!

Family Beach Weekend

You’ll find an array of family-friendly activities that are steps from your Burr White Realty rental. Our beautiful stretches of sand are perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building, volleyball, surfing, and playing in the ocean! There is also plenty of great entertainment for families in Newport Beach, including the Balboa Fun Zone, Fashion Island, and electric Duffy boats.

Romantic Weekend Retreat

Couples will find plenty of things to do in Newport Beach for a romantic getaway. From long walks along the beach during sunset to a night at an upscale restaurant, there’s something here for everyone. Check out our blog on romantic things to do in Newport Beach for more ideas!

Foodie Excursion

Newport Beach is full of culinary treasures ranging from casual lunch and brunch hangouts to upscale dining options. Fresh seafood is central to Newport Beach’s food identity, but you’ll also find a variety of tasty burger spots, taco stands, and waterfront eateries.

Book Your Newport Beach Vacation With Burr White Realty


If you want to book with one of the most trusted leaders in the Newport Beach vacation rental industry for over 50 years, Burr White Realty is the place to go. Our collection of properties features everything from small cottages to large family homes, so you can choose the perfect place for you and your family. Check out our Things to Do page for more trip ideas!

Start planning your vacation today by booking one of our properties! We look forward to welcoming you to the Burr White family.