Why a Road Trip From San Diego to Newport Beach Is One of the Best

California is full of incredible destinations up and down the coast, with each one offering a unique experience. Sometimes, a road trip is just what you need to escape from the ordinary (even if that ordinary is along the Golden State coast). The drive from San Diego to Newport Beach makes this a fantastic place to escape for a long weekend!

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Driving From San Diego to Newport Beach

The trek from San Diego to Newport Beach is only about an hour and twenty minutes (from downtown San Diego), but that doesn’t mean it won’t still take you another 30 to 40 minutes if you leave during rush hour. While most residents know this, visitors flying into San Diego International Airport and driving to Newport Beach can expect a heavy dose of traffic throughout the day, especially on major highways. 

I-5 is the primary highway that you will drive on from San Diego to Newport Beach. If you want to make the most of your drive, take a detour on the Pacific Coast Highway from Dana Point up through Laguna Beach. The views are fantastic, and it only adds about 20 to 30 minutes to your journey.

Distance (in Miles) to Newport Beach

San Diego – 91 miles

San Diego International Airport – 92 miles

La Mesa – 93 miles

El Cajon – 97 miles

La Jolla – 83 miles

Newport Beach Weekend Getaway/Staycation Ideas 

You can make the most of your trip from San Diego to Newport Beach by celebrating a special occasion or reveling in a fun weekend getaway up the coast of California. Here are some of our favorite ideas below!

Family Beach Weekend

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

Foodie Excursion

Our Orange County paradise is full of culinary treasures ranging anywhere 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 eclectic eateries, taco stands, and waterfront restaurants.

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!

Plan Your Orange County Retreat


Burr White Realty has your dream beach vacation property! Our extensive collection of homes and cottages provide guests with unbeatable locations and amenities and a variety of price points. Take a peek at our Things to Do page and discover the Newport Beach getaway you deserve!

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