When a sunny, fun, and exciting getaway is just what you need, make sure you and your traveling crew set your sights on scenic Newport Beach, California. If you’re fortunate enough to have a week to spare, this 7-day itinerary is a great place to start for maximizing the fun and adventure at every turn. Read on to see just how much there is to explore and discover when you make your way in this direction.
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Begin the first day of your stay with a relaxing stop at Pirate’s Cove Beach. You’ll want to plan on spending at least an hour or two here after breakfast and be sure to arrive early as this charming stretch of shoreline is particularly popular with guests in the early afternoon. At Pirate’s Cove Beach, you can soak up incredible scenery, make the most of crystal-clear waters, and even spot sea anemones, crabs, and sea urchins from the sand. Take time to explore the surrounding rocks and caves or just stroll along the sand enjoying the fact that you have a week of fun ahead of you! If you happen to be heading this way with a canine companion in tow, Pirate’s Cove Beach is a pet-friendly place to enjoy time with your furry friend on day one.
This afternoon, make it a point to rent a bike and hit the many Newport Beach trails in style alongside family and friends. Newport Beach is packed with bike rental companies to choose from and bike trails running through the city offer up a great way to take in the sights at your own preferred pace.
Next up is a stop at Balboa Island where you can stroll the boardwalk or stop in at one of the many inviting mom-and-pop shops situated along Marine Avenue. Don’t miss out on enjoying time at Sugar ‘N Spice where you can purchase a frozen banana and top off your day in a sweet way.
The second day of your stay begins with a trip to scenic Crystal Cove State Beach. You can easily spend half a day here exploring the 3.2 miles of shoreline or the 2,400 acres of forest land. Make time for soaking up the sun, surfing, or hiking while you’re here, and don’t forget your camera if you happen to be a nature photographer. Afterward, head over to Pelican Hill Golf Club and spend some well-earned time on the greens. Each of the two golf courses here enjoys stunning coastal views and the destination is just right for beginners and experienced golfers alike.
On day three, it’s time to get out on the waves and set your sights on some spectacular marine life. The team at Davey’s Locker Whale Watching & Sportfishing has you covered year-round for guided tours that either focus on nature observation or casting a line depending on the season and guest preference. If you choose the whale-watching options, you’ll also likely see dolphins along the way making it an even more exciting afternoon on the waves! After your on-the-water outing, be sure to head over to the Newport Pier which is the perfect place to enjoy oceanfront views in the evening and spend quality time with friends and family checking out the many nearby attractions and eateries.
The fourth day of your Newport Beach stay is the perfect time to explore Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. If you explore on bike, you can conquer the trails here in about an hour, but the 5.2-mile loop winding through stunning terrain is also accessible on foot. This is a great place to enjoy the fresh air and make the most of wildlife watching and bird spotting as well.
This afternoon, consider how fun it might be to rent a Duffy boat and head out on the water for a midday sail with family and friends. There’s a good chance you might see sea lions sunning themselves along the way. Follow this up with a stop at the Sherman Library and Gardens to wind down and relax. The 2.2-acre garden is brimming over with flowers and succulents and even includes a Zen Japanese garden on-site.
As you begin the second half of your thrilling Newport Beach adventure, the excitement and amazing moments only continue! The last three days of your seven-day getaway are sure to be packed with on-the-water experiences, artistic inspiration, history, and shoreline fun as well!
The fifth day of your stay begins when you team up with the Fun Zone Boat Company in town. Situated on Balboa Island, these tours typically last around 2 hours in total and are designed to pair sailing with sea lion and dolphin spotting, too! A Fun Zone Boat Company tour is a wonderful way to soak up Newport Beach’s spectacular scenery and spend some well-deserved time on the waves with your traveling companions. Once you’re back on land, head over to the Orange County Museum of Art where you’ll enjoy free admission and a chance to browse an incredible collection of art that speaks to an array of social and cultural topics. Permanent and revolving exhibits are hosted here making every stop a new experience.
For the history buffs in your traveling crew, day six of your Newport Beach journey is a chance to bring the past to life with a visit to the Lovell Beach House. Located on West Oceanfront, the Lovell Beach House dates back to 1926 and boasts a striking architectural design with plenty of stories to tell as well! Once you’ve had your fill of perusing the past, make your way to Little Corona Beach where you can spend the bulk of the afternoon savoring coastline views and spending time in the water if you choose to. The scenery here is spectacular and it’s a great place to get your eyes on colorful marine creatures if you happen to have your snorkel gear in hand.
The last day of your stay focuses on the fun to be found at Corona Del Mar State Beach. End your journey in sunny style at this beach park, which is packed with options for sunbathing, swimming, exploring, and ultimately enjoying the Newport Beach views. Afterward, spend some time indulging in some retail therapy at Fashion Island. This Orange County mall is vast and varied and a great place to shop for apparel or find some fun souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. Tonight, book your spot on a sunset cruise to capture the essence of your Newport Beach stay in style. Many sunset cruises through Newport Bay last anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours and can be booked to include dinner and entertainment, too.
Enjoy Your Newport Beach Journey in Style
No matter when you arrive in Newport Beach, California, the team at Burr White Realty is here to make sure you have amazing accommodations to match. Be sure to reach out to our team today to learn more about our many exciting and inviting property options including our rentals in the area that are sure to elevate the fun of your next seven-day adventure this way! We look forward to seeing you in sunny Newport Beach soon.