Just over an hour’s drive from LA, Newport Beach is a coastal city, widely known for the large, boat-filled harbor that sits at the center. Within the city, Balboa Peninsula is home to two beautiful piers, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier. Families love the Balboa Fun Zone, a vintage amusement park with a Ferris wheel and picturesque ocean views. One of the most popular local beach is called the Wedge and is known for its mega-waves. Those looking to spend a weekend taking in the arts scene can visit the many local art venues, as well as the Orange County Museum of Art.

Newport Beach is known to have a mid-latitude, arid climate with many cool Mediterranean characteristics. Like Los Angeles, Newport’s temperatures are steady throughout the year. The Pacific Ocean location keeps the climate warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Where to Stay in Newport Beach

The Pelican Hill Resort sits above the coastline between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. The panoramic views from 204 bungalow guest rooms and 128 villas make this resort a true charmer. The grounds of the resort are carefully tucked into a terraced hillside. They were recently given the honor of being awarded a Forbes five-star rating, as well as being voted the “Third-Best Resort in the United States” by the readers of Condè Nast Traveler and the “2012 Grand Resort” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

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The Balboa Bay Resort offers guests the chance to relax in the lap of luxury. It is the only AAA Four-Diamond, waterfront resort located in beautiful Newport Beach. The goal at this resort is to offer the classic Southern California lifestyle experience, complete with a luxurious spa and salon, plush accommodations with balconies in every room, 24-hour fitness studio, and trendy waterfront dining. Those looking for a little more adventure can take advantage of on-site water activities and boat rentals.

Marriot’s Newport Coast Villas sit on the rolling hills of Newport Coast and overlook the ocean. Each villa features two-bedroom, two-bath, Tuscan-inspired, luxury condos. It is a golfer’s paradise, as the resort sits on the Pelican Hill Golf Club.

What to Do in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1998 and sits on the Upper Newport Beach Bay. The vineyard had produced the award-winning Meritage Red Wine. While you are there, make sure to check out the exclusive Underground Wine Cave, tropical and botanical gardens, koi ponds, and a bird aviary.

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Davey’s Locker Sportfishing and Whale Watching provides daily deep-sea sportfishing and whale-watching expeditions. In the summer and fall, you have the unique opportunity to see giant blue whales, and gray whales in the winter and spring. The ships have a 95 percent viewing success rate.

Little Corona del Mar Beach is just a turn off the Pacific Coast Highway. Turn south on Poppy Avenue, then wind down the narrow road to lead you to a breath-taking cliff above the ocean. You can walk down the paved path and be at beautiful Corona del Mar State Beach. It offers some of the most magnificent views in all of Newport.

If you are looking for the perfect weekend getaway from busy Los Angeles, Newport Beach is a nearby, unbeatable option. With plenty to do and some of the most luxurious resorts and villas, why wait? To learn more about Southern California, including real estate opportunities, contact our luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end properties in the most exclusive communities in Southern California.

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