Frequently Asked Questions
Q - Where is Visit Newport Beach Inc. located?
A - Visit Newport Beach Inc. is located at 1600 Newport Center Drive, Suite 120 Newport Beach, CA 92660. For directions, call 1-800-94-COAST or 949-719-6100.
Q - What are your business hours?
A - Visit Newport Beach Inc. is open Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Major Holidays. All times shown are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Q - Where is the nearest airport?
A - Newport Beach is easily accessible via Orange County's John Wayne Airport. Most locations in Newport Beach are no more than 15 minutes away. The airport's terminal is served by 10 commercial airlines, more than 280 daily flights and 21 direct non-stop destinations. It is also home to numerous commuter and general aviation operations and flight schools. Complete services are available for the business traveler.
Q - How many hotels and resorts are there in Newport Beach?
A - There are 8 major hotel and resort properties in the Newport Beach market area as well as 9 small inns/boutique hotel properties. Properties range from modest lodgings to five-star/five-diamond luxury hotels. For more information on Newport Beach's accommodations, visit the Accommodations section of this site.
Q - Where is the Balboa Pavilion located?
A - The Balboa Pavilion is located on the Balboa Peninsula. Take the 55-freeway south, which turns into Newport Boulevard. Continue on Newport Boulevard and you will be on the Balboa Peninsula. The Pavilion is in the heart of the Balboa Peninsula, tucked away in a waterfront corner of Newport Beach - 400 Main Street. The Balboa Peninsula offers more recreational activities per square inch than any other area of Orange County.
Q - How far is Newport Beach from San Diego?
A - San Diego is an easy 85 miles (136 km) south of Newport Beach. Only 1 1/2 hour drive from Newport Beach to San Diego taking the 55-freeway north to the 405-freeway south to the 5-freeway south. Travel on a multi-lane freeway with rest areas, restaurants, gas stations, and other amenities that are readily available along the route.
Q - How far is Newport Beach from Los Angeles?
A - Newport Beach is 50 miles (80 km) south of Los Angeles. Take the 55-freeway north to the 405-freeway north to West Los Angeles. Exit at Wilshire Boulevard and you will find yourself in the heart of Westwood, home of the UCLA Bruins and Westwood Village. To get to downtown LA from Newport Beach, travel the 55-freeway north to the 5-freeway north and you will end up in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Q - How far away is Catalina Island?
A - Catalina Island is 26 miles across the sea from Newport Beach. Catalina Passenger Service is luxury catamaran, making one roundtrip to Catalina daily, departing Newport Beach at 9:00am and departing Catalina at 4:30pm. Catalina Passenger Service has a new ride-control system for the smoothest trip. Crossing time is only 75 minutes. Reservations required.
Q - How far away is the Disneyland® Resort from Newport Beach?
A - The Disneyland® Resort is a short 14 miles northeast of Newport Beach. Take the 55-freeway north to the 5-freeway north and exit at Disney Way or Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim.
Q - What is the weather like in Newport Beach?
A - Year-round Mediterranean climate with sunny days and cool evenings. Average summer temperature (April-September) is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C). Average winter temperature 65 degrees F (18 degrees C). Average annual rainfall is 12 inches. Casual sports clothing year-around during the day is suitable and dressier apparel is appropriate at some nightspots and restaurants. A sweater or jacket is recommended for cool mornings and evenings and for harbor cruises and trips to Catalina Island.
Q - How is Visit Newport Beach Inc. funded?
A - Visit Newport Beach Inc. is funded primarily by the city through Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), as well as through a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) and private-sector membership dues from the hospitality industry or other related businesses.
Q - What is TOT?
A - TOT stands for transient occupancy tax and is the tax paid by hotel guests.
Q - Besides the TOT, what other financial benefit does tourism bring to the city?
A - Hotel guests also generate sales tax revenue through retail purchases and restaurant tax also contributes to the general fund.
Q - How does Visit Newport Beach Inc. sell the city of Newport Beach?
A - We sell our destination through direct sales efforts such as database marketing, direct sales and trade show participation. We also host familiarization tours for potential clients. In addition to these direct sales efforts, VNB promotes the destination through advertising/media campaigns and public relations.VISIT NEWPORT