10 Things We’re Thankful for in Newport Beach
There’s no place like home, especially when home is Newport Beach! There are so many things to love about our coastal city—from its soft sandy beaches to its laid-back charm and surf culture. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ve rounded up 10 aspects of Newport Beach we’re grateful for—sensational sunsets included!
Beautiful Year-Round Weather
While other parts of the country experience extremes, Newport Beach is known for its consistently warm temps and sunshine. The spring and summer months are perfect for beach days and al fresco dining, with temperatures hovering in the 70s. And where rain and snow in the winter are common elsewhere, Newport Beach only experiences some drizzle here and there. Our climate simply can’t be beaten!
An Abundance of Fresh Seafood
With proximity to the coast, it’s no wonder Newport Beach is known for its wide selection of wild-caught seafood. The city is home to several restaurants that serve up everything from fresh sushi and oysters to fileted fish and clam chowder. Stop by The Cannery, Bluewater Grill or Bear Flag for offerings like ahi poke, crab cakes, steamed clams and more. You’ll be hooked on the wide variety of local, line-caught seafood.
Stellar Surf Spots
Newport Beach’s 10 miles of pristine coastline make it a popular destination for surfers looking to catch some waves. Soft sand, blue waters and barrelling waves only begin to depict the beauty of our beaches. For beginners, the area north of the Newport Beach Pier typically features gentle waves. If you’re a seasoned pro, be sure to check out 15th Street, 54th/56th Street and The Wedge (a notoriously daring spot located at the end of the Balboa Peninsula).
Best Shopping in SoCal
While Los Angeles, our neighbor to the north, is no doubt a fashion epicenter, Newport Beach is also home to a variety of places to shop ‘til you drop. Fashion Island, the city’s sprawling outdoor lifestyle center, features an abundance of name-brand stores like Bloomingdale’s, Lucky Brand, LuluLemon, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. If you’re in search of a more local experience, Lido Marina Village is a charming seaside center with a slew of swoon-worthy boutiques and specialty shops.
Scenic Places to Explore
Aside from gorgeous beaches, our city is also home to a variety of hiking trails and scenic spaces. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, or as locals call it, “The Back Bay,” is home to an array of endangered species and features a 3.5-mile walking trail. Lace up your hiking shoes and explore the 1,000 acres of preserved wetlands while taking in stunning views of the sparkling bay.
Culture, Art and History
Newport Beach’s establishment dates back to the 1800s, giving the city a rich cultural and historical background. To experience and explore some of its history, you can visit the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society—a landmark that houses several of the island’s historic photographs and artifacts. Sherman Library & Gardens also offers a taste of history with its collections that document the region’s development through books, archival collections, photos, maps and newspapers.
There’s no bad view when it comes to watching a sunset in Newport Beach. And if you’re looking for something to truly be thankful for, we suggest you head to Inspiration Point in Corona del Mar, Pelican Point in Crystal Cove or the Newport Beach Pier to watch the sun dip behind the horizon.
Newport Beach’s collection of beachfront and bayside restaurants take “dining with a view” to a whole new level. Snag a seat at Skål Pizza, The Cannery, Newport Landing or Zinqué to watch the boats cruise by with a cocktail in hand. Or, grab a sandwich from Dory Deli or enjoy brunch at The Beachcomber Café for an on-the-sand experience.
Proximity to SoCal Attractions
There’s plenty to do in Newport Beach, but one of the best things about visiting and living here is its proximity to local SoCal attractions. Disneyland Park is just over a 20-minute drive away, while cities like LA and San Diego are just over an hour drive north or south. Catalina Island is also a popular destination during the summer months and is only about an hour-long boat ride away.
One of the things that makes Newport Beach such a desirable place to live is its small-town charm. No two houses look alike no matter where you go—whether it’s the Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island or Corona del Mar. Each neighborhood has its own character and feel, and visitors can even book a vacation rental for a true taste of the Newport lifestyle!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger