Spring Vacations for Every Type of Traveler
There are many ways to vacation, and no particular one is right. Some travelers seek sandy beaches and relaxation, while others love an action-packed itinerary. But no matter which kind of vacationer you are, you’ll be happy to know that our city by the sea has a little something for everyone. In Newport Beach, you can relax by the pool or hop on a Jet Ski, cruise the harbor by boat or head to the Fun Zone, and head to the spa or enjoy an evening of live music—the choice is yours! Not sure where to start? Don’t fret! We’ve rounded up our favorite hotels, restaurants and spring activities for every type of traveler.
For the Families Looking for Some Fun
Stay: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
This family-friendly waterfront resort sits on 100 lush acres of Newport’s Back Bay and is home to over 382 RV sites and 24 cabins/cottages. Families will love the casual feel and assortment of activities this coastal retreat offers, including kayaking, paddleboarding, boating and more.
Dine: Lighthouse Bayview Café
For a hearty brunch or dinner and a side of harbor views, head to Lighthouse Bayview Café on the Balboa Peninsula! Here, you and your kiddos can enjoy favorites like Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benny and Lobster Rolls!
Do: The Balboa Fun Zone
For a fun-filled day by the bay, head to the Balboa Fun Zone, where your little ones can ride the Ferris wheel, play in the old-school arcade and snag a scoop of ice cream.
For the Spring Breakers Who Want to Be Social
Stay: Lido House
Unpack your bags in your very own Lido House cottage! These coastal-chic retreats offer a unique “beach house” staycation experience with all the amenities you’ll need for a week of fun in the sun.
Dine: Billy’s at the Beach
Snag a table at this tropical hotspot on the harbor and enjoy Hawaiian-inspired cuisine and round of Billy’s famous mai tais! You’ll love the upbeat atmosphere of this local haunt.
Explore this charming seaside center’s medley of stylish boutiques, specialty shops, cozy cafes and hip restaurants. And if you’re looking for a bit of adventure, hop on an electric boat and cruise the harbor!
For the Workaholics Who Want to Unwind
Stay: Balboa Bay Resort
With its bayfront location and slew of sumptuous amenities, Balboa Bay Resort is the perfect place for a worry-free escape. Spend an afternoon at the resort’s full-service spa, or stay shady in a private poolside cabana.
Dine: A+O Restaurant | Bar
Take in views of the glistening bay and feast on a selection of fresh seafood at this newly redesigned restaurant! Order one of their signature smoked cocktails, kick back and watch as the boats cruise by.
Do: The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort
No vacation is complete without a bit of pampering. Spend some time in the eucalyptus steam room before treating yourself to massage, facial or body scrub at The Spa.
For the Couples in Search of Romance
Stay: The Resort at Pelican Hill
For a dream (vacation) come true, check in to The Resort at Pelican Hill. With its Roman aqueduct-style architecture, lavish Tuscan vibe and beautiful villas and bungalows with marble soaking tubs, you and your significant other are sure to feel the love.
Dine: Louie’s by the Bay
For a romantic sunset dinner, head to Louie’s by the Bay, a sleek Italian-style steakhouse that sits along the picturesque Mariner’s Mile. The restaurant’s elegant vibe and exceptional service will surely set the scene as you indulge in fine wine, fresh pasta and prime steaks.
Continue the romance with a private gondola cruise around the harbor. Gondola Adventures, Inc. will take your date night to the next level with customizable rides, including dinner cruises, pizza cruises, dessert cruises and more.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger