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July 10, 2015

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

There’s no better time than summer to try one of the area’s numerous outdoor activities. Don’t have your own gear … or not privy to a boat? No problem! There are plenty of places throughout Newport Beach that will be more than happy to hook you up. From cycling to paddle boarding and more, here are just some of the businesses that can help meet your needs.

Wheels
If you want to roll your way through Newport Beach, you have plenty of options from which to choose. One of the most enjoyable is Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car, offering the chance to hop in a luxury vehicle and cruise up and down the Coast in style.

Prefer to do your sightseeing via a cycle? Visit Seaside Bike Rentals for one of the largest varieties of rental bikes in the Balboa Pier area. Here you’ll find surreys from Italy, tandems, beach cruisers, mountain bikes and even Pedego electric bikes. Just hop aboard the vehicle of your choice and explore the beach, ride along the strand, and visit the pier and famous Balboa Fun Zone. Free helmets and bike locks are included. A variety of Pedego bikes also can be rented (complete with a map with directions) from the Pedego Electric Bikes store in Corona del Mar, including comfort cruisers, trail trackers and tandems. Guided tours also are available.

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Pedego Electric Bikes

Boats
Anyone from active to recreational boaters can enjoy a voyage while in Newport Beach on everything from pontoon boats and sailboats to kayaks and pedal boats. Head to the Fun Zone waterfront to Newport Beach Boat Rentals to behold one of Newport Harbor’s largest and most diversified rental fleets. Then enjoy a relaxing self-guided tour of gorgeous homes and yachts in your choice of electric boats or powerboats, single and double kayaks, and sailboats. Ocean rentals for fishing and whale watching also are available for more experienced skippers, and be sure to ask about the tailor-made Scavenger Hunts to help you uncover the hidden treasures in Newport Harbor.

Perhaps one of the best ways to explore Newport Harbor — known as the US’s largest small-yacht harbor — is on an easy-to-operate Duffy electric boat. Grab some friends, pack some food and drinks (or dock and dine at one of about a dozen waterfront restaurants), and head out for an afternoon or evening cruise as captain of one of these pleasurable canopied boats. Each electric boat seats up to 10 passengers and are available at several spots in the area, including Duffy Electric Boat Company, California Recreation Company, Newport Fun Tours and Balboa Boat Rentals.

Duffy Electric Boat Company

In the mood for some romance? You can even board a gondola imported from Italy with your sweetie and enjoy a private serenade delivered by your very own crooning gondolier. Gondola companies in the area include Gondola Romance, Gondola Adventures, Gondola Company of Newport Beach and Gondola Cruises of Newport Beach.

Photo Credit: Gondola Adventures, Inc.

While in town, you’ll also want to be sure and visit Newport Dunes, a 110-acre waterfront resort offering sailboat, pedal boat, electric boat and kayak rentals.

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And Much More …
Feel like piloting yourself through the waters of Newport on a stand-up paddleboard? There’s a SUP rental spot just for you. Among them: Pirate Coast Paddle Company, Balboa Surf & Style, Balboa Water Sports and Newport Aquatic Center.

Balboa Water Sports at the Balboa Fun Zone also is the ideal place to rent jet skis, while a totally different experience can be had altogether at Jetpack America, offering the world’s first water-powered jetpack that enables users to fly up to 30 feet in the air.

Feel like hitting the links? The Resort at Pelican Hill  offers the “Fazio Unlimited Package,” with bungalow or villa accommodations (a minimum two-night stay), and unlimited rounds of golf for one guest on one of three Tom Fazio courses along with complimentary forecaddie, golf cart and golf club rentals.

Written by Wendy Bowman

Wendy Bowman is a San Clemente, Calif.-based freelance journalist. She spent 15-plus years as a writer and editor for Atlanta Business Chronicle, covering nonprofit business, homes and lifestyle, the Atlanta visitors market and more. She currently writes for Modern Luxury magazines including The Atlantan, Men's Book Atlanta, Interiors California, Interiors Atlanta and Brides California, as well as websites such as DIGS.net.

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