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6 Newport Beach Destinations That Give LA a Run for Its Money

August 16, 2022

There’s no denying the City of Angels has it all. Between its celebrity-endorsed restaurants, world-class shopping districts and snazzy hotels, LA truly is an icon. But when it comes to some friendly competition, the sunny city of Newport Beach is no slouch. We boast our own assortment of upscale hotels, shopping destinations and award-winning restaurants (including a Nobu location)! So if you love Los Angeles, you’re sure to fall head over heels for Newport Beach. With that said, we’ve rounded up six different places—from spas to staycation spots—that compare to your LA favorites.

If you love Santa Monica, you’ll also love the Balboa Peninsula.

Santa Monica is known for its breezy boardwalk, abundance of coastal activities and Pacific Park amusement area on the pier. Similarly, Newport Beach’s Balboa Peninsula offers many of the same features, including two piers, a boardwalk that runs parallel to the sand and the historic Balboa Fun Zone. Hop on an electric bike and explore all this seaside neighborhood has to offer!

If you love Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu, you’ll also love The Cannery.

Seafood isn’t hard to come by in LA, but locals know Broad Street Oyster Co. is one of the best places to chow down on lobster rolls, fried clam strips and jumbo shrimp. But if you find yourself in our neck of the woods, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific is easily comparable. Dock and dine at this bayside restaurant where you can enjoy an assortment of wild, line-caught fish!

If you love shopping on Melrose Avenue, you’ll also love Lido Marina Village.

With a myriad of trendy shops and artsy murals, Melrose Avenue is one of LA’s most iconic spots to shop. And like Melrose, Lido Marina Village is also a popular place for some retail therapy. This little village by the sea may be smaller, but it’s home to a collection of stylish boutiques like Jenni Kayne, Marrow Fine, LoveShackFancy and more! Take a stroll through and admire the quaint pathways, hand-painted murals and charming white brick storefronts.

If you love vacationing at Terranea Resort, you’ll also love The Resort at Pelican Hill.

Perched on an oceanside bluff in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort is a 102-acre luxury relaxation destination. The property received a prestigious five-star rating—just like Newport Beach’s The Resort at Pelican Hill. Both hotels sit steps away from the ocean and offer sweeping views, unparalleled service and spacious bungalows and villas. At The Resort at Pelican Hill, you can take a dip in the stunning Coliseum Pool, tee off at the Pelican Hill Golf Club and indulge in coastal cuisine at Pelican Grill.

If you love The Peninsula Spa in Beverly Hills, you’ll also love The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort.

With its seven treatment rooms, nail suite and serenity lounge, it’s no wonder The Peninsula Spa is a favorite for some pampering. And if you relish a relaxing day here, you’re sure to love The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort. This full-service spa features nine waterfront treatment rooms along with an extensive menu of sea-inspired treatments. Watch your worries melt away with a CBD Remedy Massage, then treat your skin to a 50-minute Organic Bliss Facial, which includes exfoliation, extraction (as needed) and masking.

If you love pilates classes at Studio Elevate, you’ll also love BE Fit Modern Pilates.

LA is known for its trendy fitness studios, and Studio Elevate is no exception. The space features crisp white walls, neon signs and plants suspended from the ceiling. If this is your vibe, you’ll want to sign up for a class at BE Fit Modern Pilates. You’ll learn to “embrace the shake” as your instructor takes you through a high-intensity yet low-impact workout. The best part? You can take your first class for just $17!

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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