The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is simply known as “The Back Bay” to locals. Boasting 1,000 acres of preserved and pristine wetlands that attract naturalists, scientists and nature lovers, it is home to over 200 endangered species and 35,000 migratory birds.
The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview has unparalleled views of the coastal wetlands of the Back Bay and is a short drive to local shops and dining favorites such as Provenance, BELLO and Back Bay Bistro.
Get in Touch with Your Natural Side
The Back Bay has long been considered one of the most important ecological reserves on the California coast and is a key resource for more than 200 species of migratory birds. Bike or hike along the 10.5-mile Back Bay Loop to visit the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center for exhibits and interactive displays about the unique ecosystem.
Paddle in Paradise
Rent a kayak or standup paddleboard (SUP) at Newport Aquatic Center or Pirate Coast Paddle to get up close to the Back Bay’s aquatic life. SUP yoga, moonlight paddles and glow-in-the-dark paddleboard tours are unique experiences to add to your trip!
Entertaining Family Fun
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina and the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach cater to a plethora of family friendly activities including kayaking, electric boating, biking and standup paddleboarding. During the summer, Newport Dunes Water Park has the largest fleet of inflatables floating on tranquil water for all vacationers, young and old.
Glamping by the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina has six cozy studio cottages equipped with bunk beds, a kitchenette and an outdoor deck for those looking to add some glamour to their overnight camping trip.