Fan of the classic US television series, the OC? Or perhaps you simply want to see California life as it has always been advertised? Newport Beach isn’t exactly unpopular, but it is surprisingly underrated, making it one of the hidden gems of the county. Here, we’re going to look at why you might want to make it your next vacation destination.
Miles of gorgeous beach
Of course, you can’t visit any of the beach areas of California without actually checking out the sands. At Newport Beach, there’s plenty of reason to find yourself lounging on the coast. There’s a growing surf culture and plenty of water sporting activities to try out. The Crystal Cove State Beach offers something a little deeper than most bays, too, with stunning rock formations and walking trails that offer a view of the sunset you simply will not find anywhere else in the world.
All the luxuries you expect of the coast
Newport Beach is also known as one of the slightly more affluent areas of California and nowhere is this clearer than Newport Coast. A quiet community of luxury homes overlooking the beach, it’s the kind of place you might dream of living, but you don’t necessarily have to keep dreaming about it. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas give you a taste of the finer life. They’re perfectly situated for exploring the city centre and beaches, too.
Live the chic life
California is known for its beautiful people, too, of course. If you want to fit in, you need to go where said beautiful people make all their fashion finds. Chic shopping is very much an attraction all its own in the area, with the Corona del Mar Plaza offering one of the most complete mall experiences in the whole US. Stop for a bite to eat, try on some new clothes, and just make sure that you’re not too tempted to blow out your whole budget.
A romantic walk down the boards
If you want to check out one of the main social hubs of the whole area, then it might be worth a walk down Newport Pier on the Balboa Peninsula. It is a traditionally romantic spot of the town, perfect if you’re visiting with a beau. If not, it’s also a pretty common dating spot with lots of lovely looking people looking for new connections. Time for a little holiday romance, maybe?
Where manmade meets natural beauty
The parks and local natural beauty landmarks of the US are always some of the most impressive parts of a visit to any part of the country. Newport Beach is no different, except for the fact that their local beauty, the Environmental Nature Center, is entirely manmade. Created from a simple patch of dirt, it now offers a whole host of different environments and museums both showcasing local nature and educating visitors.
Gorgeous beaches, gorgeous piers, gorgeous shopping malls, and gorgeous accommodation. Newport Beach offers it all. It’s a mix of classic California chill with the high-life you’ve always wanted a taste of, all in one place.