The Balboa Pier is one of two piers located in Newport Beach. It's a landmark for Balboa Beach, a tourist-friendly destination with a children's playground and public restrooms. The pier features much to see and do. Lunch at Ruby's Diner is a must—the popular 50's style restaurant serves up tasty burgers, fries, salads, sandwiches, and malts.

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Beach Review of Balboa Pier/Balboa Beach

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • You can get to Balboa Pier from the Pacific Coast Highway (there's metered street parking nearby), or cut across Balboa Island and hop on the ferry (60 cents per person one way, $1.50 per car).
  • The main attraction for many, especially families, is the pier with its famous Fun Zone (ferris wheel, cotton candy, etc.). Balboa has lots of stores where you can rent beach cruiser bikes, surfboards, and rollerblades to make exploring more fun. If it's summer and you're planning to swim, go north of the pier to avoid the summer swim classes.
  • The beach has a small surf break that rarely offers real stand-up surfing but it's a great place for kids and novices to try out surfing for the first time. Beach facilities include restrooms, showers, BBQ grills, picnic tables, and there are lifeguards.

Balboa Peninsula
Balboa Blvd. and Main St.
Newport Beach, California
Parking: 5 a.m. to midnight

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-94-COAST
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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