Balboa Island, California

Morning walk on Balboa Island
Morning walk on Balboa Island

During a business trip last week I was able to rediscover a beautiful island located off Newport Beach in southern California.  I was actually following a sign to Fashion Island, which is a pretty amazing shopping mall.  Listed on that same sign was “Balboa Island” and I thought “what the heck, I’ll take a look.”  I headed up over a small bridge and into another world.

View from the walkway. There was a sailboat race the afternoon I was there
View from the walkway. There was a sailboat race the afternoon I was there

A charming village, Balboa Island if full of local shops, restaurants, world famous chocolate covered bananas and a whole lot more. There is one main street where you’ll find everything you need to eat, drink, shop and be merry. There is also a path that runs along the water’s edge that runs around the island.  As you leave the main street and walk around the island, you’ll find more shops and restaurants on the other side.  A great break if you’re attempting a “pub crawl”.  You can drive over the bridge or take the Island Ferry.  Below you’ll find a few maps showing you where the island is located and a close up showing you the bridge, where to shop/eat and the path around the island. If you’re in the SoCal area and near Newport Beach it’s worth the visit.  You won’t be disappointed!

Here's where Balboa Island is located
Here’s where Balboa Island is located
Here's a close up showing you around the island
Here’s a close up showing you around the island

Here are some photos from my visit!

Here's the walkway around the Balboa Island with some fabulous homes
Here’s the walkway around the Balboa Island with some fabulous homes
Tons of docks stretch out over the water
Tons of docks stretch out over the water
View from the walkway. There was a sailboat race the afternoon I was there
View from the walkway. There was a sailboat race the afternoon I was there
Love this sign on the dock
Love this sign on the dock
Great way to chill is to put your feet in the sand!
Great way to chill is to put your feet in the sand!

Shelley D Spray

Dinner at Amelia's
Dinner at Amelia’s
Amelia's salad - it was REALLY good!
Amelia’s dinner, sea bass, pasta and steamed veggies – it was REALLY good!

Here’s a helpful website with more information: http://www.balboaisland.com/

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