For Your Convenience
The small beaches on Balboa Island are public, but parking is so tough that your best bet is to bike or skate in. The Fun Zone and Balboa Island are a classic OC beach experience (if you don't mind the heavy summer tourist traffic). The arcades, shops and dining make for great fun for families and others of all ages. Bike and skate rentals are widely available, but neither are permitted on the Island's boardwalk or the Fun Zone.
Food/Dining: Concession stands, restaurants, cafes, etc. are plentiful.
Surrrounding area facilities: Lifeguards, marina, fishing, bike paths, bus stop, food stands, playground, rentals.
Restrooms: Clean and neat public restrooms are found near the ferry landing on each side of the harbor. On the Island, there are public restrooms at the firestation on Marine Ave. On the peninsula., some are located in the Fun Zone, near the merry-go-round, and at Palm Street and Bay Avenue.
Dogs: Allowed in parking lots and on pavement only; not allowed on the sand. A walk around the waterside sidewalk on Balboa Island with your dog is a recommended and fun experience.
Balboa Island Beach Tour
Begin your tour of Balboa 's beach on the Balboa Island Ferry, at the western tip of Balboa Island. This beautiful beach is a stones throw accross the penninsula, Balboa Island Ferry is a perfect way to access its pacific waters and feeds directly to beach parking.