balboa island improvement association

improving the island since 1918

about biia - visit and see what we are about and who our leaders are... see the links below...

RENTALS - Whether your renting, buying, or just staying a day or two... see the links below...

Destinations - Here are just some of the greater destinations on the island... see the links below...

Shop & Dine - Activities are in abundance here on the island. Learn more about us by selecting from the links below...


about balboa island - Activities are in abundance here on the island. Learn more about us by selecting from the links below...

Maps and travel - balboa island -whether your flying, driving, or walking, here are the maps that can get you there...

Events - balboa island - Has Several Annual Celebrations - Make sure you catch one of these...

Find out more about the BIIA or read our Bi-Monthly Newsletter to See Whats Happening... See links below...

Welcome to Balboa Island, CA

This is the Balboa Island Improvement Association's guide to Balboa Island. This guide offers listings of accommodations, activities, activities, maps, and travel information. Hopefully, this guide shall assist our visitors in enjoying the best of what Balboa Island has to offer. Stop by and stay a while, and see why many refer to this beautiful island as "The Host of the Coast".

 

Activities On or Near Balboa Island, California

Directory of Schools, Tuition & Equipment Hire

Arts & Entertainment Golf Sea Cruising
Shopping The Great Outdoors Night Life
Wheeling Billiards Tours
Museums Dancing

Welcome to Balboa Island :

History of Balboa Island - Come see what made this historic island great.

About The balboa island improvement association

In 1918 the Balboa Island Improvement Association was started (and is still going strong). The BIIA was a strong motivating force in working with the City on bulkhead repair, ferry service, a sewer system, water, gas, electricity, paved streets and sidewalks, and street lighting.

Dancing

Prominade Dance Studio
Main Street
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 723-2332
Located on Marine Ave, the Promenade Dance Studio hosts lessons for all kinds of dance styles, such as Balroom, Swing, Salsa, Wedding Dances, et al. The studio also hosts private lessons, Group Classes, and Couples & Singles. www.PromenadeDanceStudio.com

Golf

PELICAN GOLF CLUB
22651 Pelican Hill Rd South
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 640-0238
Located on PCH and Newport Coast Drive, this course opened in 1992 and has quickly become the one to play in Southern California. The 6.634 yard layout, designed by Tom Fazio, is considered a buffer's paradise. The landscaping alone rivals that of the prestigious Pebble Beach, and the is a view of the ocean from every hole.

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NEWPORT BEACH GOLF COURSE
31001 Irvine Ave
Newport Beach, Ca
(714) 852-8681
Public Golf Course
 
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Sea Cruises

ELECTRA CRUISES INC
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 723-1069
Yacht Charters

HORNBLOWER DINING YACHTS
2431 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 646-0155
Yacht Charters
PACIFIC AVALON YACHT CHARTERS
3424 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 673-8545
Yacht Charters
 
NEWPORT DUNES WATERFRONT RESORT-BOAT RENTAL
1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 729-1150
Boat Rental
ORCA YACHT CHARTERS
2901 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 650-6722
Yacht Charter
 
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Arts & Entertainment

NEWPORT THEATHER ARTS CENTER
2501 Cliff Drive
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 631-0288
A nice, cozy community theater overlooking the beautiful harbor. Attending a performance here is rewarding just for the view you get during the intermission. Call for current productions, Show times and admission.
 
YELLOW BRICK ARCADE
Newport Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 760-5082
Arcade
 
JEROME'S MAGIC WORLD INC
4100 Newport Place Dr
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 222-0262
Arcade
 
EDWARDS CINEMAS
Island Cinemas
Lido Island
Newport Beach, CA
 
MYSTERY CAFE
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 631-2583
FEE: $48 per person on Saturdays, $38 per person on Fridays--which includes a 3 course meal, show and tax.
The Whodunnit Dinner Theater, presents their comical mystery productions Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. " Suspicions", "Murder at Cafe Noir" and "Mumm's the Word" are some of the productions the Mystery Cafe cast has staged the past few years. Live actors, waiters and musicans put on the productions. The productions are enacted among the diners before, during and after the meals. The audience in encouraged to particapate, actively trying to solve the mystery.
 

THE MERMAID
4248 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, Ca
(714) 851-5187
Local Community Theater--call for current shows, times, and pricing

 
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The Great Outdoors

UPPER NEWPORT BAY STATE ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Back Bay Drive and Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 640-1751
Bird Hotline (714) 651-9474
Directions: Take PCH to Jamboree Road, and turn inland, then turn left on Back Bay Drive. From the 405 freeway, exit Jamboree Drive and head west to Back Bay Drive and turn right. Make your way down Back Bay Drive and follow the road till you see several dirt parking areas. This 892 acre preserve of wetlands are the largest in coastal Southern California, and have survived despite their proximity to some of the highest prices real estate in Orange County. Hear you can enjoy outdoor sports like kayaking, canoeing, hiking and cycling. The bay is open to water craft as long as they travel five miles per hour or less. This estuary is home to cormorants, grebes, ducks, and herons ---nearly 200 species of water birds.

NEWPORT DUNES RV PARK
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 729-3863
Reservations:(800) 288-0770
Hours: Daily 8am to 10 pm
You can learn to sail, paddleboat and kayak around the 15 acre lagoon that is part of the Newport Dunes Aquatic Park. This is a large RV park with all the amenities which include and convenience store, freshwater swimming pool and spa, club house and banquet rooms, open air pavilions, showers, laundry and even tennis courts. There are more that 400 RV spaces, and a boat launch area. Marine repair and equipment sales are also available at this park. Overall there are 100 acres of outdoor activities here: Volleyball, biking, horseshoes, barbecues, windsurfing, boat rentals and lessons for practically everything. The prices range between $25 to $50 per night, depending on the size and location of your space.

SAN DIEGO CREEK TRAIL
Irvine/Newport Beach
This short bikeway travels through mostly flat country in Irvine, following the San Diego Creek Channel from Irvine Blvd (near Culver Drive) southwest to Upper Newport Bay at Jamboree Road. The trail passes part of UCI and the San Joaquin Freshwater Marsh Preserve. At Upper Newport Bay you can get in some fine birdwatching.

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Sailing

NEWPORT SAILING CLUB
3424 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-7100
Boat Rental
PILGRIM SAILING CRUISES
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 642-4875
Sailboat Charters
 
WINDWARD SAILING CLUB
3400 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-9060
Yacht Charters
 
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Night Life

BBG CLUB
353 E Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-4224
Local Night Club

ATLANTIS NIGHT CLUB
3388 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-8008
Local Night Club

THE CANNERY OF NEWPORT
3010 Lafayette Ave
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-5777
Saturday champagne brunch cruises leaving from the historical cannery. Restaurant at the Cannery Dock. Cruise on the "Isia Mujeres" or the "Fancy". Delicious food and champagne. Private charters available.


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Wheels

ROLLER WORKS
22nd St
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-6772
Try our hottest lnline park. World's largest inline skate store. Sales, service, Ramps, skate sharpening available.
 
XANADU SKATE RENTAL
106 22nd
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-3026
Skate Rental--Outdoor use
 

EASY RIDE BICYCLE RENTALS
101 Palm Street
Balboa, California 92661
949.566.9850

NEWPORT BEACH BIKE STATE RENTAL
2200 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-1065
BALBOA BEACH RENTALS
207 Palm St
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-2999
Bike Rental
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Billiards

THE CLASSIC Q
4250 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 261-9458
Billiard Hall

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Tours

GONDOLA OF NEWPORT BEACH
3404 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 675-1212
Embark on a tour of romance. One hour cruise in the canals of Newport Harbor. Authentic and beautiful Venetian gondolas. Complimentary basket of cheese, salami and bread.

Gondola Adventures, Inc.

3101 West Coast Highway, Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949-646-2067
www.gondola.com

Romance afloat!  Cruise the Newport Beach harbor in one of the most beautiful gondolas in the US.  Choose from our exclusive white-canopy-covered gondolas or our authentic Venetian gondolas, imported from Venice, Italy.  Elegant, classy, exclusive, romantic, and relaxing cruises for all occasions.  Cruises include a beverage and chocolates, appetizers, complete meals, or mouthwatering desserts.  Quite simply the best.

ADVENTURES AT SEA
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 650-2412
Romance afloat! Cruise beautiful Newport Beach. A horse drawn carriage on the water. Toast with complimentary champagne under the "Bridge of Signs" while you create a special memory with style. Quite simply the best.

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Museums

NEWPORT HARBOR ART MUSEUM
850 San Clemente Dr
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 759-1122
A fascinating view of the world of modern and contemporary art. New California artist series. Museum store featuring art objects on consignment. Free poster with any purchase over $10.00 in museum store.

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Shopping

Balboa Island Main Street
Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, CA

Marine Avenue is the heart of the island's Apparel district with marvelous boutiques and galleries. When the munchies strike, indulge in the delectable "Balboa Bar," made of vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate. If a more substantial meal is in order, Amelia's restaurant promises tasty Italian entrees, fresh seafood and a casual family atmosphere. The two-mile walk around the island's perimeter is requisite and offers views of the harbor's yachts and the island's bayside bungalows and million-dollar mansions. Newer residents cringe upon learning that the island's original plots of land sold for as little as $250. This stroll turns into a romantic stroll as evening falls and twinkling lights of the Fun Zone and Balboa Pavilion appear across the water.
FASHION ISLAND SHOPPING CENTER
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA
(714) 721-2022
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am to 9pm; Saturday 10 am to 6pm; Sunday 12 to 5pm
Set on a bluff overlooking Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, Fashion Island is certainly one of the prettiest settings for shopping. It sits in the center of office buildings that radiate around it like the spokes of a wheel. Palm trees are abundant in and around the complex of shops and office buildings. Some of the trendier, high fashion stores are found in this mall. Unique and quieter than South Coast Plaza.

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Events on The Island

Balboa Island has several activities and events throughout the season and 2012 is no exception. Hotels and pubs provide music and entertainment in high season and at weekends. Visit the Event Directory. This list shows some of the events taking place this summer; more will be added as they are announced and full details will be published as soon as they become available. It is advisable to check local papers and tourist offices to ensure you don't miss any of the local events!