balboa island improvement association

improving the island since 1918

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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".


About Balboa - Balboa Island & the Balboa Peninsula, California

Balboa Island is a distinctive, quaint  island community on the coast of Orange County,California in the City of Newport Beach. The “Island” is really three man-made islands; the “Big Islandwhich is reached by bridge from the north, and from the south by a five-minute, three-car ferry ride from the town of Balboa on the peninsula.  Once on the Big island, you reach the “Little Island” to the east by bridge over the Grand Canal, and the tiny, private Collins island is on the other end of the Big Island to the west.  Balboa Island is the easternmost island in Newport Harbor and the first of the six islands reached after entering the Harbor by boat from the sea.   By land, the Island bridge is at the southern end of Jamboree Road which crosses the two freeways in Orange County, the 5, 405, the 73 toll road and Coast Highway 1.Newport Harbor, Balboa Island

The perimeter of the Big Island is 1.71 miles and the Little Island and its connecting bridge adds another .84 miles, encompassed by a popular 2.5 mile long concrete boardwalk around both  islands separating multi-million dollar bay front homes from the beaches and bay.

Balboa Island is the “Jewel” of Newport Beach with all it but its three main thoroughfares named for gem stones.  There's no better place to call home, according to residents, who use words like "heaven," "sanctuary" and "paradise" to describe the Islands seaside serenity. The Island's main street, Marine Avenue, is just two-blocks of tree-lined shopping district with  almost 100 businesses including  clothing and gift Granuaile's Tower, Kildavnet, Balboa Islandshops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, art galleries and a market.  The Islands smaller shopping area is on Agate Avenue by the Ferry with over 20 businesses including a restaurant,  grill, laundromat, market and other shops and services.  The individual businesses are described in detail on other pages of this website.

The Islands’ 28 acres are divided into the Big Island’s 1,186 lots, the Little Island’s  231 more and Collins Island with just 8 lots.  Most lots are just 30 feet wide and 85 feet deep with 3-foot side yards and alleys behind.  About half the lots contain two family dwellings resulting in well over 2,000 dwelling units on the two islands and just 8 homes on private Collins Island.

To get a good look at us,  search for Balboa island on Google Earth and click on the many view photo spots.

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.

Island Life

Balboa Island is a distinctive community in the middle of Orange County's Newport Harbor offering coastal living with a neighborly vibe. A narrow waterway called the Grand Canal divides the community into the main island and Little Balboa Island. Together they have 1,450 expensive and in-demand homes.

There's no better place to call home, according to residents, who use words like "heaven," "sanctuary" and "paradise" to describe the island's seaside serenity. The island's main drag, Marine Avenue, is lined with gift shops, ice cream parlors and art galleries and serves as the town square.

Balboa Island is small. The larger island is 1¾ miles in circumference. Little Balboa Island is just ¾ mile around. Everything is within walking distance.

But Balboa Island is not for everyone. People who prize spacious lots and privacy should probably look elsewhere.

The Artwalk 2009 was a great success! Congratulations & thank you to all the artists who made it a wonderful show. We would like to invite you to join in again, & to invite new artists to participate in our Balboa Island Artwalk showcasing talented local artists, and highlighting music all along the promenade. Attendance is approx. 4000 with free admission.  

The show is held on Balboa Island’s South Bayfront Promenade from Marine Avenue (over a mile of art) to Pearl Avenue. Each artist will have a space 20ft by 3ft along the sea wall.   

This is a Fine Art Show. No Crafts. This is now a Juried Fine Art Show. You need to include one great photo representing your work. Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Glass, Jewelry and Photography. If you are planning on displaying more than one type of art, include photo of each for consideration. You can only display your own artwork.  No sharing of displays. Artist must be present. 

Notification will be by mail early April.  If accepted, you will need to attend one mandatory meeting Monday, April 30th to get your space assignment and your official Artwalk T-shirt, postcard invitations, posters and city required tax forms.  The jury fee is $25 non-refundable. The entry fee is $150.  Which includes website page with photo of your work, contact info and link to your URL; 25 invitations, 10 posters to be put up as advertising in your area, & one Official Artwalk t-shirt. Your entry fee will be returned if you are not accepted.  

All Artists must have a resale tax #and must collect sales tax to remit to the state. This number is required on your entry form. Please visit to download the form for a sellers permit if you do not already have one. (This takes approx 2 weeks).  (Sales totaling over $1000. must have a Newport Beach City License. Contact Glen from the City of NB @ 644-3144 only regarding city license.)  

All artists are responsible for their own 20ft by 3ft professional display, which may include easels, a-frames, wall panels and small tables.  

We need volunteers! Volunteers get priority in space assignment. Please let us know if you can help with public relations, sponsorships, printing or hanging banners, graphic design, invitation and poster printing, flier copies, signage (for parking and pointing way to show), mandatory meeting assistance or errands.