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...

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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...

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Welcome to Balboa Island, CA

This is the Balboa Island Improvement Association's guide to Balboa Island. This guide offers listings of accommodations, activities, maps, and travel information. Hopefully, this guide will 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".


balboa island Etiquette

DOGS: Dogs are prohibited on the beaches of Balboa Island between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (not to exceed 6 feet).  In Newport Beach you are required by law to carry a bag or container for your dog nuisances at all times.  Fines are $100 - $500 for dog nuisances not picked up.  The Association (not the city) provides “Doggy Walk Bags” at 8 dispensers around the island.  Please take no more than 2.  Dogs are prohibited in Balboa Island Park (on Agate Ave.) at anytime.  Please keep them off the grass!

BEACHES: All beaches on Balboa Island are public.  Picnics, alcohol, littering, and smoking are not permitted.

BOARDWALKS: Bicycles and skateboards (& Razor scooters) are prohibited from all Island sidewalks and boardwalks.  For the safety of all, please keep to the right, pass on the left.  If you walk your dog on the seawall, walking counter-clockwise is appreciated.  Smoking or alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the boardwalks.

REFUSE COLLECTION: Wednesday is trash collection day beginning at 7:00 a.m.  All refuse must be in sealed bags or covered trash cans.  Weight per bag or can is not to exceed 50 pounds.  Please replace lids on containers and put them back in their out-of-sight location by 7 p.m.  No hazardous waste.  Picking through other people’s trash is illegal.  Refuse is not collected on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  If the holiday falls on a weekday, refuse collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.  Call 949-644-3055 for verification of holiday schedule.

LITTERING: Fines up to $500.  Includes beaches, streets & alleys.  Please use the refuse containers at the many locations around the Island for your drink containers, doggie bags, and other personal discards.  Littering of cigarette butts is a penal code violation.  They are not biodegradable and often end up in the bay and on our beaches.  Their unsightly presence is not in the pristine sprit of Balboa Island.

NOISE: Please be considerate of your neighbors.  Houses are very close together and sound travels on the Island more so than in less dense communities. There is a city Loud and Unruly Ordinance.  Fines begin at $500 (up to $3,000) for gatherings over 8 people that disturb the peace, safety, and quiet enjoyment of residential properties.

CONSTRUCTION HOURS: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.  Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No construction on Sundays or holidays (per municipal code this includes residents producing loud noises).

SPEED LIMITS: Be cautious at all times. 25 MPH (streets) 15 MPH (alleys) or what is deemed safe.  Please make full stops at stop signs.  Rolling stops are dangerous, illegal, and are being enforced.

PARKING:  The city conducts street-sweeping once a week.  Check signs to avoid ticketing.  Park so that no part of your vehicle is in a red curb area.  The time limit for parking in one spot is 72 hours.  Cars parked in the spots designated “Electric Cart Parking Only” will be ticketed.  Saving parking spots with chairs or other items is illegal.  Please call Parking Control for assistance or violations: 949-644-3717.

GOLF CARTS: are required to be licensed and have seat belts, lights, and turn signals - In other words “street legal”.  Golf cart operators must be licensed drivers and obey the same traffic laws as cars.

The City of Newport Beach has adopted an ordinance prohibiting the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers in residential neighborhoods (a bi-lingual flyer is available on the city’s website).

CAR WASHING: If you wash your car on Balboa Island you must corral your water and wet-vac or mop it up.  Allowing water (especially soapy) to drain to gutters that lead to the bay is illegal.  Even “biodegradable” soap is harmful to our bay as is invisible brake dust.  For blatant violations please call the city’s Code & Water Quality Division 949-644-3215.  Fines from $100-$500.

DUCKS:  A law forbids feeding the ducks and other birds on the Island.
SIGNS/SALES:  Garage sale or announcement signs are allowed on private property only per municipal code and are not permitted on public property (sidewalks; streets; center medians; lamp posts).  The maximum period for conducting a yard and/or garage sale in the City is limited to three (3) consecutive days, and no more than two (2) times in any 12 month period.

NO FIREWORKS: of any kind are permitted in the city of Newport Beach.
Please call the POLICE (911 or 949-644-3717) immediately if you notice any suspicious activity, persons, or situations on the Island.  We are a Neighborhood Watch Community.

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The information on the opposite side is a compilation of our longstanding island etiquette in addition to some information and helpful municipal code information.  Please give us your feedback and suggestions at [email protected] or call 949-675-1773.

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Events on The Island

Balboa Island has several activities and events throughout the season and 2012 is no exception. 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!