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".


beaches, balboa island, CA

Balboa Island boasts some of the finest beaches in California. Balboa's beach scheme is a California standard for beaches and marinas and is assessed on an annual basis. The criteria for qualification include water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.

Location: Maps, Island Map

Framed by Pacific Coast Highway inland and Balboa Peninsula. Balboa Island is accessed by Jamboree Road or a ferry from the peninsula.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking: $7 maximum in the lot west of Balboa Avenue on the peninsula; limited parking on the streets of Balboa Island.

Phone: (949) 644-3309

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.

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.


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!