Idyllic beachfront city with excellent shopping and dining
Newport Beach and its refined Corona del Mar neighborhood together comprise an idyllic coastal stretch of Orange County, California. The city of Newport Beach is bordered by Huntington Beach to the west, Costa Mesa and John Wayne Airport to the north, and the almost 4,000-acre natural expanse of Crystal Cove State Park to the east. The southern edge of Newport Beach is comprised of the Balboa Peninsula and unbroken Pacific Ocean coastline.
Newport Beach has many distinct neighborhoods with a wide range of luxurious housing options, from gated hillside communities to lavish oceanfront villas. Some of the most sought-after areas include the Balboa Peninsula, Newport Heights, East Bluff, and Harbor View. Corona del Mar features breathtaking properties rising into the oceanside hills with incredible views over Newport Bay.
10 miles of gorgeous coastline
Thousands of shops and restaurants
Varied upscale housing options
Newport Beach is one of Orange County’s most desirable communities, as it offers access to outstanding beaches, countless upscale shops and restaurants, and gorgeous natural open space. Residents enjoy year-round sunshine with mild winters and warm summers. Corona del Mar is one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, with large houses and many high-end places to eat and shop. CdM’s name means “crown of the sea” in Spanish, and this attractive coastal community more than lives up to this label.
Fashion Island is an enormous shopping mall with a huge selection of restaurants and retailers. The mall’s anchor tenants are Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Whole Foods Markets. Other businesses include a mix of upscale independent boutiques and recognizable retailers.
Nearby Roger’s Gardens carries a large selection of unique items for the home and garden. It also has an excellent restaurant, The Farmhouse, serving seasonal fare using locally sourced ingredients. More great shopping and dining can be found in the Village area of Corona del Mar. Standouts here include bustling classic American bistro The Quiet Woman, upscale English Country Inn-style Five Crowns, and Zagat-rated Northern Italian cooking at Rothschild’s Restaurant. Many of Corona del Mar Village’s businesses have an enticingly old-fashioned vibe. The Quiet Woman and Five Crowns have both been in business here since the 1960s, while El Cholo has been serving up delicious Mexican cuisine and margaritas since the 1920s.
Newport Beach has 10 miles of coastline with many beaches dotted along it. Thirteen of these beaches have been awarded a five-star rating by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Newport Municipal Beach is the top-ranked beach, covering five miles of sandy oceanfront.
Other standouts include The Wedge, known for its dramatic 30-foot surf breaks. Corona del Mar’s main beaches are Big Corona and Little Corona. Backed by stunning cliffsides, these beaches have fire pits for hanging out long into the night. Fire pits are also located on the beach next to Balboa Pier, a popular spot for fishing and leisurely strolls. Nearby Balboa Marina is the West Coast’s largest recreational boat harbor with 172 boat slips.
Three miles of unspoiled natural beachfront can be accessed within sprawling Crystal Cove State Park, along with hiking trails winding around inland chaparral canyons and a historic district of coastal cottages from the 1920s and ‘30s. Sherman Library and Gardens has 2.2 acres of gorgeous botanical gardens with themed areas including a rose garden, Japanese garden, herb garden, and fern grotto. The library has 15,000 volumes and an extensive collection of local Impressionist artwork.
Schools within Newport Beach are operated by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Highlights include:
Roy O. Andersen Elementary School, Public, K-6
Newport Coast Elementary School, Public, K-6
Eastbluff Elementary School, Public, K-6
Corona del Mar High School, Public, 7-12