Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve & Nature Preserve (7 minutes from hotel)
Upper Newport Bay (UNB) in Newport Beach is an estuary - a place where fresh and salt water meet and mix. It is one of only a few remaining estuaries in Southern California and is the home of nearly 200 species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous species of mammals, fish, other critters and native plants. The Bay is an important stopover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway and up to 30,000 birds can be seen here on any day during the winter months. Its close proximity to the 73 Freeway makes Upper Newport Bay easily accessible to residents of Orange County and beyond. Many people come here to hike, cycle, canoe, kayak, fish or simply enjoy nature.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 640-6746
Balboa Island (10 minutes from hotel)
This quaint and charming island community is a popular attraction for Newport Beach visitors and residents, offering sightseeing opportunities, adventure, shopping and more. Protected from the pounding Pacific surf and surrounded by beaches and a tranquil, secluded bay, Balboa Island is a sun-washed island paradise, perfectly situated in the beautiful Newport Harbor. The island is accessed from the mainland via a bridge at the end of Jamboree Road and from the Balboa Peninsula by ferry. Best seen on foot, this picturesque island is home to more than 70 gift shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stroll down the North Bay front walkway to get a better view of the stately yachts moored at the docs. Wander down Marine Avenue and enjoy the unique shopping and culinary delights in the island's casual atmosphere. You can get a bite to eat at one of the many sidewalk cafes, or enjoy award-winning cuisine at one of its fine restaurants. As you walk around the island, you'll notice an enchanting mix of architectural styles, from Cape Cod to beautiful modern homes. When you're ready to leave, catch the Balboa Ferry via Agate Avenue on the South Bay front for a memorable ride to the Balboa Peninsula.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Cannery Village (10 minutes form hotel)
Encompassing eight square blocks, Cannery Village was once the center of the commercial fishing industry. Now the restaurants, antique shops and art galleries have mostly replaced canneries, boat yards and marine repair shops. A long time favorite place for local artists, the village has been called a 'Montmartre by the Sea' where artists display their works regularly. Best seen on foot, you'll discover a charming blend of old Newport and modern pleasures of shopping and dining. Public parking is available on 30th Street between Villa Way and Newport Boulevard.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Mission San Juan Capistrano (25 minutes from hotel)
Founded more than two hundred years ago, the Mission San Juan Capistrano is considered the birthplace of Orange County. Today it stands as a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. The mission was originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians and served as a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. Visitors can explore the many areas within the Mission walls. Walk down its old paths, and hear the tolling of century old bells, and rest amidst 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls. It really is a sanctuary like no other. Other sightseeing points of Interest: Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church.
Ortega Highway at Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 234-1300
Catalina Island (1 Hour, 15 minutes from hotel)
Located 22 miles from the Los Angeles/Orange County coast, Catalina Island still retains the charm and hospitality of days gone by. Avalon, the island's only city, encompasses about 2-square miles with a population of about 3,500. There are no freeways or traffic lights on Catalina. The most common mode of transportation is walking, bicycles or golf carts. The streets are lined with palm trees, the waters surrounding the island are crystal blue, the air is clean, and the island has nearly perfect year-round weather. Avalon offers a large selection of restaurants, shops, and a wide variety of venues, which accommodate groups of 20 to 1000, for hosting meetings, seminars, product rollouts, company picnics and parties. The island offers a plethora of land and sea activities.
26 miles across the Pacific, CA
Phone: (310) 510-1520