Balboa Island is a one-of-a-kind seaside treasure and renowned destination for both residents and visitors. A charming enclave of Newport Beach, Balboa Island is comprised of three partially man-made islands in Newport Harbor—Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island, and Collins Island. Balboa Island is densely populated with approximately 3,000 residents inhabiting the .2 square mile island—higher than San Francisco. Access the island by a two-lane bridge on the northeast corner, or a fleet of 3 three-car ferry boats (the Balboa Island Ferry) will take you across the harbor from Balboa Peninsula.
With humble beginnings as a mudflat surrounded by marshland, Balboa Island is now home to some of North America’s most expensive real estate. W.S. Collins, who developed the area, is rumored to have sold original lots for as little as $25.00. However, long ago were these days and now homes are priced upwards of $1.5 million. Expect to find luxury residences in a variety of architectural styles ranging from charming Cape Cod homes to contemporary masterpieces with spectacular bay views and even private docks. A proud nautical community, extravagant yachts and electric Duff y boats dot the perimeter of the island.
Historic Marine Avenue offers an enticing mix of exclusive galleries, chic coastal stores, and quaint restaurants. After indulging in some local cuisine, top off the meal with Balboa Island’s iconic frozen treats, the Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana. Bayfront provides a front row seat to the neighborhood’s most festive events including the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Flight of the Lasers, Balboa Island Art Walk, Balboa Island Parade, and more. Watch the boats sail through the harbor with a bike ride around the island, or explore the channels by kayak or standup paddleboard. Balboa Island provides an array of unique ways to enjoy the Southern California coastal lifestyle.