Starting in 1987 we have spent a summer week at Newport Beach 12 times. We have always stayed in rentals on the peninsula, always on the boardwalk. We are going to do it again next month. 4 of those times we have been in the 1400 block of W. Oceanfront, which we will do again this time. That is the block between the Stuft Surfer and the elementary school. At least once a trip we end up down at the Balboa Pier area and go to the Fun Zone, etc. Sometimes we take the ferry over to Balboa Island. We typically walk around a little and then get on the ferry and head back. We walk down some nice streets and see some nice looking homes, some of which are quaint and/or charming. That's about it.
There are people who post here who really like Balboa Island, which makes me wonder what I am missing. Are there sights to see or activities that we are missing? Interesting cafes or restaurants? Any suggestions would be appreciated. We do usually have access to bikes if that makes it easier.Edited: 12 June 2014, 17:33