This site includes Balboa Island and parts of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach on the west coast of California. This area is steeped in history and, despite its remote location, has produced or attracted a rich array of famous people and fascinating characters.

Glitz and glamour size, Balboa Island has long been a year-round family favorite vacation destination. From it’s award winning beaches to holiday boat parade, to world-class shopping in Newport Beach, Balboa boasts something for everyone at anytime of the year.

Welcome to our island paradise.




Things To Do


Upcoming Events

Holiday Home Walking Tour
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Home Walking Tour @ Balboa Island | Newport Beach | California | United States

The 20th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour will be held on Sunday, December 11th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns this year with nine uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages. All are beautifully decorated for the holidays and will surely ignite the holiday spirit within all who participate in this annual event.

Tickets are $35.00. You may purchase tickets online here. They will also be available beginning the first of November at the following Balboa Island stores: Island Home, Balboa Island Museum and The Persimmon Tree all located on Marine Ave., Balboa Island

Will Call Tickets
Tickets will be available for pick up at Balboa Island Museum located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island at 10:00am on the day of the Tour.

Be sure to visit the shops on Marine Ave for your holiday shopping and refreshments!

Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 18 @ 9:00 pm
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade @ Newport Harbor | Newport Beach | California | United States

The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Proudly Hosts the 108th Year of this Spectacular Holiday Tradition

Celebrate the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, for five jam-packed nights on December 14-18, 2016. Hailed as one of the “World’s Best Christmas Parades” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of “Top Ten Christmas Happenings in the Nation” by the New York Times, Newport Harbor transforms into an illuminated wonderland. Vessels of all sizes are adorned from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, music and more!

The Parade

As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 14 and ending Sunday, December 18, 2016. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times, is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages. The parade continues to be a premier event during the holiday season in Southern California that brings joy and happiness to all that view it.

Ring Of Lights
Beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go “all out” with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the “Ring of Lights” has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself.


Balboa Surf & Style

Balboa Surf & Style provides guests with memorable shopping, paddling, and biking experiences! Visit our store on beautiful Balboa Island and see the latest in brand name sportswear and accessories; or rent a Paddleboard, Kayak, Boogieboard, or an Electric Bike.

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