3 good reasons to visit Newport Beach

Strolling under palm trees, wandering through a lively market and exploring coastal paths … Newport Beach is an invitation to get away from it all and contemplate life. Here are 3 good reasons to go

Cover photo: Ariel Blanco

#1: For the breathtaking nature 

Head to the tip of the Balboa Peninsula and relax on the sandy beach of West Jetty View Park. Sensational waves, seasoned surfers and sunbathing: the setting is simply magical, especially at the end of the day. Those in the know promise that you can catch one of the most gorgeous sunsets on the coast here. 

Photo: @michyfreedom on Instagram

#2: For the endless activities

Interested in the history of Southern California? Peruse the book collections and archives of the Sherman Library and Gardens, where a wide array of historical research will immerse you in the Pacific Southwest’s fascinating past. Steps away, the garden overflows with flowerbeds bursting with colour. Next stop? The International Surfing Museum with its immense collection of surfboards. Then, visit the Orange County Museum of Art to admire local artists and creative thinkers. Artistic performances, workshops and community events enliven the space year-round, so be sure to check the programme before you visit. Finally, to really have a blast, go to Balboa Fun Zone, a coastal amusement park. 

Sherman Library and Gardens — 2647 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
International Surfing Museum — 411 Olive Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
Orange County Museum of Art — 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Balboa Fun Zone — 600 E Bay Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

Photo: @ocmamuseum on Instagram

#3: For the local specialities  

If salty sea air makes you crave fresh fish, you can satisfy your appetite with the famous ceviche trio at Javier’s. Or maybe you’re in the mood for French cuisine? Snag a table at Marché Moderne, located on the coast of Newport Beach. On the menu: a mix of modern and more rustic culinary styles. At snack time, head to Vacancy Coffee, where you can savour delicious pastries and sip an iced coffee in a casual setting. Another great café to check out: Stereoscope Coffee, where hot drinks are served in lovely round ceramic cups, to enjoy in their outdoor patio. 

Javier’s — 7832 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657, USA
Marché Moderne — 7862 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657, USA
Vacancy Coffee — 6480 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA
Stereoscope Coffee — 100 Bayview Cir Suite 1200, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA

Photo: @marchemoderne on Instagram


Where to sleep? 

At Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, just a short drive away. Fully renovated in a Mediterranean Californian style, it offers a real haven of peace to its guests and an absolutely chill atmosphere. The dream spot for a replenishing (and well-deserved) night of sleep. 

Hotel Joaquin — 985 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 USA

Photo: @hoteljoaquin on Instagram


Bonus: For the AMV store

To stock up on American Vintage essentials, stop by our new store in Newport Beach. 

Store opening on Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m.

American Vintage Newport Beach — Fashion Island Shopping Center, 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite A150, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Photo: Pepe Lobez


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