Newport Beach is one of the premiere beach side communities in Orange County. From boat-friendly bayside estates to ocean facing homes, the miles of sandy beaches and large marina offer a variety of real estate options. A coastal midway point between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport offers a casual atmosphere alongside world class shopping and dining.
The city of Newport Beach is a strip of coast located mid-Orange County, known for its laid-back surfer community as well as its traditional yacht clubs. Pleasant weather year-round allows residents the freedom to explore a number of outdoor activities, both on the water and off.
The areas proximity to Hollywood means it has been home to a number of celebrity names, such as John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Kobe Bryant, Dean Koontz, Dennis Rodman and Michelle Pfeiffer who also attended Newport Harbor High School. You never know who you will see strolling the streets of Balboa Island or having lunch at Fashion Island.
The Newport Beach community is one of the wealthiest communities in the US. The wide variety of real estate options and a fantastic location makes this area a perfect place to relax, just far enough away from the bustle of Los Angeles. Miles of beach boardwalks, beautiful beaches, a large marina and plentiful parks are all connected by the world famous Pacific Coast Highway 101.
Originally inhabited by the Tongva and Juaneño/ Luiseño nations, the area was discovered by Spanish in 1602 and they began to settle Newport as well as the surrounding areas in what is now Orange County.
The Mexican-American war in 1848 resulted in the establishment of American rule in California in 1850. By 1870 the first steamer supply ship made it into the upper newport bay. The captain of that steamer Captain Samuel S. Dunnells named the area the rather unimaginative New Port. Dunnells established the warf that is now Newport Landing.
The McFadden brothers controlled much of the land of modern day Newport Beach and they were responsible for building a great deal of the area. In 1888 they built what is now the Newport Pier as a commercial fishing and shipping center, which it quickly became the largest business in Orange County. This lasted until the Government allocated funds for a new seaport in San Pedro.
Later in 1906 the Pacific Electric Railway came all the way to the Balboa Pavillion, which opened the area to tourists and visitors. Not much later the same year Newport Beach became incorporated.
Today the community of Newport is still proud of its nautical beginnings and the people who worked to make the area successful. There are a variety of historical attractions open to the public, which allow visitors and residents alike to learn more about the history of this city.
Newport Dunes Movies on The Beach
A summertime treat, every Friday and Saturday night the Newport Dunes provides free movies on the beach May through September.
Newport Beach International Film Festival
The festival was founded in 1999 and has grown into a prestigious event. Every April the festivities include tributes, special screenings, seminars and the opportunity for filmgoers to meet some of their favorite filmmakers.
Fashion Island Summer Concert Series
The longest-running summer concert series, the Fashion Island concerts last for six weeks during the summer months and are free to the public.
Sherman Library & Gardens
Located in Corona Del Mar the gardens were purchased in 1955 by Arnold D. Haskell as a nursery site. He began to cultivate the property and add beautiful landscaping. Today the grounds are open to the public daily for tours
Taste of Newport
Another Fashion Island event held in September every year, the Taste of Newport features over 30 restaurants, 15 wineries, live cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race
An annual international spring race which starts in Newport and ends in Ensanada, Mexico. The festivities begin in California at the starting line and the party heads to Baja California via cruise ship, tour bus or car to greet the racers at the finish line.
American Legion Old Glory Boat Parade
Held on the 4th of July every year in Newport Harbor and celebrates our countries birthday with ships festooned in patriotic ribbons and flags.
Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade
Late in December people head to the harbor again to see the Christmas Boat Parade. Celebrate the holiday season watching boats decorated with lights and ornaments tour the bay.