Top 5 things to do by Yacht in Newport Beach

Top 5 things to do by Yacht in Newport Beach

Newport Beach is known for its yacht filled harbour and is the epitome of the Orange County lifestyle: soft-sand beaches, laid-back approach and luxury. Spend the day lounging in style aboard a yacht whilst you watch the local surfers on the big waves, or take the tender ashore to the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views.

Newport Beach is a coastal city in southern California known for its large, boat-filled harbor, its two piers, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier and its man made-islands. Yachts, canals, waves and pristine patches of sand are common in Newport Beach’s opulent oceanfront area. Cruise through the man-made islands to explore a mix of luxury living with some of the best beaches in the region.

Please note that your YachtLife charter specialist will be able to assist in planning your bespoke itinerary in Newport Beach, so the below should be considered as inspiration for your Newport Beach yacht charter. Additionally, we have created a 7-day Southern California yachting itinerary you may enjoy.

1. Visit Newport Pier & Journey back to the 1940’s at Balboa Pier

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Newport Beach - Balboa Pier - Ruby's

A cruise along Newport’s coastline, will take you past the city’s two famous piers, the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier. Newport Pier extends from the busy Balboa Peninsula into the pacific and offers fine, soft sand with plenty of room to lounge at the beach – you will most certainly spot surfers, swimmers and sunbathers all basking in the warmth of the beautiful Southern California sunny days.

Whilst Balboa Pier, the original Ruby’s location, will take you on a time travel journey back to the 1940s with its bright red vinyl booths, white Formica tables, and soda fountains. Behind the Balboa Pier, you will find the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views, that will make for an exceptional location for an afternoon on land if cruising with children.

2. Step Ashore at Balboa Island

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Newport Beach - Balboa Island

In front of Balboa Fun Zone, is one of the most charming Newport Beach man-made islands, Balboa Island; it is a one-of-a-kind, man-made treasure. It is a Newport gem that feels more like a quaint East Coast harborfront village than the rest of Newport’s distinctly Southern Californian vibe. Its Marine Avenue boasts chic coastal shops, restaurants and quaint bistros serving up a variety of dishes bursting with flavor and obviously Balboa Island’s two famous desserts, the Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana.

3. Explore Newport Bay

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Newport Beach - Newport Bay

Take your yacht further into the Newport Bay to explore all the city and its bay has to offer. Take a cruise through the marina to see the exuberant water-front mansions and later choose from a plethora of water-front restaurants such as The Balboa Pavilion or Rusty Pelican or Balboa Bay Resort, to dock for lunch.

Later continue your cruise down the bay and drop anchor at the Wedge to observe the surfer’s in their natural habitat in one of the most notable surf spots in Southern California, where you will find near-shore waves as high as 30 feet.

4. Go Whale Watching

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Newport Beach - Whale Watching

Additional to all of the on/near land attractions that Newport Beach offers its visitors, it is also home to one of the best waters for whale watching. Sail out to sea to view gian blue whales during the summer and fall and grey whales in the winter and spring.

5. Visit Laguna Beach

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Newport Beach - Laguna Beach

If time permits, take a day cruise to the iconic Laguna Beach with its 30 beaches and coves. At Laguna Beach you will be able to spend your day snorkelling, swimming, enjoying your water toys or simply lounging aboard your yacht. As night falls, step ashore to visit the city’s one-of-a-kind specialty shops and boutiques or one of its many distinct restaurants.


Yachting in Newport Beach will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen – by the water.

How to Charter a Yacht in Newport Beach?

Chartering a private yacht in Newport Beach should be simple and stress-free.

Whether we are working with you to create the perfect itinerary, or you would like water toys or provisions, at YachtLife, we do our absolute best to ensure your yacht charter in Newport Beach will be one to remember.

We spend so much time and focus on the smallest details so you can focus on what matters most – enjoying your Newport Beach charter vacation.

If you are looking to charter tomorrow or you are planning your next vacation, YachtLife is here to help you find the perfect yacht for any occasion.

Go onto our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) and browse browse our hand-selected inventory of yachts to charter in Newport Beach. View photos, specs and pricing, and reserve without having to call a broker.

If you have any questions, or need help planning, our team of professional yacht brokers are more than happy to assist in finding the perfect yacht for your charter vacation.

You can contact our team here to charter a yacht in Newport Beach or anywhere in the world you desire.

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