• Balboa Peninsula


Balboa Pavilion and Peninsula

Balboa Pavilion

This historic landmark was originally used as a bathhouse for swimmers in 1906. During the Big Band era, residents swing danced under the cupola-topped structure by the light of the moon. Now it is the terminal for Catalina Island, whale-watching cruises, and fishing charters. The pavilion is surrounded by a boardwalk called the Balboa Fun Zone, which features a carnival-like atmosphere, including a games arcade, rides, and hot dog vendors.

Beach and Peninsula

Picturesque Balboa Peninsula is connected to the mainland and offers a strip of golden sand in the way of Balboa Beach. The beach faces the Pacific Ocean and is close to the yacht harbour and the activities of the Balboa Fun Zone. A ferry connects the peninsula to Balboa Island, a picturesque little neighbourhood that offers Cape Cod-style gift shops, art galleries and restaurants.