Newport Beach Holidays

Thanks to the prism of popular TV series The O.C., Newport Beach is well-known as a sophisticated, upscale city with some of the best beaches in California.

Newport Beach holidays are all about those south-facing beaches and pleasant temperatures that have earned it the nickname 'California's Riviera'. Relax, unwind and enjoy the picturesque views or hit the swanky shops of al fresco Fashion Island, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous as you peruse the designer-name brands. Visit the little gem that is Balboa Island and taste two of the area's famous deserts; the Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana. Both delicious treats are dipped in chocolate and covered with a variety of coatings from nuts and sprinkles to cookie crumbs and they have been available for nearly 75 years.

Whale watching in Newport Beach is fantastic throughout the year. Grey whale season runs from December through April and then the waters are warmer from May to November, which brings the opportunity to view blue whales. You can also see dolphins, seals and sea otters on these trips. Learn to surf or paddleboard, walk the Pacific Ridge Trailhead, cycle the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve or charter a Duffy boat from the largest recreational harbour on the west coast. These electric boats are easy to drive and gently cruise through the waters so you can appreciate the beauty of Newport Harbor, or why not book at special dinner cruise aboard an elegant yacht; yachting isn't just a sport in Newport Beach, it's a lifestyle.

Visit nearby Santa Monica for even more beach and sunshine, or head to Palm Springs for a desert oasis getaway. You could also visit Newport Beach as part of your Pacific Coast drive; start your trip north in Vancouver or Seattle and then journey the full length of the west coast visiting vibrant cities, seaside towns and beautiful beaches.

Destination Highlights
  • Cycle the Back Bay
  • Try a sweet treat, the Balboa Bar or Frozen Banana
  • Charter a Duffy boat
  • Paddleboard in Newport Harbor
  • Hit the shops at Fashion Island
  • Take a whale watching boat trip

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Average weather in January

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Palm Springs
14ºC
40mm

Average weather in February

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Palm Springs
15ºC
66mm

Average weather in March

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Palm Springs
16ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

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Palm Springs
18ºC
18mm

Average weather in May

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Palm Springs
20ºC
5mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

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Palm Springs
23ºC

Average weather in July

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Palm Springs
25ºC

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

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Palm Springs
25ºC

Average weather in September

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Palm Springs
24ºC
1mm

Average weather in October

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Palm Springs
21ºC
21mm

Average weather in November

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Palm Springs
17ºC
14mm

Average weather in December

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Palm Springs
14ºC
33mm
  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    "We did a really fun segway tour that took us along the boardwalk and Balboa Pier area stopping to allow us to take photos along the beach and see some of the incredible beachfront homes. We also stopped off at the peninsula to see the famous 'Wedge' where surfers from all over come to test their skills. I really enjoyed it."