Stand Up Paddle around Balboa Island, Newport Beach

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A smooth, relaxing paddle around a fabulous, upscale island. Stand-up paddleboards were made for locations like this.

Balboa Island, located in Newport Bay, is a fun destination on its own, but add a relaxing SUP to the mix and you’ve got yourself an adventure. There are two ways to get onto island: cross the Marine Avenue Bridge, or take the Balboa Island Ferry (directly inland from Balboa Pier and south of Newport Pier). I recommend the Ferry if you’re going for the full island experience.

You’ll find several shops where you can rent SUPs on Marine Avenue, which is the “main street” of Balboa Island. The rental places usually put you in the water near the bridge, then you’re free to explore.

There are several inlets and channels to discover around the island. I recommend heading east for a few minutes and then taking a right into Promontory Bay. Here you’ll find gorgeous homes with equally gorgeous boats. 

It will take you a couple hours to circle the island at a leisurely pace. You can also choose to cut through the Grand Canal on the eastern end of the island, which is fun. 

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunblock
  • Sun Glasses
  • Water
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

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