Catch a Sunset at Newport Pier

Orange County Newport Pier

Added by Tiffany Nguyen

  • Stunning views; Huntington Beach to the north and Balboa Pier to the south
  • Great sunsets year-round with the best weather
  • Not as overpopulated as other beaches in Orange County
  • Photography, Surfing, Swimming, Running or Eating at nearby restaurants

Newport Pier is located just south of Huntington Beach at the center of the Balboa Peninsula. Balboa Pier, the more crowded pier of Newport Beach, is nearby to the south. Thanks to the awesome weather of Southern California, there’s no reason this beach can’t be enjoyed all year long, which means the potential for stunning sunsets on the daily.

Parking at the beach can be found in the nearby residential areas and there are plenty of metered parking spots as well. However, be sure to check when street sweeping is because parking can be more sparse on those days.

One of my favorite things to do in Newport is spending the day chillin’ at the beach followed by photographing the sunset. You never know when you’ll catch that epic sunset, but when the clouds come rolling in, you know it’s gonna be a good one. Worst case scenario, you just spent a day relaxing at the beach. If you're hoping to get some waves while you're there, you can check the report at Surfline.

Be sure to check exactly when sunset is and post up with your tripod to find the shot you want. Catching a nice reflection of the pier on the water and shooting under the pier are a few of my fave shots. A neutral density filter will also help if you want that smooth water look. After the sun sets take a stroll along the boardwalk to grab a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Neutral density filters
  • Warm clothes
  • Sandals
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Bodysurfing, Chillin, Photography, Surfing, Swimming

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21 days ago

A great spot to see the famous Southern California Coast sunset!

It's an awesome location to see the sunset at the Newport Pier, good place to hangout in the day time too so it's a great all day thing to do. Great post!!

21 days ago

3 months ago

Relax and hang out

This is obviously a great place to watch a sunset. Also a great place to grab a drink or eat some food. Relax and hang out after a long day of doing nothing at the beach.

3 months ago

9 months ago

Definitely an iconic place for photography!

The Newport Pier provides fantastic views, and it's definitely a popular place because of it.

9 months ago

12 months ago

Not for the faint of heart. Bring some fins and make it happen. Make sure you are a strong swimmer.

12 months ago

almost 2 years ago

Never a bad spot to relax, enjoy the beach, and the sunset. If you're hungry, swing by TK Burgers ( right next to the pier.

almost 2 years ago

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