A Glimpse of Balboa Island

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I've been on Balboa Island several times lately.

I realized this weekend, I've accumulated quite a few photos I should share.

Balboa Island is in Newport Beach, but it's not to be confused with the Balboa Peninsula.  They're very close to each other (right across from each other in Newport Harbor), but they aren't the same place.  There's a ferry you can take to get from one to the other though.

I don't really know how to explain Balboa Island.

First of all, Balboa Island isn't really an island, it's THREE islands. 

(Balboa Island, Little Balboa and Collins Island – all man made.)

It's old.

It's cute.

It's beachy, but it's in a harbor.  

There's water, and a little (!) sand, but no waves.


A lot of people like to rent beach houses there for a week or two in the summer.

Some very famous, wealthy, celebrities own homes on Balboa Island too. 

Maybe the best thing to do is just show you a few photos …

Charming, quaint …

A contrast, all unto itself –


And just in case you forget what all this quaint, charm costs ….


There are constant reminders.


And also,

Did I mention the beauty?


Once the sun sets, there's a very peaceful beauty ….

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8 Responses to “A Glimpse of Balboa Island”

  1. karen

    OH, the purple hue!!…
    Balboa reminds me a bit of our East Coast equivalent, Martha’s Vineyard.

  2. Linda P

    I seriously need to get back to California. My brother lives in Alameda. Maybe next time I visit him I’ll take some time and drive down the coast and grab lunch with you:)

  3. DuchessOmnium

    California was my home for a while, but I never went to Balboa Island. My loss, clearly. I’ll be glad to see and hear more.

  4. Kathy

    Karen – I was thinking the Vineyard or Hyannis – too funny! Love the last picture, absolutely gorgeous. 🙂


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