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'''Newport Beach''' [http://www.newportbeach-cvb.com] is a city famous for its lavish lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. Television enthusiasts will recognize the resemblance to the show ''The O.C.'', and not just by virtue of its location in [[Orange County (California)|Orange County]], [[California]]. The [[United States|American]] city has its share of "beautiful people" often with wealth to spare. Yet it's very possible to enjoy life in Newport Beach amongst the millionaires on a low, low budget. The area code for all of Newport Beach is 949. ==Visitor Information=='''Visit Newport Beach''', [http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/] is the City of Newport Beach's official Destination Marketing organization. Phone: 1-800-94-COAST. Find information on things to do, events, hotels, restaurants, beaches and the surf report. View an Official Newport Beach Visitor Guide online, order one, or pick one up at the Visitor Center, located at 1200 Newport Center Drive.
==Get in==
*'''Fashion Island''', The premiere shopping center in Newport Beach, this is a beautiful outdoor mall with great landscaping, and fountains of every decription. Stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales's, Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, Nike for Women. Restaurants include Cafe R & D (crowded, but good), the Neiman Marcus Restaurant (with a beautiful view towards the ocean), and ThaiFoon.
*'''Westcliff Plaza''', This is the real Newport, as few tourists make it over here. Located near the corner of Westcliff and Irvine Avenue, this is a small, luxury mall, with ultra upscale clothes, furnishings, and services. Restaurants include Haute Cakes (Breakfast and Lunch only), Pizza Bakery, and Capri Blu. You will also see the colorful spectrum of local teen lifestyles.
*'''Crystal Cove''', This is on Pacific Coast highway in the southern reaches of Newport, called Newport Coast. Stop here on your way to Laguna Beach and find both chain and private retailers. This mall is breathtaking as it is located overlooking the ocean. Stop for a bite to eat.
*<buy name="Newport Landing Whale Watching" alt="" address="309 Palm St. Suite A." directions="" phone="949-675-0550" url="http://newportwhales.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="2 and 1/2 Hours">! During the summer months we view Blue Whales (90+ feet in length), Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and several types of dolphin and other marine life. During the winter months we view Grey Whales, the occasional Orca, and many dolphins and sea lions. We have a 96% viewing success rate of marine life on each cruise. Our primary whale watching ship is 65 feet in length with a large upstairs sun-deck, wrap around outside seating, snack bar with food and beverage and indoor seating with large windows. </buy>
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==Eat==
*'''The Crab Cooker'''
*<eat name="Gelato Paradiso" alt="" address="Two locations -- : 952 Avocado Ave. or Fashion Island Atrium court" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.gelatoparadiso.net/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Many flavors of very good quality Italian-style gelato and sorbetto. Try the bacio (chocolate and hazelnut).</eat>
*<eat name="Gina's Pizza" alt="" address="4533 Campus Dr." directions="" phone="(949) 725-1144" url="http://www.ginaspizza.com/locations.html" hours="" price="price: moderate" lat="" long="">Located in UC Irvine, just north of Newport Beach. Its delicious pizza, pasta, and salad is considered some of the best in Orange County. Popular with local UCI and UHS students.</eat>
*<eat name="Ho Sum Bistro" alt="" address="3112 Newport Blvd" directions="" phone="(949) 675-0896" url="www.hosumbistro.com" hours="" price="" lat="33.615714" long="-117.930210">The Combo Salad will fill you up and is very well priced for how much you get ($4-6). A nice option if you are stuck on the peninsula.</eat>
*<eat name="Sugar 'N Spice" alt="" address="310 Marine Avenue" directions="" phone="+1-949-673-8907" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">For an inexpensive and tasty treat, order a frozen, chocolate covered banana.</eat>
*'''Taco Mesa''', in nearby [[Costa Mesa]]. Award winning Mexican food. Located on 19th street across from the DMV.
*<eat name="Sage" alt="" address="Two locations: 2531 Eastbluff (Eastbluff Shopping Center) or 7862 E Coast Hwy (Crystal Cove Promenade)" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sagerestaurant.com/" hours="lunch,dinner" price="lunch $15-$25, dinner $30-$40" lat="" long="">Creative gourmet fare. Excellent service. Quiet surroundings.</eat>
*<eat name="Tradition by Pascal" alt="" address="1000 N. Bristol" directions="" phone="(949) 263 9400 Ext.1" url="http://pascalnpb.com/locations.htm" hours="Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:00pm" price="dinner $30-$40" lat="" long="">Serves lite French cuisine with provençal flair.</eat>
*<eat name="Wild Fish" alt="" address="Macarthur and Bison" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.eddiev.com/" hours="" price="$30-$40" lat="" long="">Perfectly prepared fish and shellfish. A bit noisy. Open for dinner only.</eat>
*<eat name="Wilma's Patio" alt="" address="203 Marine Ave (Balboa Island)" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.wilmaspatio.com/index.htm" hours="" price="breakfast $10" lat="" long="">Family restaurant popular among locals for breakfast on Balboa Island (not the peninsula!), although they also serve lunch and dinner. The wait can be as long as an hour on summer weekend mornings.</eat>
*'''Balboa Saloon''' -- Younger crowd, but never really seems busy
*<drink name="A Restaurant" alt="" address="3334 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663" directions="" phone="(949) 650-6505" url="http://www.arestaurantnb.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Best happy hour in Newport. Rat pack vibe. Just go. </drink>
*<drink name="Mutt Lynch's" alt="" address="2300 W Oceanfront Newport Beach, CA 92663" directions="" phone="(949) 675-1556" url="www.muttlynchs.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A true locals haunt. "A little slice of a California beach community."</drink>
 
==Sleep==
* '''Bay Shores Inn''', 1800 W Balboa Boulevard, 675-3463, Toll-free: (800) 222-6675, Fax: 675-4977. Near the Newport Pier on the Pennisula. $199-$269. Suites: $219-$499
* '''Newport Beach Marriott''', 900 Newport Center Drive, 640-4000, Fax: 640-5055.
* '''Newport Beach Marriott Bayview''', 500 Bayview Circle; 949-854-4500, Fax: 949-854-3937.[http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/npbst-newport-beach-marriott-bayview/]. Bedroom suites each with a step out balcony, living room, and marble bathroom. French doors separate the bedroom from the living room with fold out sofa and second television.
* '''The Balboa Bay Club & Resort''', 1221 Coast Highway; 645-5000,, Toll-free:888-445-7153 e-mail: [email protected] Located on Mariners Mile. Special features: Barber/Beauty Shop on site, Bar/Lounge on site, Restaurant on site, Shops on site, Hot Tub on site, Sauna on site, Fitness Center on site, Bayfront Property, Full Service Spa. $245-$475. Suites: $800-$3000.
* '''The Island Hotel Newport Beach''', 690 Newport Center Drive; 759-0808, Fax: 759-0568. Across from the Fashion Island shopping center and within walking distance of the Orange County Museum of Art. $259-$495. Suites: $475-$495.
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