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About Balboa Pier Beach in Newport Beach, California

The beach at Newport Beach’s Balboa Pier is a popular place with miles of sand for soaking in the sun. After the sun is gone fire rings are provided for bonfires well into the evening. Walking out onto the fishing pier is a must for the views of the beach and all of Balboa Peninsula and for watching sunsets.

The path made up of Newport Balboa Bike Trail and Ocean Front Walk lines the back of the beach and connects Balboa Pier to Newport Pier almost two miles away. This paved path is open and ideal for biking, skating, walking and jogging.

There is still a Ruby’s Diner restaurant at the end of Balboa Pier, and in fact, it was the first one ever opened on December 7th 1982. This is one of the last Ruby’s Diners left and if you haven’t been to one before you should try it out (open daily 8am to 8pm). There are many more eateries nearby on Balboa Boulevard and Main Street.

Balboa Peninsula Park is a few steps away south of the pier with grass for a picnic or for tossing a Frisbee. Picnic tables are provided and are not far from the beach. South of the park is an open area of dunes and a long sandy beach known as Balboa Peninsula Beach.

Parking at the pier is abundant with a large paved lot literally built right on the beach. The one-way entrance to the lot is at the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Palm Street. Fees for parking are by the hour with an all-day rate in the $30-40 range depending on the season or high demand holidays.

707 E Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Park Name
Balboa Peninsula Park
City Beach
Pet Details
Leashed dogs allowed on the beach before 10am and after 4:30pm, but not between those hours. No dogs allowed on the pier.
Large paid parking lots near the pier
Surfing, Fishing, Biking, Skating, Running, Walking, Sunbathing, Beach Walking, Parasailing, Bonfires
Fishing Pier, Lifeguards, Fire Pits, Grass Park, Restrooms, Paved Bike Path, Picnic Tables, Gazebo, Playground, Restaurants
Map of Balboa Pier Beach
Newport Beach, US
5:37 am, May 28, 2024
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Sunrise: 5:43 am
Sunset: 7:54 pm
Humidity 90 %
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1 review(s)
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February 28, 2024

If you haven’t been to Newport before the piers are a good place to start. You can walk from Balboa to the Newport Pier on the bike path, but watch out for bikes. The speed limit is 8mph but some go faster.

Julie M