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Old 03-11-2008, 02:38 AM
 
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I've always heard about the "fabulousness" of Newport Beach but honestly I'm having trouble finding it. I've walked around Balboa Pier and the surrounding areas and I was a little disappointed. IMHO the Rubys on the Huntington pier is nicer and the shops along the beach seem like they could use a revamp or something. I will admit that Fashion Island is nice but the Spectrum is a pretty close second in the shopping department. Is there some other really nice part to it (beach, shopping, etc)? Corona Del Mar seems reasonably nice but I haven't spent alot of time there yet but the beaches in Dana Point and Laguna kill anything that I've seen in NB. I'm only asking this because I don't want to miss out on anything (I only have 10 days left on my trip). Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Crystal Cove has a nice quiet strand of beach
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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If you are into nature you could walk some trails along the "Back Bay" in Newport Beach. Take a camera and take some pictures of the birds, wildlife and vegetation along the trail. Then you could post the pictures on here (please, please, please) for all of us to see and enjoy.

OCParks.com: Upper Newport Bay

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Old 03-11-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: West LA
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Take the ferry from Balboa Pier area to Balboa Island.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Newport is disappointing. Your eyes are not fooling you.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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You cannot get into the really nice parts. Only the elite are allowed.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:44 PM
 
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You cannot get into the really nice parts. Only the elite are allowed.
There are no elite parts outside Newport Coast. Its just a bunch of dumpy apartments, duplexes, and small homes.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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If you are into nature you could walk some trails along the "Back Bay" in Newport Beach. Take a camera and take some pictures of the birds, wildlife and vegetation along the trail. Then you could post the pictures on here (please, please, please) for all of us to see and enjoy.

OCParks.com: Upper Newport Bay
There is a 22-mile "Mountains to Sea" trail you can ride. It's really incredible, and an easy ride.

More info:
Irvine Ranch Wildlands and Parks (http://www.irvineranchlandreserve.org/mountains_map.asp - broken link)
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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Do you do the Mountain to Sea trail by horseback, or bike or? Can you rent horses at the Irvine end?
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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Do you do the Mountain to Sea trail by horseback, or bike or? Can you rent horses at the Irvine end?

Typically by bike. Although I belive horses are allowed on it. Toward the Irvine end, I saw more and more horses, but no where to rent them. I couldn't go into the moutains because I have a city bike (A Townie).
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