Longer days and warmer temps can only mean one thing: spring is officially here! And there’s no better time to start planning a (much-needed) spring vacation. Whether you’re looking to stick your toes in the sand, embark on a new adventure or upgrade your wardrobe with some retail therapy, Newport Beach is the place to be. With everything from al fresco dining destinations and dreamy staycation spots to a variety of family-friendly activities, this sunny city is a visitor’s (and local’s) paradise. Below is the ultimate Newport Beach spring break guide that’ll make you want to throw on your swimsuit and soak up the SoCal sun!
Al Fresco Eats
Newport Beach is home to a superb selection of seaside restaurants that can satisfy any appetite. From Tavern House (known for its fresh seafood and towering Bloody Marys) to Malibu Farm (a popular Lido brunch spot), the options are endless. If you’re looking for a fast-casual spot for the family, Ruby’s Shake Shack in Crystal Cove serves up delicious burgers, fries and creamy milkshakes. Bear Flag Fish Co. also houses a location in Crystal Cove (and on the Balboa Peninsula) and offers a premium selection of seafood, such as sushi rolls, ahi poke burritos, fish tacos, ceviche and more.
Shop & Stroll
With spring in full swing, it’s time to hang up those sweaters and slip into some chic, warm-weather apparel. Head to Lido Marina Village for a day of shopping! This quaint seaside center is home to a slew of swoon-worthy boutiques and specialty shops that’ll have your wardrobe upgraded in no time. Stop by LoveShackFancy for flirty floral dresses, Cos Bar for a bounty of beauty essentials, Eberjey for cozy loungewear and Warby Parker for some sleek new shades.
If you’re looking to make it a full day of shopping, Newport Beach’s Fashion Island is a sprawling outdoor lifestyle center with fun for the whole family. From name-brand stores like Bloomingdale’s, Lucky Brand, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more to fast-casual and sit-down restaurants like Wahoo’s, Five Guys, The Cheesecake Factory and Yard House, you and your crew will never run out of things to do. Don’t forget to take the kiddos to see the famous koi pond located outside of Fashion Island’s Atrium Court!
Make the most of your spring vacay with an outdoor adventure! Newport Beach offers a variety of fun activities, including whale watching trips, surf lessons, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and more. If you prefer to be on the water instead of in the water, reserve your very own electric boat from one of Newport Beach’s many rental companies, and enjoy a day on the bay. And when the kids get antsy, head on over to the Balboa Fun Zone—a kid-friendly amusement area on the Balboa Peninsula with a Ferris wheel, old-school arcade and nautical museum!
Is it even a vacation without luxury lodging? They call it a get-away for a reason! If you’re visiting from out of town, be sure to take advantage of Newport’s assortment of gorgeous hotels and resorts. Lido House (nestled on Lido Isle) offers a quaint yet upscale beach house experience, while Balboa Bay Resort presents guests with sumptuous bayfront accommodations. For those looking for an ultra-luxe escape with spacious accommodations, The Resort at Pelican Hill is a ravishing resort perched on 504 acres of breathtaking coastline. Choose between residential-style bungalows or two-, three- or four-bedroom villas.
For more affordable yet equally comfortable accommodations, book your stay at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa or Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. These hotels feature family-friendly rooms, pristine pools and easy access to the city’s best beaches and attractions.