The neighborhood of Balboa Peninsula is made up of mostly residential real estate with quaint shops, restaurants, and nighttime hotspots celebrating the beachfront lifestyle of California. This community was named after Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the famous Spanish explorer.
You’ll find delightful cottages and vintage homes in Balboa Peninsula which is referred to as “the Peninsula” or “Balboa”. The neighborhood is usually filled with people running, biking, or skating on a paved path. Balboa Peninsula Beach is a stretch of beautiful sand where visitors enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and exploring.
This area is coveted for its undeveloped dunes that are found between West Jetty View Park and Peninsula Park. The crowds tend to be sparser here as tourists venture to the beaches farther north. There is a spectacular surf wave along the rock jetty that is known as West Jetty View Park Beach or The Wedge. You will find ample parking along Ocean Boulevard, Balboa Boulevard, and the Peninsula Park lot.
There are many popular seafood places in this area including Woody’s Wharf and the Crab Cooker. There are also rentals and opportunities to experience boating where visitors can Whale watch or enjoy some of the world’s best sports fishing. The Balboa Fun Zone features a famous Ferris wheel that has been there for over 80 years. You can also enjoy ExplorOcean and the Balboa Island Ferry. Main Street is the home of the historic Balboa Pavilion which supported Big Band greats like Benny Goodman and Count Basie in the 30s and 40s.
There are several private schools including Our lady Queen of Angels, Carden Hall, and Newport Christian School. And public education is provided by The Newport Mesa Unified School District with highly ranked facilities for this area including Newport Elementary School, Horace Ensign Intermediate School, and Newport Harbor High School.
2985 Bear Street, Building A, Building ACosta Mesa, CA 92626-4300
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