Where to Eat, Stay and Play in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach offers a plethora of ways to have fun under the sun


The Resort at Pelican Hill

For the most splurge-worthy, A-lister experience, book a bungalow at The Resort at Pelican Hill or opt for one of Pelican’s 128 two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas. The picturesque property is set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean, offering breathtaking coastal views and impeccable five-star service. Amenities include its rejuvenating spa, world-class restaurants, iconic Coliseum Pool, and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, The Resort at Pelican Hill is the ultimate go-to for all your needs, perfect for recharging from 2020 and renewing in 2021. 22701 S. Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, 855-315-8214, pelicanhill.com


Malibu Farm Lido

On the waterfront in Lido Marina Village, Malibu Farm offers delicious meals with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Founder and chef Helene Henderson ensures the menu is chockful of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options including vegan coconut curry, vegetable paella, and cauliflower crust pizza. The dedicated carnivore will find solace in savory favorites like the Lido Burger or Soy Ginger Skirt Steak. 3420 Via Oporto, Ste. 101, Newport Beach, 949-791-2096, malibu-farm.com

Marché Moderne

While flying to France may not be in the plans for Spring 2021, fine dining restaurant Marché Moderne brings a taste of the cuisine to the Newport Coast, featuring classic French cooking techniques with modern touches. Helmed by chef-owners (and husband-wife) duo Florent and Amelia Marneau, the restaurant offers an expansive menu of modern and rustic French cuisine in a sophisticated and relaxed environment. 7862 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714-434-7900, marchemoderne.net


Newport Beach Boat Rentals

Located in the heart of the historic Balboa Fun Zone waterfront, Newport Beach Boat Rentals is home to Newport Harbor’s largest and most diversified rental fleet. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely Duffy boat cruiser, a speedy runabout, or for those looking to really join in the action: a paddleboard or kayak. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 714-263-3911, oceanquestoc.org

Balboa Island Museum

For those seeking an educational adventure, the Balboa Island Museum has an array of exhibits related to the history of Newport Beach and Balboa Island, as well as lots of learning opportunities and a museum store stocked with nautical paraphernalia. General admission is free, but the nonprofit organization gladly welcomes cash donations. 210 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, 949-675-3952, balboaislandmuseum.org


Lido Marina Village

While many are familiar with Newport’s Fashion Island, for a more relaxing shopping experience (yet no less luxe), Lido Marina Village offers a relaxed waterfront complex of boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Lido’s boutiques include fashion-forward brands like Jenni Kayne, Clare V., and LoveShackFancy, as well as beauty and wellness-focused shops Aesop and Le Labo. For coastal-inspired décor visit Serena & Lily, while those seeking a more laid-back California vibe can check out interior designer hotshot Amber Lewis’ newly opened Shoppe Amber Interiors. 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, lidomarinavillage.com

 Editor’s Note: Some locations may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

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