Newport Beach encompasses more than eight miles of beautiful beaches that stretch from the Santa Ana River jetty to Crystal Cove State Beach and border Newport Bay. The City’s beaches are popular year-round, but become especially busy during the summer months when up to 100,000 visitors can visit on a hot day. Since Memorial Day weekend marks the “unofficial” start of summer, here are some tips and links to help plan your day at the beach.
All ocean and bay front beaches are open to the public from the hours of 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Crystal Cove State Park beaches close at sunset.
The City of Newport Beach operates numerous parking lots throughout the City. Check out our interactive parking map to view parking options and locations. Most on-street parking near the beach is metered. Please be careful not to park in private parking lots, driveways or spaces without the property owner or manager's permission. For more parking information and rates, please click here.
Portable barbecues are not allowed on any City beaches. Fire rings and public barbecues are available near the Balboa Pier and at Corona del Mar State Beach from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Newport and Balboa Piers are open from 5 a.m. until midnight. Restaurants are located on both piers and their hours may vary. Public restroom facilities are available at the base of both piers.
Wheelchairs that are capable of going on the sand can be obtained at the Newport Pier and in Corona del Mar. The chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. To determine availability, please call 949-644-3178
Beach and water safety is very important when visiting the beach and Newport Beach Lifeguards want everyone to go home safely. For tips and other helpful information, please click here.
Honor Roll Beaches
The City is especially pleased that five local beaches just earned honor roll status on Heal the Bay’s 2012 Beach Report Card:
- Projection of 52nd/53rd Street
- Balboa Beach, The Wedge
- Newport Bay, Onyx Avenue Beach
- Newport Bay, N Street Beach
- Newport Bay, Rocky Point Beach.
The Beach Report Card is based on monitoring conducted by local health agencies and dischargers. Mayor Nancy Gardner said, “We’ve done some great work over time to improve water quality at our beaches – it shows up both in our scores and at the beach, as the kelp grows and closures are few."
For even more information about our beaches, please click here.
We wish you a safe, fun and relaxing day in Newport Beach!