Plan your vacation with this Newport Beach travel information on how to get there by car, plane or boat.
If you are taking a flight to Newport Beach, the nearest airport is John Wayne Orange County Airport in Santa Ana. It is located off of the 405 and 55 freeways, not too far from the 73 toll road.
They have a Ground Transportation Center on the arrival level of the East Parking Structure, across from the terminal. From there you can catch the Airport Bus, hotel courtesy shuttles, commercial shuttles and taxis. They have someone there to help you coordinate your ground transportation from the airport.
Or you can pick up a rental car. The on site rental car companies have counters on the lower level between terminals A and B. Other, offsite car rental companies can pick you up from the airport to take you to their facilities.
If you prefer to take a local bus, the OCTA (or Orange County Transit Authority) stop is across the street on the terminal side.
Luckily, there are several ways to get to Newport Beach. Southern California and Orange County in particular can seem like a total maze of freeways, most of which grind to a halt at rush hour. It's important to have Newport Beach travel options.
Basically, the main approaches to Newport Beach are the following:
From up or down the coast, (Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach), you can take Highway 1 all the way and drive along the coast. Or, you can take the 405 freeway from points north or south and get off at the 55 south, which turns into Newport Blvd and takes you all the way to the peninsula in about 15 minutes.
To get to the piers and beaches, watch for signs and take Balboa Blvd. out along the peninsula. The bay will be to your left and the ocean to the right, within walking distance of one another.
From central Los Angeles, the I-5 will also cross the 55, where you can head south, eventually finding yourself on Newport Boulevard.
If you are heading for Balboa Island, get off at MacArthur near the John Wayne Airport, and stay in the right until you can veer right onto Jamboree. Follow Jamboree a long way, past the Fashion Island shopping center, cross Pacific Coast Highway, and across the bridge onto the island.
For Corona Del Mar you can do the same as above, only stay on MacArthur (don't take Jamboree) all the way to Pacific Coast Highway and you're there.
If traffic is bad, roll down your windows, turn up the music and just enjoy breathing in the Pacific Ocean breezes! Don't worry, you'll get there.
Keep in mind that parking is very difficult near the beach during busy seasons, but there is a fairly large lot down by the Balboa Pier. Metered spaces can be found around the Newport Pier.
If you have your own yacht to sail in on, Newport Beach Harbor is a delightful place to visit with Balboa Island in its midst. The Harbor Department has a guest anchorage located at the first bend on the north side by the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard Base. The Newport Harbor Yacht Club offers reciprocal visiting, as do other yacht clubs in the harbor.
There is a boat launch ramp at the Newport Dunes in the Back Bay, which has the largest marina in Newport Harbor. They have guest slips as well.
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