The Newport Dunes in the Back Bay of Newport Beach offers camping, swimming, boat rentals, a marina and a restaurant.
The lower part of Upper Newport Bay is also referred to as the Newport Beach Back Bay. Only smaller boats are allowed here due to the Pacific Coast Highway bridge.
The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina has an RV camping area near its calm swimming lagoon and large private sandy beach. There is a very nice swimming pool and a playground as well.
For a fee, non-campers can enjoy the beach and facilities on a day use basis. The resort also has several cottages for rent if you don’t have your own RV. There is tent camping in the small spaces as long as you don’t use stakes.
Other amenities include a laundromat, fire rings, a mini market and clubhouse. The Marina has a fitness center on the second floor.
On some summer Saturday nights there is a stage with live bands, so you can enjoy a free concert by the bay. A large outdoor screen in another area shows movies. Bring your beach chair or a big blanket!
There are no waves at this beach.
Kids love the floating inflatable structure out on the water. You can swim to it, climb on it, jump on it and soar down the large slide into the bay.
Sailboats, wind surfers, electric boats and kayaks can be rented. Lessons in kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are also available. The hot thing now is stand-up paddleboarding.
If it’s the off-season, these may not be available during weekdays, Call 949-729-3863 to check.
If you bring your own boat, there is a boating launch ramp back by the restaurant. You can rent guest slips at the marina if you have a boat.
The Back Bay Bistro (formerly the Back Bay Cafe) is an indoor/outdoor restaurant with a bar overlooking the water. You can get 2 hours free parking with validation.
This is a great place to hold a family reunion. There is catering service at different pavilions around the bay, where people have weddings and other parties.
The Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, off of Jamboree Rd. near Pacific Coast Highway. Balboa Island is a short drive down Jamboree and over the bridge.
There is more to be discovered in the Newport Back Bay, such as a fabulous natural preserve in the upper Back Bay.
One of the nicest things about the Dunes is its sheltered location. The air and water are often warmer here than at the rest of Newport Harbor and especially at the ocean beaches.