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Life in Newport Beach centers around its expansive harbor, which nearly encircles Balboa Island. As you stroll along its banks, you'll be in awe of the many colorful sailboats and charter boats docked there. You'll pass many yacht clubs along the way as well. The naturally created harbor is a hub of rental activity, so if you're thinking of renting a boat for the day, it's the place to go. Sightseeing boats and excursions like sunset tours also leave from this area.

Throughout the year, the harbor plays host to many marine events, including the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, which occurs annually in late April and draws hundreds of spectators from all over Southern California and beyond.

The harbor is lined with restaurants, making it a great choice for both casual and fine dining. Previous visitors enjoyed the food and atmosphere at the Bluewater Grill, saying it's a must-try for the variety of seafood options – especially the oysters and scallops. Fine dining options include Waterline – which received rave reviews for its customer service and brunch options – as well as The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, which serves everything from lobster rolls to sushi.

The harbor area gives visitors access to the beach, as well as fishing docks, picnic tables, volleyball courts and public restrooms. The harbor doesn't have specific hours, so you're free to visit and soak up the scenery at any time of day. You may find street parking on the roads perpendicular to the harbor. There are also parking lots scattered around the area. For more information on this attraction, visit the tourism website.

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