The Guy's Guide to Newport Beach

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Take a pre-holiday vacation in Newport Beach for good eats, to chill and a thrill.

Newport Beach, CA

Lively and Scenic Newport Harbor

We are on our way into holiday season – that means shopping for presents, plenty of family functions, friend get-togethers, work parties and more! And before the stressful rush arrives, consider taking a guys trip to blow off some steam before the madness begins!

With places like Vegas and Miami either overdone or sending up red flags to your better half, it’s time for something new…Newport Beach, California!

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and a world away from the grind, you’ll find world famous surf breaks, great eats and drinks, R&R, nightlife, outdoor adventure, all within an easy accessible coastal destination

Here’s a list of things to do, make it a weekend – or week!

Hang: Boardwalk pub crawl, Dock & Dine, outdoor adventure

o    Balboa Peninsula is Newport’s hot spot, with a happening boardwalk scene fueled by dive bars. Hit the sand for some R&R, play a game of beach volleyball, or surf the break off 54th street. Also be sure to check out “The Wedge” at the end of the Peninsula - when it’s going off, this bodyboard mecca can have waves reaching up to 30 feet.
o    Golf at one of Newport Beach’s renowned courses. Pelican Hill Golf Club with its course located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, or try Newport Beach Golf Course for a fun and affordable 18 holes.
o    Head to Beach Cigar for a cool cigar lounge vibe.
o    Charter a boat for the day with the guys, and have a guided fishing tour at sea.
o    Rent an easy-ride Duffy Electric Boat and cruise the harbor, bring your own food and drinks on board or dock at a waterfront restaurant.
o     Stand up paddleboard or kayak in lively Newport Harbor

Eat: Cheap Eats, Late Night BBQ, hangover cures

o    Head to Crow Burger Kitchen where you can BYOB (build your own burger), get it “Hangover Style” which includes a fried egg, smoked bacon, and sharp cheddar
o    Hit up Muldoon’s Irish Pub for Guinness Stew and a perfectly poured beer
o    Don’t miss DivBar Smokehouse Barbecue, located on the waterfront at Newport Harbor, for a late-night meal, or delivery to your hotel room or beach house rental.
o    You’ll dig Bear Flag Fish Co. for delicious fresh fish tacos

Drink: Beer flights, Pub Crawls, Local Scenes
o    The mixologists at Tamarind of London – one of the coolest bars in town - will let you sit at the bar and test drinks – and create your own
o    Check out the skeleton bar at Javier’s Grill & Cantina for an array of tequila and margarita selections – and a great local scene
o    Head to SideDoor in Corona del Mar for upscale pub grub and international beer flights
o    Get on your beach cruiser or walk the Newport Beach Pub Crawl, perfect for Sunday Funday: From the schooners at Mutt Lynch’s to the city’s coldest beer at Blackie’s on the Beach, this pub crawl has ocean views and plenty of people watching.

Thrill: Fly Over Newport Beach
o    Head to Jetlev Southwest and learn to fly, run on water or shoot up 30 feet in the air on a water propelled jet pack. We’re not kidding.
o    Have a bird’s eye view of Newport Beach on a helicopter tour to see panoramic views of the coast and sweeping views of the sea

About Visit Newport Beach Inc.
Visit Newport Beach Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)6 destination marketing organization that positions Newport Beach as a premier visitor and conference destination. For more information, go to

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