If you prefer a motorized boat, that’s fine, too; it’s your vacation. Start your day with a stroll around the man-made, yet super charming Balboa Island. Part of Newport Beach, Balboa Island is sprinkled with delightful homes and cottages, with boats parking on the bay and just big enough so you can walk around it in less than 20 minutes. Grab a few pastries from the Blue Chair Bakery
and juice from Juice Crafters
, located next to each other the Marine Avenue. Have a seat at one of the many benches and watch a neighborhood wake up. Balboa Island might be small, but definitely not short on food and shopping opportunities. The Marine Avenue is home to almost 75 businesses on only three blocks. From clothes to home decor, tattoos shop, restaurants, and bars, there is everything you need. Even if you just had breakfast, treat yourself to a chocolate covered frozen banana tossed in everything from Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop
. Get the everything topping, it’s the best, believe me. Savor your treat while you walk along the beach promenade, have a seat on the beach and peek into the many streets to pick your favorite home. Walk over to the Balboa Fun Zone, an adorable, old-school boardwalk amusement park with cotton candy, Ferris wheel and salt water taffy shops included.