Goodbye 2022, and hello 2023! The new year is here, which brings a fresh start and new opportunities. So in honor of the new year, we’ve pieced together the ultimate 2023 Newport Beach bucket list! From activities like boating and tide-pooling to new places to stay and dine, let this list be your guide to exploring the best of Newport Beach this year.
Here are 23 things to do in Newport Beach in 2023—happy new year!
Rent an Electric Boat
Home to more water than land, it’s no shock that boating is one of the most popular activities in Newport Beach. Hop aboard your very own electric boat this year and enjoy some time on the harbor!
Stay at VEA Newport Beach
Boasting ocean views and located in the center of it all, VEA Newport Beach is a must-stay this year. Whether you’re planning a staycation with your sweetheart or a trip with family and friends, this sleek, newly remodeled hotel is shore to please.
Day Trip to Catalina Island
For a day of adventure, hop aboard Newport Beach’s Catalina Flyer and spend a day on the quaint and charming Catalina Island. Set your watch to island time and get ready to explore sandy beaches, hiking trails and coves.
At the end of Buck Gully, a ravine in Corona del Mar, lies Little Corona—a beach known for its tide pools and rocky reefs. Spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant marine life, and check the tide schedule before you go.
Dine at A Crystal Cove
A nod to old Hollywood, A Crystal Cove is an elegant beachside hideaway that recently joined the Newport Beach neighborhood. Make a reservation to see what this all-new, modern American restaurant is all about.
Visit the Neiman Marcus Digital Style Labs
Kickstart your year with a little retail therapy at Fashion Island! Stop by Neiman Marcus’ all-new Digital Style Labs for everything from styling tips to closet refreshes—your personalized shopping experience awaits!
Attend the Newport Beach Film Festival
The Newport Beach Film Festival is back and set to take place in October of 2023. Come celebrate the cinematic works of renowned filmmakers at this week-long event!
Go Whale Watching
Ranked as one of the top activities in SoCal, Newport Beach whale watching tours are a fun way to catch a glimpse of these ocean creatures up close. Both Newport Landing and Newport Coastal Adventure offer tours, and grey whales are often spotted between the months of December and April.
Spend a Day on Balboa Island
Full of charm and character, Balboa Island is the perfect place to spend a day! This historic enclave of Newport Beach is home to all kinds of quaint shops and restaurants. Stroll down Marine Avenue and soak in a salty breeze.
Watch the Surfers at The Wedge
With its barreling pyramid-shaped waves, The Wedge is the ultimate spot to see the saltwater savants do their thing. Snag a spot on the sand and watch the crashing waves roll in—they can reach up to 20 feet tall!
Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Balboa Fun Zone
Known for its time-honored history and retro aesthetic, the Balboa Fun Zone offers entertainment for people of all ages. Take a ride on the colorful Ferris wheel as you revel in views of the sparkling harbor from above.
Golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club
Up for a little tee time? Practice your swing with an ocean view at the beautiful Pelican Hill Golf Club. This championship course features 36 holes and breathtaking scenery, making a round here the perfect gift-to-self this year.
Explore the Neighborhood of Westcliff
Westcliff is sometimes overlooked; however, it’s one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Newport Beach. This enclave is rich in outdoor adventures paired with chic shopping experiences. Check out our guide to Westcliff here!
Camp at Newport Dunes
If fresh air, peaceful waters and wildlife sounds like your ideal scenario, unwind with a camping trip at Newport Dunes. This waterfront resort sits on the edge of the Back bay and offers both cottages for rent and RV camping.
Explore the City in a Moke
Stylize your ride with a Newport Beach Moke Rental! These colorful electric cars are street-legal and can reach a top speed of 25 mph. Cruise down the Balboa Peninsula as everyone admires your cute mini car!
For a rush of adrenaline, soar to new heights with a parasailing adventure! Balboa Parasail offers an experience you won’t forget, featuring panoramic views of the Newport Beach coast. Strap in as you float to 800 feet!
Embark on a SUP Glow Tour
Glow with the flow this year—Pirate Coast Paddle Company features nighttime SUP Glow tours through the Back Bay. Each board is equipped with waterproof LED lights that illuminate the ocean below. These tours are seasonal, so be sure to check for availability here.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
When it comes to relaxation, Newport Beach knows best. Enjoy some “you” time this year with a rejuvenating day at one of the city’s world-class spas! We love The Spa at Pelican Hill, Lemon and Honey Day Spa and The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort.
Visit the Corona del Mar Farmers Market
Shop for fresh produce and locally made goods at the Corona del Mar Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Situated at the intersection of Marguerite and PCH, this open-air market is a must-visit!
Shop at Lido Marina Village
For a seaside shopping experience like no other, spend an afternoon perusing the chic stores at Lido Marina Village. This quaint center is chock-full of boutiques, designer labels, salons, restaurants and more.
Take a Surf Lesson
Rent Electric Bikes
Cruise around town on your very own electric bike! Pedego on the Balboa Peninsula has a collection of bikes that can be rented for a half day or full day, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore.
Take a Gondola Ride
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger