The Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve, or as locals call it, “The Back Bay,” is home to 1,000 acres of preserved wetlands and a handful of endangered species that attract scientists, nature lovers and everyone in between. This sprawling ecological reserve is the ideal place to drop anchor for a day during your spring getaway! Whether you’re kayaking, bird-watching, boating or swimming, you’re sure to have a shell of a time.
1. Get in Touch With Nature
The Back Bay has long been considered one of the most important ecological reserves on the California coast and is a key resource for more than 200 species of migratory birds. Bike or hike along the 10.5-mile Back Bay Loop to visit the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Centerfor exhibits and interactive displays about the unique ecosystem. On this path, you’ll also enjoy sweeping views of the bay’s calm waters!
2. Paddle in Paradise
Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at Newport Aquatic Center or Pirate Coast Paddle Company to get up close to the Back Bay’s aquatic life. SUP yoga, moonlight paddles and glow-in-the-dark paddleboard tours are unique experiences to add to your trip!
3. Fun for the Whole Family
Looking for a kid-friendly place to stay? The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach caters to travelers of all ages with its lush grounds, three pools, outdoor fire pits and an abundance of family-friendly activities. Play a competitive game of shuffleboard, table tennis or volleyball on-property, then rent bikes (they’re free!) and explore the natural beauty of the Back Bay on wheels.
4. Gone Glamping
Up for a more rustic staycation experience? The Back Bay’s Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is a family-friendly resort for all ages. This coastal retreat sits on 100 lush and landscaped acres and houses over 382 oversized RV sites and 24 charming cabins/cottages. Pull up your RV to one of the resort’s beachfront sites or add some glamour to your camping experience by staying in one of their fully-equipped cottages.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger