Newport Beach Area Activities

Located near some of Southern California’s most coveted activities, the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach is the perfect place to launch into a day of exploration.  From a variety of pristine beaches, water activities and premier shopping nearby to art galleries and theatrical performances taking place all-year round, you are free to create an itinerary tailored to your interests.



Pursue the ultimate in seaside relaxation and ocean recreation, from surf lessons and paddle boarding to kayaking and biking, along the coast of Southern California. For additional information or to make arrangements, we invite you contact the Resort Concierge by phone at 855.315.8214 or by email at

Surf Lessons
Start with “surfing basics” on the sand and then head into the Pacific with an instructor along with a wetsuit and soft foam board.

Stand-up Paddle Board Lessons
A relaxing yet invigorating way to see the ocean and coastline while getting a great workout. Instructors will teach you how to paddle out past the break and introduce you to paddling techniques.

Sea Lion Eco-Kayak Tour
Begin with “kayaking basics” on the beach and then into the ocean to paddle along the Laguna Beach coastline to explore coves, tidepools, sea lion sanctuaries and seal rockeries with a personal guide.

Crystal Cove Bike Tours
Departing from the Resort, this fun filled bike tour rides along the coastal bluff and offers breathtaking views of the Pelican Hill golf course and native wilderness. The tour also stops at the historical Crystal Cove cottages and Shake Shack and visits the tidepools along the beach.

To arrange, please contact 855.315.8214.



One of the finest small boat harbors in the world, Newport Harbor offers activities along its picturesque waterways, including Duffy boat cruises, dinner cruises, deep-sea fishing and whale watching.

Duffy Boats
A fun way for family, friends or couples to soak up Newport Harbor. Enjoy guided tours, be dropped off at one of Newport’s popular restaurants or experience the harbor as the captain of your electric Duffy boat. For boat rental information visit

Whale & Dolphin Watching
The warm waters of the coastal Pacific are flourishing with whales, dolphins and other sea mammals. Join this exciting tour for an unforgettable experience.

Deep Sea Fishing
For novice and seasoned fishing enthusiasts alike, this trip provides the perfect opportunity to reel in fish off of the coast of Newport Beach along with a skilled crew to provide instruction, a full galley and equipment rentals.

Catalina Island Excursions
Board a high speed boat and arrive in Catalina in about an hour. Enjoy the island’s scenic tours or the shops and restaurants in Avalon.

Enjoy an exhilarating day on the open sea or relax as you cruise through the harbor. An experienced captain and crew are on board to ensure every detail is taken care of.

For additional information or to make arrangements, we invite you contact the Resort Concierge by phone at 855.315.8214 or by email at


Southern California is synonymous with great shopping and style. Pelican Hill® features four Resort boutiques, teeming with luxe products to delight the most discerning shoppers. In addition, nearby shopping beckons visitors and locals alike with department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Exclusive boutiques offering the latest in designer fashions, one-of-a-kind jewelry stores and much more await shoppers at the beautiful outdoor shopping centers that surround Pelican Hill. Stroll the paseos, enjoy the splashing fountains and ocean breezes, and experience the best in local shopping and dining.

Resort Shops Resort Shops

Resort Shops

Allegra® Located next to The Spa at the main entrance of the Resort, Allegra carries top designers that infuse that fresh California style into your wardrobe. You’ll find new favorites to wear for any occasion, be it a day at the beach or an alfresco dinner under the stars.

Golf Shop Located in The Pelican Hill Golf Clubhouse, the Golf Shop has selections of preferred name golf apparel, headwear, accessories, equipment and gifts. We carry the latest and best products from the most famous names in golf.

Newsstand & Gifts Browse a selection of everyday necessities and exclusive Pelican Hill® mementos at Newsstand & Gifts, conveniently located in the Concierge area adjacent to Caffè.

Spa Boutique Take the spa experience home with a collection of well-respected skincare and cosmetic lines in addition to signature products produced exclusively for the Resort. There is also a distinctive selection of gifts, books and apparel.

Fashion Island Fashion Island

Fashion Island

In the heart of Newport Beach is Fashion Island®, offering unique shopping and dining in a beautiful open-air atmosphere. Fashion Island is Southern California’s premier coastal shopping destination with an ocean view and nearly 200 stores, including Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and numerous exclusive boutiques, as well as many casual and fine dining restaurants. Some of the popular dining destinations include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and True Food Kitchen. ~

Corona Del Mar Plaza Corona Del Mar Plaza

Corona Del Mar Plaza

Corona del Mar Plaza is located on scenic Pacific Coast Highway and provides a beautiful outdoor getaway of shopping, dining, gourmet food stores and more. The upscale coastal center features a unique selection of one of-a-kind boutiques, well-known favorite stores and restaurants with relaxed patio dining, including Gulfstream and Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille. There are also gourmet delights such as Bristol Farms, Jack’s Surfboards and Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream. ~

Crystal Cove Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove Shopping Center features a unique collection of exclusive designer boutiques, well-known retailers, fine home furnishings and distinctive dining – all with a stunning ocean view. Spend the day shopping the open-air center, then take in the ocean as the sun sets over the horizon from Mastro’s Ocean Club, Javier’s, Tamarind of London, Bear Flag Fish Company or other popular restaurants at the center. ~

Irvine Spectrum Irvine Spectrum

Irvine Spectrum

Featuring beautiful architectural details inspired by Andalusia, Spain, Irvine Spectrum Center is an energetic outdoor center featuring more than 130 stores and restaurants including Nordstrom, Macy’s, H&M and numerous others. The center is renowned for its wide variety of boutiques, as well as restaurants, an Improv, one of Southern California’s largest movie complexes and a giant 108′ Ferris Wheel. ~

The Market Place The Market Place

The Market Place

One of Southern California’s most popular shopping and dining destinations, The Market Place offers something for everyone. The center offers popular national stores, as well as the best names in home electronics and more. There is also an array of dining options, including the popular Taco Rosa, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, The Lazy Dog Cafe and Opah complete with a movie theater. ~


Art Festivals

Sawdust Art Festival ~ 
Pageant of the Masters ~
Art-A-Fair Festival ~

Theaters & Museums

Irvine Barclay Theater ~
Performing Arts Center ~
Orange County Museum of Art ~
Laguna Art Museum ~
The Irvine Museum ~
Laguna Playhouse ~
Pacific Symphony ~
Improv ~