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Explore the Coastal Beauty that Surrounds Us

Things to do in Newport Beach

Pursue the ultimate in seaside relaxation and ocean recreation at some of California’s most picturesque beaches. Or spend the day at one of the finest small boat harbors in the world, Newport Harbor. Take part in activities along its picturesque waterways, including Duffy boat cruises, dinner cruises, deep-sea fishing and whale watching.

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


Beachcomber Cafe

Nearby Beaches & Harbor

The Crystal Cove Beach Experience
Complimentary coach service, including a beach bag equipped with towels and water from Pelican Hill®, can be scheduled at your convenience.

Crystal Cove Beach
Below the Resort sits one of the most beautiful beaches the West Coast has to offer. Distinguished as a National Natural Landmark, its three miles of pristine beach are excellent for strolling and exploring the many tide pools, as well as a swim, surf or dive into the ocean. The Beachcomber, Bootlegger Bar and Shake Shack are also perfect for a quick bite overlooking the ocean or a sunset drink.

Crystal Cove Historic District
What was a fun escape from city life in the 1920s is now a charming place—and designated Historical Landmark—where cottages line the beach and feature rotating history and art exhibits, as well as a gift shop.

Crystal Cove Bluff-Top Trails
Crystal Cove Beach also features bluff-top trails for jogging, biking, hiking and walking with an incredible view of the Pacific. Picnic tables are also available both by the bluffs and throughout the state park where most of the higher aerial-view jogging, hiking and biking trails begin.

Big Corona
Revel in spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Also known as Corona del Mar Beach, this local spot is perfect for swimming, volleyball or warming up by the fire pits.

Little Corona
Set in Corona del Mar, Little Corona is a secluded inlet that allows for a relaxing and quiet day at the beach.

The Wedge
This legendary Newport Beach locale is the place to catch the biggest waves. Watch the most experienced body surfers test their skills against waves reaching up to 10 feet high, as the current bounces off jetty walls.

Newport Pier
Swimmers and sunbathers flock here for days filled with fun under the sun. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular, and just off the jetty you’ll find a prime surfing location for locals and visitors alike.

Newport Municipal Beach
This five-mile stretch of beach on the Balboa Peninsula boasts a variety of activities, and a walk or ride along the boardwalk is a great way to check out some of the most exclusive real estate in Southern California.

Back Bay Kayak Tours
This tour offers incredible views of stunning waterfront homes and yachts, as well as local sea life and birds. Experienced guides ensure an amazing experience.

Electric Boat Rentals
It’s an ideal way for family, friends or couples to soak up Newport Harbor. Captain your own cruise, and take in iconic sights in a picturesque setting. Bring your favorite tunes and arrange to have catering ready upon your departure for a relaxing cruise.

Surf Lessons
Private surf lessons are offered year-round in Laguna Beach. You can start out with “surfing basics” on the sand, then head into the Pacific with an instructor. Ask our Resort Concierge to arrange your lesson today.

Paddleboard Lessons 
Such a peaceful way to spend a day! You can choose to navigate calm bay waters or try more challenging routes out in the ocean. Instructors will teach you how to paddle properly with the best techniques for your setting.

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

Learn and explore more about historic Crystal Cove State Park


Newport Beach

Excursions & More

Launch into a day of exploration with nearby excursions with a day trip to Catalina Island or a wine experience up to Paso Robles wine region.

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

Wine Country Insider Helicopter Experience
Become a true wine country insider with an exclusive full-day immersion into California’s Paso Robles region at Daou Vineyards & Winery. Available for 4-8 guests, the adventure begins with a morning flight by luxury helicopter, soaring over the scenic Pacific coastline. Touch down on Daou Mountain by mid-day for a cellar tour, barrel tasting and then lunch prepared by Daou’s private estate chef. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely ATV tour, exploring the Central Coast’s highest-elevated vineyard at 2,200 feet. Take in a gorgeous wine country sunset from Daou Mountain before boarding a return flight with a complimentary bottle of estate wine to commemorate an unforgettable journey.
$8,000 per person (inclusive)

Catalina Island Excursion
Spend the day doing whatever interests you. From shopping, dining and relaxing on the beach to scenic island tours, scuba diving and zip lining the island’s terrain, this 22-mile island offers a charming escape filled with fun and California’s rich history.

Sailing and Yacht Charters
Enjoy an exhilarating day on the open seas or relax as you cruise through the harbor. An experienced captain and crew are on board are available to ensure every detail and request has been met.


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.


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.


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 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 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, Marche Moderne, Bear Flag Fish Company or other popular restaurants at the center.


Featuring beautiful architectural details inspired by Andalusia, Spain, Irvine Spectrum Center is an energetic outdoor center featuring more than 160 stores and restaurants including Nordstrom, Apple, 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.


As one of Southern California’s most popular shopping and dining destinations, The Market Place in Tustin and Irvine offers over 135 stores, restaurants, and services in one convenient location. You’ll find your favorite national brands in home furnishings & decor, health & beauty, apparel and so much more. Plus, there are over 50 dining choices to please everyone’s palate; from sips and snacks and fast-casual to full-service restaurants, including Luna Grill, Urban Plates, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, and Texas de Brazil.

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