Get Outdoors in Newport Beach
Planning a fall vacation? Consider visiting California’s Newport Coast, where the temperate climate mingles with charming coastlines. From nautical excursions to land activities speckled with native wildlife, Newport Beach promises a relaxing, nature-forward escape.
GET ACTIVE ON LAND
The temperate Southern California climate lends itself to a day spent outdoors. Hike at Crystal Cove State Park, where three miles of coastal bluffs and tide pools are home to sea urchins and starfish. This stretch of cliffs and a beachfront cove are nestled between the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach. Get there fast: A complimentary shuttle is available from Marriott’s Newport Coast® Villas to the beach at Crystal Cove State Park.
For a lower-impact exercise, you can walk, bike and jog at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, a 3.5-mile leisure loop along the scenic Back Bay. Due to the diverse and endangered wildlife that call Upper Newport Bay home, it’s considered a “critical estuary” habitat — one of the most pristine remaining estuaries in Southern California.
EMBRACE THE WATER
Feeling nautical so close to the ocean? Spend a day cruising Newport Harbor on a rented Duffy boat. These electric boats invoke a sense of glamour from the past and allow for a relaxing afternoon on the water.
You can also spend a few hours on a paddle board or kayak rental, available both by day — or with glow-in-the-dark boards at night. No matter which time you choose, you’ll be able to view the serene wetland wildlife.
If you’re traveling with family, embark on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise through Activities powered by PlacePass, complete with stops at Balboa Pier and the Balboa Fun Zone.
APPRECIATE LOCAL GREENERY AND ART
Three distinct gardens lie within a one-mile radius of Newport Beach. The Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park offers over a mile of walking trails around the city’s largest display of public art. To see seasonal flowers and decorative tiled fountains, head to Sherman Library & Gardens, where 2.2 miles of gardens are set among patios and a conservatory linked by brick walkways.
If you’re looking to take home outdoor inspiration, head to Roger’s Gardens, a family-owned business filled with flowering plants, fountains and authentic Italian pottery to turn your home into a garden oasis.
STAY NEARBY IN A SPACIOUS VILLA
Set on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas offers plenty of space in 2-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers in each villa, allowing you and your family to unpack and spread out during your California vacation.
- Points and Enrolled Owners may use Vacation Club Points to reserve any number of nights at Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas.
- If Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas is your home resort, you can make a reservation within your season.
- If you are a Marriott Vacation Club® Weeks Owner, you can use your Week(s) to place an exchange request with Interval International® for a stay Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas.
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