Funky, fresh, and oh-so fun, Newport Beach in southern California is an absolute must-see.
Located on the coast of southern California between Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, Newport Beach is one of the most beautiful ocean towns I have ever visited. While it, and most of southern California, is known for its upscale dining and shopping, the real charm of Newport Beach lies along the coast.
I have been to southern California before, but I have only driven through Newport Beach, never actually stopped. When I was there in 2019, I saw L.A., San Diego, Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills, and Malibu. Let me just say- these places have got nothing on Newport Beach. I had a blast seeing what there is to see in Newport when I was there to meet my college roommate. Let’s just say, her hometown might win over mine. It was so much fun meeting new friends, trying new restaurants, and even a spending the day on the harbor. I was lucky enough to live life with the locals for a few days, but if you aren’t fortunate enough to know any California natives and you just want to visit the “Golden State”, here are some things you must to make the time to do.
Nobu Newport Beach
3450 Via Oporto Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663
First stop — NOBU!! There is no better occasion to spend a hundred dollars on sushi than when in California. Feeling boujee starts with eating boujee. If you’re willing to drop a dime on a Japanese finger-food feast, you have to go to Nobu in Newport Beach. If you have ever been to California before, you have probably seen the iconic Nobu in Malibu while cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. How lucky are you, Cali, you have four Nobu restaurants (Malibu, Newport Beach, Los Angeles & San Diego)! Most states unfortunately have zero Nobu restaurants. If you go to southern California anytime soon, check it off the bucket list and make a reservation at one of these Nobu restaurants before you go.
The food choices at Nobu are truly something else, and I guarantee you, no matter what type of eater you are, you will find something that you enjoy here. Being so close to the water, Nobu has many seafood items to choose from, such as fresh sushi, shrimp, lobster, and even steak. They offer both hot and cold dishes, a list of “Nobu classics”, and different types of fish tacos, soups, and salads. Of course — I came for the sushi. I am lucky that my entire immediate family loves sushi, so we eat a lot of it. I have heard many of my friends and local Californians rave about Nobu, and I knew it was something that I had to check off my bucket list. There are different sushi and sashimi rolls you can choose from, but you really can’t go wrong with what you order. Everything is prepared delicately, beautifully, and fresh to order. Although it is a little but pricey, visiting California is a special occasion worth spending.
Cruising the harbor was such a treat! I was able to enjoy the sunshine and ride on a boat with some friends to the Lido Marina to get a late afternoon lunch.
We called to pre-order lunch so we wouldn’t have to wait in line and took it to-go to eat on the boat. I ate at Bear Flag Fish Co. and had an Ahi Tuna poke bowl. It was amazing and obviously so fresh since it is so close to the ocean!
Lido Marina Village
Lido Marina is a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor shopping center and restaurant area. There were so many adorable and delicious-looking restaurants to choose from, and it was impossible to pick just one. Nobu is located in Lido, and we ate there on the first night. After that, we walked over to Malibu Farm to get ice cream. The style of the street reminded me of something like downtown Rosemary/Seaside, FL or the Avalon shopping center in Alpharetta, GA.
Much like the Sunset Cliffs National Park in San Diego, CA, Inspiration Point is a cliff located in a neighborhood overlooking the ocean and Newport Beach. The view was truly breathtaking and I could have stayed there all day. There were many people picnicing and sitting around eating, and it is beautiful at sunset.