LA Travel Diary: Newport Beach

If you guys are visiting LA and are looking to spend time by the ocean side, we would highly recommend Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas. We rented a 2-bedroom villa for our stay here, and it was just perfect for our family. Each villa comes with its own kitchen, a dining area, a living room and a bathroom for each bedroom, so we had plenty of space to all have breakfast together and for family game nights. Our favorite part by far were the balconies that opened up to stunning views of the Pacific Coast. This was the perfect spot to catch a California sunset, sipping wine and enjoying the crisp ocean breeze.

The resort was super family friendly, which worked out great for our group of ten. We would start the day with a game of tennis in the mornings, followed by some time in the pool. In the afternoons, we would play volleyball, basketball and miniature golf, and end the evening by roasting marshmallows by the large fire pits. The girls loved being outdoors and having the whole family take part in the activities.

During one of our days in the area, we took a short drive over to Balboa Island. It is a charming little island community, with cute boutiques, beautiful vacation homes, and our favorite feature – frozen bananas! Naturally, our first stop was Dad’s Original Balboa Bar where we picked out our favorite dips and toppings for our frozen bananas. After strolling through the little shops and boutiques, we made an obligatory stop at Starbucks to refuel, and continued our walk along the picturesque boardwalk that wraps around the island to burn off all the calories!!


The houses along the docks are so beautifully designed, we could have easily wondered here all day. Balboa Island boasts one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country, and looking at some of these houses that is not at all surprising. Although, we’re fairly certain that if they ever close down the frozen banana shops on the island, home values in the area will plummet…just saying.

Linking some Newport Beach appropriate styles for your shopping enjoyment!