Splashing about on the Water in Newport Beach

With crystal clear blue waters as far as the eye can see Newport Beach, with the largest small yacht harbour in the world and a number of pristine beaches (voted Best Urban Beach 2011 by Beach Tomato and named as one of the cleanest beaches in the USA) is the ultimate place to splash about in the water!

Newport Beach was homeport to John Wayne and his incredible yacht the Wild Goose, where he spent many an hour cruising around the bays of Newport Beach. Although she started life in active service as a minesweeper during the  World War II the Wild Goose was soon turned into a luxuriously appointed yacht with a tale or two to tale about the glitterati of 50’s and 60’s Hollywood . Today, those who like the pace of life a little slower can hire out this impressive all-wooden boat from Hornblower Cruises and Events.

If you are feeling a little active while in Newport Beach, why don’t you give stand up paddle boarding a go? Stand up paddle boarding in the Hawaiian language Hoe he’e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian Heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing which has re-emerged as a way for surfing enthusiasts to spot the on coming swell.

As its never too early to think about Christmas. Why not plan a Christmas trip to Newport Beach to see the Christmas Boat Parade? The boat parade is the longest-running  holiday boat parade in the United States having first set sail in 1908. The dazzling parade features an flotilla of nearly 100 festively lit and decorated boats, which range from small skiffs and kayaks to enormous multimillion dollar yachts. The colourful, twinkling parade winds its way nearly 14 miles around the harbour to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight.

Why not take advantage of the gorgeous Newport beaches by learning to Surf like the locals at one of the many surf school in Newport Beach. Live your very own “Endless Summer”  with private or semi private surf lessons with wetsuits, boards provided.  For the more experienced surfer there is no greater thrill than The Wedge It’s the toughest bodysurfing spot in the U.S. where large surf breaks close to shore occasionally reaching heights of 20 feet!



A Gondola? In California? Are you sure we are not in Venice? No, we are not having a “senior moment” – in Newport Beach you really can experience the romance and splendour of an Authentic Venetian Gondola!  Newport Beach is home to the oldest and most historic wedding gondola outside of Venice which is also considered to be one of the finest gondolas afloat. Newport Harbour is the only place outside of Italy where you can find multiple gondola companies operating on the same waterway. So whether you are there for a romantic get away or holidaying with the family, why take a gondola around the harbour?

Contributor:  Alexandra Pinhorn

Visit Newport Beach is a client of Magellan PR.  For more information on Newport Beach, please visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/uk or check out the Newport Beach blog; follow them on twitter @NewportBeach or on Facebook/visitnewportbeach.

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