To some, Newport Beach is synonymous with Fashion Island, the famous 52-year-old mall that attracts shoppers from around the world, including Southern Californians from up and down the coast. To others, it’s a cultural destination, thanks to the presence of both the Orange County Museum of Art and multiple concert series. Those of a certain age may know it best as the world of the popular show “The O.C.”
For me, though, Newport Beach will always be known for its outdoor beauty. It’s the wooded areas in a canyon in the San Joaquin Hills, and the diverse wildlife of Upper Newport Bay. And it’s that feeling I get standing on the sand, looking out at the ocean and smelling the exceptionally clear air. If you’re looking for similar sensations, these Newport Beach hotels and resorts will get you close enough to the ocean to see, hear, and feel it.