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Hello, hello! Back in February, my little family and I traveled to Newport Beach, California. Since this was our second trip to this spot, I wanted to share with you our top five favorite spots in Newport Beach! Drum roll, please….
Just a short drive away, downtown Laguna Beach is the perfect afternoon trip. We loved walking along the oceanfront path at Heisler Park. Get ready for some amazing views of the ocean at this park. This green garden park is located on the bluffs that look overlook the beach and tide pools. After a stroll along the beach, grab a bite to eat at the many rooftop cafes or ice cream shops. Feel just like Lauren Conrad as you stop in the shops along Pacific Coast Highway. I especially loved checking out Cottage Furnishings!
A trip to Newport Beach would not be complete without a visit to the The Resort at Pelican Hill. With architecture inspired by grand Italian Villas, this luxury hotel has a stunning panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Since rooms at the Pelican are a bit out of our price range, we prefer to just stopping by the Pelican Grill to grab lunch and drinks. Here you can still appreciate the amazing views and enjoy the food, all without spending a fortune!
The Newport Beach Pier is an excellent spot to hit up in the late afternoon. At the end of the pier are the local fishermen fishing. At first glance, this seems pretty ordain, but what actually is going on is the fisherman are competing against seals and diving pelicans for the same fish. It’s fascinating to watch. After working up an appetite from walking around, there are plenty of beach bars to choose from to grab a good burger and a beer and enjoy watching the sun set over the water.
Our morning tradition, while in Newport Beach, is waking up before dawn to catch the beautiful sunrise over the beach. You can walk for miles on this quiet, calm and relaxing beach. You might get lucky and sea some sea life hanging out in the tide pools along the water. Walking paths start on the bluffs along the coast. A little advice would be to take shoes with traction. The paths leading to the beach are on a share incline. Walking up and down them can be tough (especially with a stroller).
My favorite thing to do in Newport Beach is to grab brunch at The Beachcomber Cafe. Right after our long walk at the Crystal Cove State Park, we love stopping by this spot for a delicious brunch right on the beach! Our favorites on the menu are the eggs, omelets and pancakes.
Now that I’ve shared our top five spots, check out some of my favorite photos from our vacation. I shot this vacation entirely on Fuji 400 film and my Canon EOS 1 camera! Enjoy!
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