With chic hotels, trendy shopping areas and pristine beaches, Newport Beach exudes elegance and sophistication. Committed to offering both its residents and visitors a quality experience, Newport Beach has invested more than $125 million in recent renovations across the city. Whether for business or leisure, guests can rest assured that they'll find the best of the best in Newport Beach's attractions, restaurants and, of course, meeting facilities.
Newport Beach's convention hotels are among the best in the region. In fact, within the last six years, all of the city's eight full-service hotels have undergone renovations and upgrades. Top meetings venues in Newport Beach include the 440-room Fairmont Newport Beach, the 160-room Balboa Bay Club & Resort (on the Newport Bay waterfront), the 532-room Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and the 403-room Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
Spanning 40 square miles of Pacific coastline, it's no surprise that Newport Beach is home to several scenic settings that serve as inspiring spots for social events, meetings, luncheons and more. Oceanfront restaurants, golf clubs and private yachts are among the memorable options. Enjoy contemporary cuisine and professional service at restaurants such as Bayside, 21 Oceanfront and The Cannery, all of which offer private dining facilities. Explore the Southern California waters aboard one of American Yacht Charters prestigious vessels, which can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 500 people. Or, enjoy the Newport Beach area by land at the Sherman Library & Gardens, whose various botanical collections provide a scenic backdrop for events of up to 250 guests.
Perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of Newport Beach's amazing range of facilities is ease of access. Newport Beach is the only coastal city in Orange County with direct access to John Wayne Airport, which offers non-stop service to over 15 destinations. Additionally, major hub
Los Angeles International Airport, ranked 5th in the world for passenger traffic, is located just an hour away.
Newport Beach is home to prominent companies such as the Pacific Investment Management Company, which runs the world's largest bond fund. Tourism also plays an important part in its economy. Additionally, the city is notable for its role as a backdrop to many popular television series and movies, including Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of Orange County, The OC, and Arrested Development.
Newport Beach is a thriving residential and vacation community built on leisure, natural beauty and sophistication. The city is comprised of nine distinct neighborhoods, each of which brings their own unique culture and charm to the area. Multimillion-dollar mansions and historic homes, fine dining establishments and seaside snack shacks, and high fashion shops and eclectic boutiques are among the diverse options that create the California cool vibe for which Newport Beach is known. With all it has to offer, it's no surprise that Newport Beach was named one of the top 10 resort towns in the nation by AOL Travel.
As the name implies, one of the area's most popular attractions is the beach itself. With nine miles of coastline, Newport Beach is home to great spots such as Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park, the shooting location of the popular 1988 film Beaches. In addition to its three snorkel-friendly beaches, Crystal Cove features a unique historic district that's been restored and furbished with period décor. For a real ocean thrill, guests can head to south on Balboa Island to see The Wedge, one of the most famous waves in California, if not the country. These incredible waves make the spot a bodysurfing hotspot, though guests can easily stay out of danger by watching from the safety West Jetty View Park.
Newport Beach offers plenty of chances for outdoor play back on land as well. Hit the links at one of the area's picturesque golf courses, or rent a Segway or Vespa and enjoy a ride along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Newport Beach also offers plenty of opportunities for guests to enjoy a competitive sport of an entirely different nature: shopping. Stop by Fashion Island, home to over 200 specialty shops and boutiques, or pick up authentic surfwear and fun souvenirs at the unique shops lining the Boardwalk at Newport Pier.
After a day in the sun, visitors can kick back with a relaxing meal at one of Newport Beach's more than 300 diverse eateries. Restaurants such as the Crab Cooker and The Cannery guarantee the freshest Pacific-caught seafood, while French, Asian and Mexican specialties can be found at establishments such as Bistro Le Crillon, Fuji Yama and SOL Cocina. Make sure to cap off any meal with a cool, creamy Balboa Bar. Originating at Newport Beach's Balboa Island, this vanilla ice cream bar is dipped in chocolate and covered in any number of toppings is the specialty at many shops along the island's Marine Street, including Dad's Donuts and Sugar ‘n Spice.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Newport Beach boasts a pleasant Mediterranean climate, as the Pacific Ocean warms the area's winter temperatures and cools the summer temperatures. Newport Beach has a year-round average temperature of 75°F. August and September are typically the warmest months, with an average high of 73°F, while December and January are the coldest months, with an average low of 48°F.
Newport Beach experiences an average 12 inches of rain per year, with most falling in January and February. The best time to visit Newport Beach is – anytime! The area's classic Southern California weather is enjoyable all year round.
Fairmont Newport Beach
Known as one of the most premier meeting venues in Orange County, the Fairmont Newport Beach is a complete luxury hotel experience. Meeting venues range from ballrooms to a beautiful glassed-in Orchid Terrace, opening up to lush gardens and fountains. All meeting spaces feature cutting-edge audio-visual technology and video conferencing capabilities. The hotel is home to 440 luxury guest rooms, as well as such amenities as a large outdoor heated pool and sundeck with lounge chairs and private cabanas, the bambu Restaurant and Lounge and a sprawling, full-service spa.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Located in the heart of Newport Beach, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach spans 26 acres of beautiful grounds. The sprawling 403-room hotel, offers a number of amenities through which guests can enjoy the southern California sun, including three sparkling pools, 16 tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course. The hotel features a total of 26,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space, adorned by tropical garden settings and French windows. Business travelers can take advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport. The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is home to California cuisine hotspot Sol, as well as the Sandbar Lounge, complete with an outdoor fire pit and cozy furniture.
Newport Beach Marriott Bayview
The sparkling Newport Beach Marriott Bayview is a boutique-style hotel that overlooks the Newport Upper Back Bay Natural Preserve. Bursting with color and style, the hotel is celebrated for its intimate, sophisticated setting. Meeting participants enjoy the hotel’s 3,200 square feet of event space, including an outdoor courtyard, as well as such meeting amenities as expert audio-visual and catering services and a 24-hour business center. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool and onsite dining.
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
The sleek, beautiful Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa recently completed a $70 million transformation – and it shows, from its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the resort-like tropical gardens to its spacious outdoor terrace. The Balboa Island hotel is located directly across from the Fashion Island plaza and just two blocks from the beach and is not only an ideal vacation destination, but also a fantastic meeting locale. The Newport Marriott Hotel & Spa features more than 40,000 square feet of event space, with such spaces as the 7,920-square-foot Grand Pacific Ballroom. Meeting amenities include on-site catering services and event planning professionals, while hotel amenities include a fitness center, serene Pure Blu spa, pools and Sam & Harry's steakhouse restaurant and lounge.
Radisson Hotel Newport Beach
Radisson Hotel Newport Beach offers a number of meeting-friendly amenities, including 20,000 square feet of event space, an on-site audio-visual company, signature catering services and meeting spaces that accommodate up to 800 people. Guest amenities include complimentary wireless Internet in all meeting rooms and guest rooms, as well as a complimentary shuttle to and from John Wayne Airport. The hotel features 335 cozy guest rooms, each with its own private balcony, overlooking a beautiful outdoor heated pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The hotel's on-site spa, fitness center, award-winning restaurant Tiffany's and casual Sapphire Lounge are sure to keep meeting participants entertained when the workday ends.
Balboa Bay Resort
The only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, the luxurious Balboa Bay Club and Resort sits on 15 Mediterranean-inspired acres, adorned with such amenities as a 17,000-square-foot spa, fitness center, celebrated First Cabin Restaurant and Duke's Place waterfront bar and lounge. The Balboa Bay Club and Resort is an acclaimed meeting destination, featuring such event spaces as a Grand Ballroom for 450 guests, 2,500-square-foot outdoor pavilion and 10 meeting rooms with terrace or bay views. Accommodations range from standard rooms with private verandas to spacious suites and short-term apartments, graced with the resort's signature low-key, elegant touches such as crisp whites, rattan and wood furniture, and plantation shutters.
John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Approximate taxi fare: $18 USD
Located just five miles outside of Newport Beach, the John Wayne Airport is the only commercial service airport in Orange County. Nearly 10 million passengers traveled on one of its 331,000 takeoffs and landings in 2007. Known as the gateway to Orange County, the airport offers non-stop service to over 15 destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston and Minneapolis.
The airport has several fast food and full-service eateries as well as a number of gift shops and newsstands. Parking is available in a valet lot, terminal lot and Parking Lot C, which offers shuttle service to the terminal. Parking is set at $2 per hour. Terminal parking is a maximum $20 per day and Parking Lot C charges up to $17 per day. The John Wayne Airport can also be reached via the Orange County Transportation Authority's 472 and 473 bus routes.
Airline carriers serving John Wayne Airport
Newport Beach's closest Amtrak station is located just 10 miles away in Santa Ana, California. The Santa Ana station serves the Pacific Surfliner route, which runs along the Southern California coast and offers 12 daily round trips between San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The Santa Ana Amtrak station is open daily from 5 AM to midnight.
The Orange County Transportation Authority's county-wide bus and paratransit service, named among the best public transportation systems by the American Public Transportation Association, operates daily on nearly 80 routes. OCTA offers local, express, and OC Express buses; all OC Express bus seats offer an element of personal luxury with a lap tray, power connection and reading light. OCTA operates 11 routes in Newport Beach and offers direct access to the John Wayne Airport on routes 472 and 473.
One-way bus fare is $1.50 for local routes, $4.50 for express routes and $3 for OC Express routes. Local rates are $4 for a one-day pass, $20 for a seven-day pass, $35 for a 15-day pass, $55 for a 30-day pass and $36 for a 10 one-day pass bundle. A one-day express pass costs $9, while a 30-day express pass is $150. A one-day OC Express pass is $6, while a 30-day OC Express pass is $100. Children ages 6 and under ride free.
Newport Beach area airports have several on-site and off-site rental car companies. Popular on-site companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Rental counters can be found at the arrivals level between Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport. At Los Angeles International, travelers can use courtesy shuttles offered by 10 of the airport's 40 rental car agencies for direct access to agency pick up.
Travelers can use taxi service from each of the Newport Beach area airports to points of interest. Taxi fare to Newport Beach from the John Wayne Airport is $30; from Long Beach Airport, about $65; and from Los Angeles International Airport, about $150. Taxis can also be found at hotel taxi stands and hailed on the streets throughout Newport Beach.
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