Balboa Island

We took a road trip to Southern California, and we strolled through Balboa Island in Newport Beach last Saturday afternoon.

Balboa Island is an upscale island in Newport Bay, protected from the Pacific Ocean by a peninsula. We walked around the island on the concrete promenade, taking in the homes, boats, and bay. As you can see, they don’t worry about wave action. Most homes are very nice, with expensive outdoor furniture in the front patio.

Balboa Island promenade
Balboa Island promenade

Something we’ve never seen before are flags with college names hung from houses. Starting from the left, there’s a blue and gold UCLA flag, a red and gold USC flag, an American flag, and another USC flag. UCLA and USC are two prominent colleges in southern California. American football, not to be confused with the football that Americans call soccer, is played on weekends — colleges play on Saturday, and professionals play on Sunday. It looks like these Southern Californians hang the flag of their college while watching the football game on television and rooting for their team.

college flags on a Saturday
college flags on a Saturday

Boat docks ring the island. This dock has a blue heron standing guard.

blue heron on the dock
blue heron on the dock

A small ferry carries people and three cars across the bay to the Balboa peninsula.

Balboa Island ferry
Balboa Island ferry

After we walked around the island, we enjoyed the local specialty, a frozen banana dipped in milk chocolate, with your choice of two toppings, nuts and oreos shown here.

frozen banana
frozen banana

A very relaxing stroll on Balboa Island.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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