Newport Beach, California
Aerial view of Newport Beach in July 2014
Aerial view of Newport Beach in July 2014
Flag of Newport Beach, California
Official seal of Newport Beach, California
Location within California and Orange County
Location within California and Orange County
Newport Beach is located in southern California
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Location in Southern California
Newport Beach is located in California
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Location within California
Newport Beach is located in the United States
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.61667°N 117.89750°W / 33.61667; -117.89750Coordinates: 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.61667°N 117.89750°W / 33.61667; -117.89750
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyOrange
IncorporatedSeptember 1, 1906[1][2]
Government
 • TypeMayor–council[3]
 • BodyCity of Newport Beach City Council
 • MayorKevin Muldoon
 • Mayor Pro TemNoah Blom
 • City CouncilWill O'Neill
Joy Brenner
Brad Avery
Duffy Duffield
Diane B. Dixon
 • City ManagerGrace K. Leung
 • Assistant City ManagerTara Finnigan
Area
 • Total52.92 sq mi (137.07 km2)
 • Land23.79 sq mi (61.62 km2)
 • Water29.13 sq mi (75.45 km2)  55.07%
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Population
 • Total85,239
 • Rank98th in California
 • Density1,600/sq mi (620/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
92657–92663[7]
Area code949
FIPS code06-51182
GNIS feature IDs1661104, 2411250
Websitenewportbeachca.gov
Symbols of Newport Beach
FlowerBougainvillea
TreeCoral tree

Newport Beach is a coastal city in Orange County, California, United States. Newport Beach is known for swimming and sandy beaches. Newport Harbor once supported maritime industries, but today, it is used mostly for recreation. Balboa Island draws visitors with a waterfront path and easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants.

History

Main article: History of Newport Beach

The Upper Bay of Newport is a canyon, which was carved by a stream in the Pleistocene period. The Lower Bay of Newport was formed much later by sand that was brought along by ocean currents, which constructed the offshore beach that is now recognized as the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.

For thousands of years, the Tongva people lived on the land in an extensive, thriving community. Throughout the 1800s, Europeans colonized the land and forcibly removed and assimilated the Tongva. Present day Newport Beach exists upon the unceded homelands of the Tongva people, and they have a historical and continued presence as the traditional caretakers of the land.[8] The State of California sold acre-plots of land for $1 a piece in the Newport area. Anglo-American inhabitation in the area grew substantially following the events of 1870 when a 105-ton steamer named The Vaquero, captained by Captain Samuel S. Dunnells (against warnings posted by surveyors) safely steered through the lower and upper bay of Newport where it unloaded its cargo. James Irvine, after hearing the astonishing news, quickly traveled from his home in San Francisco to the San Joaquin Ranch. Meeting in Irvine's ranch house near current day UC Irvine with his brother, Robert Irvine, and friend James McFadden, they all agreed that the newly found port should be named simply, "Newport" thus where Newport Beach gets its name. James McFadden built a long McFadden Wharf in 1888.[9]

In 1905, city development increased when Pacific Electric Railway established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles.[10] In 1906 (with a population of 206 citizens), the scattered settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach.[2]

Settlements filled in on the Peninsula, West Newport, Newport Island, Balboa Island and Lido Isle. In 1923, Corona del Mar was annexed and in 2002, Newport Coast, East Santa Ana Heights and San Joaquin Hills, were annexed.[2] In 2008, after a long battle with the city of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach annexed West Santa Ana Heights.

Newport Beach California
Newport Beach California

Geography

Dover and Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA
Dover and Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA

Newport Beach extends in elevation from sea level to the 1,161 ft (354 m) summit of Signal Peak in the San Joaquin Hills,[11] but the official elevation is 25 ft (7.6 m) above sea level at a location of 33°37′0″N 117°53′51″W / 33.61667°N 117.89750°W / 33.61667; -117.89750 (33.616671, −117.897604).[12]

The city is bordered on the west by Huntington Beach at the Santa Ana River; on the north by Costa Mesa, John Wayne Airport, the City of Irvine and UC Irvine; and on the east by Crystal Cove State Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 53.0 square miles (137 km2). 23.8 square miles (62 km2) of it is land and 29.2 square miles (76 km2) of it (55.07%) is water.

Areas of Newport Beach include Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula (also known as Balboa), Lido Peninsula, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills, Santa Ana Heights, and West Newport.

Newport Coastal Path
Newport Coastal Path

Newport Harbor and Newport Bay

Newport Harbor is a semi-artificial harbor that was formed by dredging Newport Bay estuary during the early 1900s. Several artificial islands were built, which are now covered with private homes: Newport Island, Balboa Island, Little Balboa Island, Collins Island, Bay Island, Harbor Island, Lido Isle and Linda Isle.[13]

The Lido Peninsula
The Lido Peninsula

Newport Harbor once supported maritime industries such as boatbuilding, shipbuilding, and commercial fishing, but today it is used mostly for recreation. Its shores are occupied mostly by private homes and private docks. With approximately 9,000 boats, Newport Harbor is one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast.[14] It's a popular destination for all boating activities, including sailing, fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Commercial maritime operations today include the Catalina Flyer ferry to Catalina Island, harbor tours, sport fishing and whale watching day trips and charters, and a few small commercial fishing boats.

Newport Bay is divided by the Pacific Coast Highway bridge, which is too low for most sailboats and very large boats to pass under. North of the bridge is referred to as Upper Newport Bay, or the Back Bay. South of the bridge is commonly called Lower Newport Bay, or Newport Harbor. However the Back Bay also has harbor facilities, especially the marina and launch ramp at Newport Dunes Marina.[15]

The north end of the Newport Harbor channels surrounding Lido Isle has a number of small business centers and was at one time used as a home by the fishing fleets. On the North East side of the channel, the Lido Marina Village now acts as the local port to many "Newport Party Boats" that can be rented for events, as well as small merchants and local restaurants. It also hosts the area boat show each year and an organic "Farmers Market"[16] on Sundays, in addition to being the port for the local Gondola Company.[17] In 2014, the center was closed for a renovation.[18] The Lido Village was reopened in 2017 after a complete renovation.[19]

In 1927, a home was built at the mouth of the entrance of Newport Harbor that came to be known as the China House of China Cove. The home was built using the traditional Chinese architecture. It was a landmark in the Newport Beach Harbor until it was demolished in the 1980s. Some of the original roof can be seen on a home located in the China Cove.[20]

Upper Newport Bay is an estuary that was formed by a prehistoric flow of the Santa Ana River. Today, it is fed by a small stream from San Diego Creek. Much of Upper Newport Bay is a protected natural area known as the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, established in 1975.[21]

Newport Beach Back Bay

Climate

Newport Beach has a mid-latitude semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with characteristics of a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb). Like many coastal cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Newport Beach exhibits weak temperature variation, both diurnally and seasonally, compared to inland cities even a few miles from the ocean. The Pacific Ocean greatly moderates Newport Beach's climate by warming winter temperatures and cooling summer temperatures. Diurnal temperature variation is stronger during the winter than during the summer. Newport Beach does not receive enough precipitation to qualify as a true Mediterranean climate.

Climate data for Newport Beach Harbor, California (normals 1991–2020, extremes 1921–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87.0
(30.6)
89.0
(31.7)
86.0
(30.0)
87.0
(30.6)
87.0
(30.6)
93.0
(33.9)
88.0
(31.1)
94.0
(34.4)
94.0
(34.4)
96.0
(35.6)
94.0
(34.4)
86.0
(30.0)
96.0
(35.6)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 76.4
(24.7)
73.8
(23.2)
74.1
(23.4)
75.2
(24.0)
74.1
(23.4)
73.7
(23.2)
77.1
(25.1)
79.2
(26.2)
81.7
(27.6)
83.0
(28.3)
80.4
(26.9)
74.5
(23.6)
87.4
(30.8)
Average high °F (°C) 64.5
(18.1)
63.3
(17.4)
64.7
(18.2)
65.9
(18.8)
66.7
(19.3)
68.4
(20.2)
71.8
(22.1)
73.3
(22.9)
74.1
(23.4)
72.7
(22.6)
68.4
(20.2)
64.1
(17.8)
68.2
(20.1)
Daily mean °F (°C) 57.4
(14.1)
57.2
(14.0)
58.9
(14.9)
60.5
(15.8)
62.5
(16.9)
64.9
(18.3)
68.2
(20.1)
69.4
(20.8)
69.1
(20.6)
66.5
(19.2)
61.4
(16.3)
57.0
(13.9)
62.8
(17.1)
Average low °F (°C) 50.4
(10.2)
51.0
(10.6)
53.1
(11.7)
55.1
(12.8)
58.3
(14.6)
61.5
(16.4)
64.6
(18.1)
65.5
(18.6)
64.1
(17.8)
60.2
(15.7)
54.5
(12.5)
49.8
(9.9)
57.3
(14.1)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 42.3
(5.7)
43.3
(6.3)
46.0
(7.8)
49.1
(9.5)
53.1
(11.7)
57.3
(14.1)
60.6
(15.9)
61.1
(16.2)
59.4
(15.2)
54.4
(12.4)
46.4
(8.0)
41.8
(5.4)
39.7
(4.3)
Record low °F (°C) 29.0
(−1.7)
31.0
(−0.6)
33.0
(0.6)
37.0
(2.8)
39.0
(3.9)
42.0
(5.6)
45.0
(7.2)
51.0
(10.6)
45.0
(7.2)
32.0
(0.0)
34.0
(1.1)
32.0
(0.0)
29.0
(−1.7)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.20
(56)
2.38
(60)
1.34
(34)
0.55
(14)
0.18
(4.6)
0.07
(1.8)
0.02
(0.51)
0.00
(0.00)
0.10
(2.5)
0.33
(8.4)
0.64
(16)
1.62
(41)
9.43
(240)
Average precipitation days 6.5 6.1 5.0 2.8 1.4 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.5 2.4 3.2 5.4 32.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 217 226 279 300 279 270 341 341 270 248 210 217 3,198
Mean daily sunshine hours 7 8 9 10 9 9 11 11 9 8 7 7 8.75
Percent possible sunshine 69 73 75 76 65 63 78 82 73 71 67 70 72
Average ultraviolet index 3 4 6 8 9 10 10 10 8 6 4 3 7
Source 1: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration[22]
Source 2: En.tutiempo[23]

Weather Atlas (sun and uv)[24]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910445
1920894100.9%
19302,203146.4%
19404,438101.5%
195012,120173.1%
196026,564119.2%
197049,58286.7%
198062,55626.2%
199066,6436.5%
200070,0325.1%
201085,18621.6%
202085,2390.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[25]

2010

Balboa Island, Newport Beach California. January 2013
Balboa Island, Newport Beach California. January 2013

The 2010 United States Census[26] reported that Newport Beach had a population of 85,186. The population density was 3,587.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,385.1/km2). The racial makeup of Newport Beach was 74,357 (87.3%) White (82.3% Non-Hispanic White),[27] 616 (0.7%) African American, 223 (0.3%) Native American, 5,982 (7.0%) Asian, 114 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,401 (1.6%) from other races, and 2,493 (2.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,174 persons (7.2%).

The Census reported that 84,784 people (99.5% of the population) lived in households, 151 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 251 (0.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 38,751 households, out of which 8,212 (21.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 17,273 (44.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,608 (6.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,199 (3.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,846 (4.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 233 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 12,838 households (33.1%) were made up of individuals, and 4,412 (11.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19. There were 21,080 families (54.4% of all households); the average family size was 2.81.

The population was spread out, with 14,744 people (17.3%) under the age of 18, 6,659 people (7.8%) aged 18 to 24, 22,299 people (26.2%) aged 25 to 44, 25,322 people (29.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 16,162 people (19.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

There were 44,193 housing units at an average density of 834.2 per square mile (322.1/km2), of which 21,224 (54.8%) were owner-occupied, and 17,527 (45.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.8%. 50,511 people (59.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34,273 people (40.2%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Newport Beach had a median household income of $106,333, with 7.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[27]

2000

West Newport Beach
West Newport Beach

As of the census[28] of 2000, there were 70,032 people, 33,071 households, and 16,965 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,738.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,829.5/km2). There were 37,288 housing units at an average density of 2,523.1 per square mile (974.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.22% White, 0.53% African American, 0.26% Native American, 4.00% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.71% of the population. There were 33,071 households, out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.7% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.71. In the city, the population was spread out, with 15.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males. According to a 2019 US Census estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $64,423, while the median family income was $126,976.[29] Males had a median income of $73,425 versus $45,409 for females. The per capita income for the city was $63,015. About 2.1% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

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Housing prices in Newport Beach ranked eighth highest in the United States in a 2009 survey.[30]

Newport Beach is home to one Fortune 500 company, insurer Pacific Life.[31][32] Other companies based in Newport Beach include Acacia Research, Galardi Group (Wienerschnitzel), Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Original Hamburger Stand, and Tastee-Freez, the Irvine Company, Jazz Semiconductor, PIMCO, and Urban Decay. Fletcher Jones Motor Cars in Newport Beach is the largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the world.[33] At one time Edwards Theatres had its headquarters in Newport Beach.[34] Before its dissolution Air California was headquartered in Newport Beach.[35] The city's largest law firm is Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, with approximately 75 attorneys at its Fashion Island location.[36] Toyota has a design center, Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach which is responsible for the exterior design of the 2nd, 5th, and 7th generation Celica, as well as some Lexus and Scion models.

Top employers

According to the city's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[37] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian 5,292
2 PIMCO 1,258
3 Pacific Life Insurance 1,250
4 Glidewell Dental 1,008
5 Irvine Management Company 895
6 Tower Semiconductor 868
7 Resort at Pelican Hill 798
8 Newport-Mesa Unified School District 780
9 City of Newport Beach 728
10 Fletcher Jones Motor Cars 465
11 Balboa Bay Club 427
12 Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Tennis Club 371

See also: Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Arts and culture

Points of interest

Past landmarks

Attractions

Newport Harbor
Newport Harbor
Balboa Pier

Beaches and surfing

Beachgoers have flocked to Newport Beach since the Pacific Electric Railway started bringing them in 1905. Attractions include the city beaches from the Santa Ana River to the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar State Beach, and the beaches at Crystal Cove State Park. Newport Beach is known for good surfing, especially between Newport Pier and the Santa Ana River. At the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, The Wedge offers world-class bodyboarding and bodysurfing. Newport Pier and Balboa Pier draw fishermen and sightseers. A boardwalk runs 2.9 miles (4.7 km) from 36th Street in West Newport, past Newport Pier and Balboa Pier, to between E and F Streets on the Balboa Peninsula for both pedestrians and bikers.

Harbor and boating

Newport Harbor is the largest recreational boat harbor on the U.S. west coast, and a popular destination for all boating activities, including sailing, fishing, rowing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.[citation needed]

The annual Christmas Boat Parade started in 1908.[38]

Competitive sailing, rowing, and paddling events are common. The annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is the largest sailboat race in the world.[39]

Boating activities are organized by five private yacht clubs, along with Orange Coast College,[40] UC Irvine,[41] and the Sea Scouts,[42] all of which have sailing, rowing, and water activity bases on the harbor. The Newport Aquatic Center allows open public participation in competitive rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and outrigger canoe racing.[43] The Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship offers recreational and professional sailing and mariners' courses and certifications, including United States Coast Guard licensing.[40] Weekly races take place during the summer including the Beer Can Races.

Nautical Clubs of Newport Beach

Balboa

On the Balboa Peninsula, the historic Balboa Pavilion and Balboa Island Ferry are the city's most famous landmarks. Adjacent to the Pavilion, the 500 passenger Catalina Flyer provides daily transportation to and from Avalon, located on Santa Catalina Island. The Balboa Fun Zone is also home to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.[44][45]

Balboa Island village draws many visitors. A waterfront path around the island attracts walkers and joggers, and provides easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants.

Culture and nightlife

Fashion Island in Newport Center
Fashion Island in Newport Center

Fashion Island at Newport Center is a regional shopping and entertainment destination.[citation needed] Also at Newport Center, the Orange County Museum of Art exhibits modern and contemporary art, with emphasis on the work of Californian artists.[46][47]

Dining in Newport Beach tends to focus on seafood restaurants.[48]

Parks and recreation

Fishing on the Newport Beach Pier
Fishing on the Newport Beach Pier

Upper Newport Bay, or the Back Bay, is ringed by Back Bay Drive and a network of trails and paths that attract bicyclists, rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers. Bird watchers and nature lovers are drawn to the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center; and Crystal Cove State Park features tide pools at its beach, with backcountry hiking and mountain biking trails. Camping is available at Crystal Cove State Park, and at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. Whale watching is also popular in the area, with both scheduled and charter boats leaving directly from Newport Harbor. Whales and dolphins can often be seen from the Balboa and Newport Piers, as well as the shoreline during migration season.

Fishing is also extremely popular in Newport Bay, off the coast of Newport, and along the Newport Bay Jetty. Within the bay, there are multiple locations to purchase bait for dockside or spear fishing convenience. There are about 80 fishable species located in Newport Bay. A few of the most commonly fished species are include the Gray Smoothhound Shark, Leopard Shark, Round Stingray, Shovelnose Guitarfish, Pacific Staghorn Sculpin, Silvery Mullet, Top-smelt, California Halibut, Spotted Sand Bass, Yellowfin Croaker, Bat Ray, Thornback Ray, Diamond Turbot, Shiner Surfperch, Corbina, Opaleye, Pile Surfperch, and Red Shiner. Commercial fishing is also prominent in offshore Newport Beach and Newport Bay. Lobsters are commonly fished in the reefs. The bright orange Garibaldi fish found offshore, however, is a protected species.

On dark nights, intense occurrences of bioluminescence can be observed when waves splash into the shore, or when marine animals leave glowing traces in their wake.[49]

Newport Beach Boardwalk
Newport Beach Boardwalk

Golf

The Pelican Hill area has two golf courses that rank among the Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.[50]

Government

Municipal

See also: Mayors of Newport Beach

Upper Newport Bay
Upper Newport Bay

The City of Newport Beach was incorporated on September 1, 1906,[1] and adopted its charter on January 7, 1955. The city implements a council–manager form of government, directed by a seven-member council who reside in specific geographic districts, but are elected at-large. Council elections take place in even-numbered years, and councilmembers serve four-year terms. The mayor is chosen annually by the city council.[3]

Until 1927, the governing body of the city was known as a Board of Trustees with a President as its head. An act of the Legislature in 1927 changed the Board to City Council with a Mayor as the head.[51]

State and federal representation

In the California State Legislature, Newport Beach is in the 37th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dave Min, and in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris.[52]

In the United States House of Representatives, Newport Beach is in California's 48th congressional district, represented by Republican Michelle Steel.[53]

Voting History

Newport Beach has supported Republican candidates for president and governor consistently since at least 1962.

As of February 2020, the California Secretary of State reported that Newport Beach had 57,408 registered voters; of those, 14,097 (24.56% vs. 35.63% in Orange County) are registered Democrats, 27,472 (47.85% vs. 34.16% in Orange County) are registered Republicans, 12,996 (22.64% vs. 25.29% in Orange County) have stated no political party preference, and 2,843 (4.95% vs. 4.92% in Orange County) are registered with a third party.[54] According to a March 2018 report by the Sacramento Bee, Newport Beach has the second highest percentage of conservative voters among large cities in California.[55]

The Republican candidate exceeded 70% of the vote in Newport Beach in all seven presidential elections from 1964 to 1988, as well as seven of the nine gubernatorial elections from 1962-1994.

Even as the politics of California have trended in favor of the Democratic Party, Newport Beach has remained Republican, but has become less Republican over time. In 2016, even as Donald Trump became the first GOP presidential candidate to lose Orange County since Alf Landon in 1936, Trump won Newport Beach by a margin of 14 points.[56][57] Trump also won Newport Beach by a margin of nearly ten points in his 2020 re-election bid.

Education

Infrastructure

Fire department

The Newport Beach Fire Department is the agency that provides fire protection, lifeguard coverage, and emergency medical services.

Newport Beach has 8 fire stations spread across the city, as well as Lifeguard Headquarters at the base of the Newport Pier.[58]

Marine operations

Toyota Tacoma in service with the NBFD Lifeguard.
Toyota Tacoma in service with the NBFD Lifeguard.

The Marine Division of the NBFD is responsible for lifeguarding the nearly 10 million annual visitors to Newport Beach's 6.2 miles (10.0 km) of ocean and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of bay beaches.[59] In 2013 alone the marine division performed 3,811 water rescues.[60] Newport Beach Lifeguards are recognized as the top agency in the nation, considering their relatively small size. They are also recognized as an advanced agency by the United States Lifesaving Association.

Newport Beach Lifeguards also hold an annual summer Junior Lifeguard program, which is one of the largest and oldest in the nation. The Junior Lifeguard program works closely with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to spread skin cancer awareness.

Included in their area is The Wedge, a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula that is known for its large wedge shaped waves, which make it a popular spot for skimboarding, surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing. During a south or south/southwest swell of the right size and aligned in the swell window, the Wedge can produce huge waves up to 30 feet (9.1 m) high. Newport Beach has one of the most diverse coastlines in the world, spanning over 6 miles. And because of this the NBFD Marine Operations Division requires Ocean Lifeguards to be in top shape and to have years of local ocean experience.

Notable people

Main article: List of people from Newport Beach, California

In popular culture

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The city has figured into several television shows and movies:

Sister cities

Newport Beach has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

See also

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