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 renowned 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 (actually a concrete path) runs 2.9 miles from 36th Street in West Newport, past Newport Pier and Balboa Pier, to between E and F Streets on the Balboa Peninsula.