12 micro-itineraries for Coastal Orange County
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The Wedge( Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / January 21, 2013 )
11. The Balboas, Part 2. The Balboa Peninsula includes a lot: the Newport and Balboa piers, several small hotels, a bunch of restaurants, a 1.7-mile bike trail that connects the piers, watercraft rentals, harbor cruises, the historic Balboa Pavilion building and a neighboring Fun Zone with rides and games. If you watched "The O.C." on television (2003-07), many of these spots will look familiar.
Pictured: Tyler Cruickshank skimboards off a wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach. The Wedge is a prime body-surfing spot that Esquire magazine once put on a list of "60 things worth shortening your life for."