Newport Beach, incorporated in 1906, is a city in Orange County, California, 10 miles south of downtown Santa Ana. The current OMB metropolitan designation for Newport Beach and the Orange County Area is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA. As of 2007, the population was 84,218.  The area code for Newport Beach is 949. The city is home to several well known communities and recent annexations including Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, San Joaquin Hills, Santa Ana Heights, andNewport Coast.
Attractions include beaches on the Balboa Peninsula (featuring body-boarding hot-spot The Wedge) and in Corona del Mar.Crystal Cove State Park is located at the southern end of the coast.
The Catalina Flyer, a giant 500 passenger catamaran, provides daily transportation from the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach to Avalon, California located on Santa Catalina Island. The historic Balboa Pavilion, established in 1906, is Newport Beach’s most famous landmark. There are a variety of options that include fishing, arcade games, and nice restaurants.
The Balboa Fun Zone, located on the Balboa Peninsula near the Balboa Island Ferry, features a ferris wheel, an old-time Merry-Go-Round and several quaint shops and restaurants.
The Orange County Museum of Art is a museum that exhibits art from a variety of modern artists.
Newport Beach History
In 1870 a steamer named “The Vaquero” made its first trip to a marshy lagoon for trading. Ranch owners in the Lower Bay decided from then on that the area should be called “Newport.”
In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Electric Railroad established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1906 with a population of 206 citizens, the scattered settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach.
Settlements filled in on the Peninsula, West Newport, Balboa Island and Lido Isle. In 1923 Corona del Mar was annexed and recently in 2002 Newport Coast was annexed.