Newport Beach Walkability
February 23, 2015 9:47 AM   Subscribe

I'll be attending a conference in March, and staying at Newport Beach (Specifically the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). I'll be interested in checking out the beach, getting a few good meals, and getting beers after the conference. Is that sort of thing walkable, or should I consider renting a car?

The conference has a shuttle to the venue, so I don't have to worry about that, but looking at the stuff in walking distance listed on the hotel's site doesn't really give me a lot of information about quality, just that there is stuff within walking distance. My adviser is from the area originally, and he said that I might want to look into a car of some sort, since the area is apparently pretty car dependent.
posted by codacorolla to Travel & Transportation around Newport Beach, CA (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Newport Center/Fashion Island is a big mall/retail area right next to that Marriott. It's definitely mall-ish (CPK, PF Chang's, Cheesecake Factory), but you won't go hungry or libation-less without a car.

If you're OK with walking farther and might want something more local/varied, Balboa Island is about 1 1/2 - 2 miles away, and from there you can catch a ferry to the peninsula which has the a pier, a beach, and a whole lot of other dining options.

A car would obviously expand your reach and time efficiency (and if you're flying into SNA, I've picked up rentals there for as little as $20/day), but it's doable on foot, particularly if your focus is going to be the conference.

(On preview, TWF seems to have much the same opinion.)
posted by weston at 10:39 AM on February 23, 2015

Best answer: I lived in that area for almost a decade. You'll definitely need a car.
posted by chicainthecity at 10:40 AM on February 23, 2015

Best answer: You'll be able to go get food and drinks very easily from the Marriot, because it's right next to Fashion Island. What the map doesn't show you is how steep that area is. Unless you're already hiking a lot and thus used to long distances uphill, you'll want a car. Also, if you're planning on going in the ocean, you might want to rent a wetsuit, this time of year.
posted by culfinglin at 11:00 AM on February 23, 2015

Best answer: This is where I live. I would get a car. Head to Crystal Cove State Park just a few miles down PCH for a beautiful uncrowded beach. I like to walk the beach for a few hours then walk up to Ruby's Shake Shack for a burger overlooking the water.

Also, there are some terrific restaurants at Fashion Island that aren't CPK, Cheesecake Factory, or PFChangs. Check out Fig & Olive (my favorite), True Food Kitchen, Lark Creek, R&D Kitchen...
posted by cecic at 11:19 AM on February 23, 2015 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Uber is pretty great in LA . I'd go that route.
posted by fshgrl at 3:59 PM on February 23, 2015

Response by poster: I think that Uber might be my best route. I don't particularly feel like looking after a car for the whole week, and I do have a per diem. Thank you all for replying! That will definitely help me plan out my trip, and has made me realize the importance of figuring out transportation if I plan to go anywhere.
posted by codacorolla at 4:05 PM on February 23, 2015

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