What’s the best time to visit Balboa Bay Resort?

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The best time to visit Balboa Bay Resort depends on the type of trip you seek. Leisure travelers arrive in droves from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Businesses book conventions between January and March and in September and October. In December there’s a tree-lighting ceremony and parties galore. The Orange County hotel is a prime viewing location for the annual Newport Beach Christmas boat parade, where kayaks, canoes, motorboats and million-dollar yachts decorated with lights (and accompanied by carolers and music) make their way 14 miles around Newport Harbor.

Not only is sunny Southern California a festive December destination, but it a great one for holiday shopping. For last-minute gift-giving needs, the concierge can arrange a shuttle and VIP shopping experience at the South Coast Plaza in nearby Costa Mesa. Choose from 250 luxury boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, and Bulgari — there’s even a pretty carousel ride to occupy cranky kids. In the VIP Hospitality Suite, nosh on biscotti; enjoy champagne, an espresso or fruit-infused water; stash your purchases; and arrange for gifts to be wrapped. Then head back into the hustle and bustle knowing there’s a lovely retreat from the holiday madness. 

We think the best time to visit Balboa Bay Resort is September, when the crowds have largely vanished. The days are still warm, but the evenings are refreshingly cool and there’s no pesky marine layer to block your views of the water. The Newport Beach hotel’s onsite recreational team helps you explore the harbor by offering kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or Duffy boats, and the concierge can plan a dinner or dining cruise.

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