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Back Bay Cafe 
 
 
"Award Winning Seafood Chowder... Waterfront Dining" Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour (open in Springtime), Pizza to go, Wine.  Newport Beach
Balboa Fun Zone 
 
 
"The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas.... Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.... There's the Balboa Pier, built on the site of Glen Martin's historic the first water-to-water flight, from Balboa to Catalina Island in 1912, and is one of the few piers to survive undamaged by Southern California's destructive coastal storms of the '80s. There's the Catalina Flyer, one hour to Catalina Island. The Balboa Island Ferry, only 50 cents. The harbor cruises, whale watching cruises, sport fishing, quaint shops and great restaurants. And, of course, there's the Balboa Fun Zone. Since 1936, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel has been a day and night landmark on the Newport Harbor scene, beckoning all to join in the fun.... Completely rebuilt from the ground up in 1986, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bumper cars scary dark ride, arcades, fun food, and shops still make it the highlight of every visit to Balboa."  Balboa
Balboa Saloon 
 
 
"Located on the historic Balboa Peninsula, we offer a great selection of imported, domestic and craft-brewed beers and spirits in addition to a menu of pizza, sandwiches and munchies. Balboa Saloon's fun, open atmosphere overflows with memorabilia and includes English darts, American darts, billiards and other games as well as satellite sports. We have plenty of seating for large groups and are centrally located with plenting of parking. Within walking distance from the beach, boat rentals, sports fishing, Catalina ferry service and the Fun Zone."  Newport Beach
Camelot Restaurant & Catering 
 
 
"Waterfront Dining Casual Elegance Overlooking the Bay Best Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime Greatest Steaks Freshest Seafood Critics Choice" In the Lido Marina Village.  Newport Beach
Dana Point Visitor Center 
 
 
The actual Visitor Center is located in the Clocktower Building at the LaPlaza Center. "Dana Point is located midway between the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles in the southern portion of Orange County. This location provides access to four major airports within about one hour’s drive. The San Diego Freeway runs through the City from north to south and Pacific Coast Highway provides intercity access to the beach communities of Orange County. The Orange County Transportation Authority provides public bus service to all of Orange County. Local train service is provided within five minutes of most residents via Amtrak (San Juan Capistrano) and Metrolink (San Clemente). Dana Point provides over 1,800 hotel rooms ranging in accommodations and services from economy hotels to the four star Ritz Carlton and St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa. Convention and meeting facilities are available at the larger resort facilities. All provide access to Dana Point’s unique coastal amenities Browse this site for complete visitor information. We look forward to seeing you soon! "  Dana Point
Doheny Blues Festival 
 
 
Held in May. 2006 description: "There is no finer location than Doheny State Beach to celebrate true American Music... plus enjoy tasty food, shop in the expanded Vendor Village and have a picnic with your friends! The stellar list of artists performing this year includes: * B.B. King - the 80th Birthday Celebration * Etta James and the Roots Band * John Hiatt with special guests the North Mississippi Allstars * Los Lobos * G Love and Special Sauce * Tower Of Power * Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials * Tommy Castro Band * Charlie Musselwhite * Henry Butler * James Hunter from England * The Electric Kings from Belgium * James Harman Band * The Mannish Boys Revue * Zac Harman & MidSouth Blues Revue * Nathan James & Ben Hernandez * Martin Gerschwitz, Blue Mama & more!"  Dana Point
Electra Cruises 
 
 
"We specialize in: • Weddings • Holiday Parties • Corporate Incentive Cruises • Birthday Parties • Anniversaries • Corporate Brainstorming Sessions • Graduation Parties • Family Reunions • Corporate Entertaining • Bon Voyage Parties • Corporate Staff Meetings • Sales and Promotions.... Elegant, Opulent, Luxurious... That describes our fabulous fleet of private yachts - Electra, Destiny, Athena, and Newport Princess, - the most popular and comfortable yachts in Newport Beach. Coming this summer, our newest addition... Camelot. Our beautiful, new, 150-foot, ADA approved yacht is capable of accommodating up to 400 guests. If you are planning a wedding, have clients to impress, a sales force Camelot interior sketchto inspire, or simply need a superb setting for a company or family celebration, then look no further. Imagine cruising aboard Electra, a classic fantail yacht restored to perfection, surrounded by one of the most majestic harbors in the world. Or you may choose the all glass 130-foot Destiny, or the beautiful Athena, decorated in a classic Greek motif, both with gorgeous glass spiral staircases adorning the stern. The Newport Princess is a great choice for classic Moonlight wedding reception riverboat yachting, larger wedding groups, or theme parties. Or Camelot may best meet your needs for an even larger guest list.* All of our yachts feature a state-of-the-art gourmet galley, expansive salons, luxurious staterooms and custom-built teak and marble bars. The enclosed upper decks can accommodate numerous activities ranging from formal dinners to theme events, any corporate events, or beautiful weddings. Complete audio/video support is available. We take pride in providing for all of your event needs, from catering and entertainment to complete coordination. We can custom design entire parties to accommodate your preferences and your budget. Banquet table setting The advantage of using Electra, Athena, Newport Princess, Destiny, and Camelot is our commitment to excellence. Leave the details to us, and we promise your experience will leave you Electra-fied!" Also features Event Planning services.  Newport Beach
The Electric Riverboat Angela Louise 
 
 
"Charter Boat for Yacht Weddings in Newport Beach, Short Notice Weddings, Wedding Chapel, Yacht Charters, Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise, Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, Corporate Events, Corporate Dinner Cruise, Harbor Cruise, Holiday Party, Mother's Day, Halloween, Christmas, or New Year's Eve Party.... We specialize in short-notice weddings... Wedding ceremonies seven days a week - Call for Availability."  Lake Forest, Newport Beach
Explorocean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum 
 
 
Explore our region's maritime heritage with family-oriented interactive exhibits, ship models, artifacts and art, located in the heart of the historic Balboa Fun Zone on Newport Bay. In addition to our touch-tank, visitors will enjoy a mix of hands-on activities, interactive programs, and special performances that will connect you to the living museum in our backyard. Our galleries include: The Steele Model Pavilion, the East Wing( Sea of Adventure), Newport and the Extraordinary People galleries. Our goal is to connect visitors to the adventure, inspiration and mystery of the sea with an emphasis on the human experience and man's impact as it relates to the marine environment.  Newport Beach
Franko's Maps of Orange County & Vicinity 
 
 
Surfing? Biking? Hiking? Fishing? Exploring? Boating? Franko's Maps have long been a staple of OC Locals! Franko's Map of Orange County Surfing, Franko's Map of San Diego Surfing, Franko's Map of Orange County Trails, Franko's Trail Map of Santa Ana Mountains & Chino Hills, Franko's Trail Map of Big Bear, Franko's Poster of Big Bear, Franko's Map of South Coast Wilderness (Laguna Beach Wilderness), Franko's Diving Map of Santa Catalina Islands, Franko's Diving Map of Channel Islands, Franko's Diving Map of Orange County Coast, Franko's Diving Map of San Diego Coast, Franko's Diving Map of Los Angeles Coast, Franko's La Jolla Shores Fish Card, Franko's HMCS Yukon Deck Plan & Fish Identifier, Franko's Channel Islands Mini Map & Kelp Forest Creatures, Franko's Avalon Underwater Park & Kelp Forest Creatures, Franko's Map of Catalina's Two Harbors & Fish Identification Card, Franko's Map of Santa Catalina Island, Franko's Map of Channel Islands, Franko's Map of San Diego County Coast, Franko's Map of Orange County Coast, Franko's Map of Los Angeles County Coast, Franko's Map of Newport Harbor & Upper Newport Bay,  Corona
Gondola Company of Newport 
 
 
"For An Evening You Will Never Forget! Love, Romance, Music A Ride in a Venetian Gondola Imagine gliding through the canals of Venice, sipping a glass of wine overlooking the bay under the twilight. Now, you can evoke all the romance and lively fun that is synonymous with Italy right here in the beautiful bay and canals of Newport Beach, California. Reservations are Limited.... Spectacular Weddings for 2 to 42 people Make your Special Day truly unique and memorable! Let us take you to a beautiful cove, where you will be married! (Fabulous photo opportunities of the bride and groom from the bridge) After the ceremony, you and your guests will enjoy a wonderful gondola cruise on the most beautiful bay in the world! Our Captain can marry you!" In Lido Marina Village.  Newport Beach
Huntington Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau 
 
 
"Discover paradise in Huntington Beach, California. Year round Mediterranean climate, eight and one-half miles of uninterrupted beachfront and brilliant sunsets that highlight California's finest pier, provide the perfect setting for your dream vacation or corporate gathering. Explore the largest wetlands preserve on the California Coast. Dine at one of our bistros or sidewalk cafes, then take a romantic stroll, walking hand-in-hand along the sand. From bonfires at our pristine, sandy beach to surfers catching waves, 'Surf City' is one of America's safest cities and the best place to stay in California. This premier coastal destination is known for its affordable and luxury accommodations and central location to major attractions. See Southern California by day, but always return to Huntington Beach to kick off your shoes and relax. It's California's coastal playground."  Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum 
 
 
Check it out - from Surf City USA herself!  Huntington Beach
Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau 
 
 
"You will never lack for exciting Attractions in Laguna Beach, home of the oldest art museum in California, the world renowned Pageant of the Masters, and the acclaimed Laguna Playhouse. Gentle sea breezes and some of the world's cleanest beaches and water make Laguna Beach a year-round recreational mecca..."  Laguna Beach
Lido Marina Village 
  
Site of the Newport Boat Show, Camelot Restaurant, Gondola Company of Newport, Golden West Yachts International, Seaside Financial, Offshore West, Southwestern Yacht Sales, Windward Sailing Club and Mama Mia Italian Restaurant.  Newport Beach
Mama Mia Italian Restaurant 
 
 
"One of the finest Italian restaurants located on the water in Newport Beach. Mama Mia offers classic Italian cuisine with a spectacular view. The warm, inviting surroundings are complemented by an extensive menu featuring pasta, seafood and veal specialities." In the Lido Marina Village.  Newport Beach
Newport Autumn Rowing Festival 
 
 
November of each year. "Introduction We would like to thank all of last year’s participants for helping create an exciting and successful regatta, and we look forward to your participation in the 2004 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival (NARF). Categories · Novices may not have rowed before 01 January 2004. · Masters must be at least 27 years of age by 31 December 2004. · Masters shall receive handicaps derived from the handicap standards established by the United States Rowing Association. · Juniors must be 18 years of age or under as of 31 December 2004. · Lightweight is defined as a maximum weight of 165 pounds for men and 135 pounds for women. No averaging. No weigh-ins for coxswains. Weigh-ins for lightweights will be held during check-in on Saturday 6 November 2004 and Sunday 7 November 2004 (see below for times). · The Race Committee reserves the right to cancel an event due to lack of entries.... Awards First place commemorative medals will be awarded to the winning crews in each event. Certain sponsored events will be awarded perpetual trophies.... Race Course The Race Course starts at the bridge at the west end of Lido Island and proceeds east around the southern side of Lido Island. At the eastern end of Lido Island, the course abruptly turns to the north (port) towards the PCH Bridge. Coxswains beware, many crews have missed this turn in years past. Once around the turn, crews are directed to race through the right-most arch of the PCH Bridge into Upper Newport Bay. No passing is allowed under the bridge. Approximately 400m past the PCH bridge the course turns to the right (starboard), straightens out for 500m, then turns to the left (port) with 200m to go to the finish line at NAC. Row past the finish line and do not turn around until past the final buoy. See map below. A detailed map will be available at the Aquatic Center. Total Distance: 2.7 miles (4,400 m)."  Newport Beach
Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau 
 
 
"Welcome to the Newport Beach California Official Visitors Website - a brief introduction to the "Colorful Coast," one of Southern California's most vibrant recreation and entertainment centers. Famous worldwide for its picturesque sandy beaches, majestic coastline, infinite recreational activities, award-winning dining and world-class shopping, Newport Beach is more than a sophisticated beach town - it's a way of life."  Newport Beach
Newport Boat Show 
 
 
April. "The Big Yacht Show... With easier access, better parking and a collection of great waterfront restaurants, the Lido Marina Village is the perfect location for a big-boat show. Enjoy a great day and great food while touring some of the finest yachts in the world. There’s no other show like it. And there’s no better place to see the newest models from the world’s finest boat builders.... The Newport Boat Show is returning to Lido Marina Village to celebrate its 32nd year as the West’s premier big-boat in-water show. And this year’s show is going to be better than ever, with the largest display of big boats and yachts west of Ft. Lauderdale. Plus, a whole host of exhibitors will be on hand in the water to showcase products and services that make owning and operating a big boat more enjoyable.... No other place in Newport has the deep water and easy access that Lido Marina Village has. That’s why the 32nd annual Newport Boat Show is returning to Lido. With more big boat slips, no hassle move-in and set up, this is the perfect place to show big boats to eager buyers.... This year the Newport Boat Show will have free parking and shuttle from the Newport Tech Center on Superior Ave. and Industrial Way in Newport Beach."  Irvine, Newport Beach
Newport Dunes 
 
 
RV Park, Marina, Back Bay Cafe, Catering, Market Place. Near Fashion Island and Corona del Mar. "Called the 'Ritz of RV Parks' by the Los Angeles Times, Newport Dunes Resort offers the luxury and outstanding amenities of a 5-star resort with the comfort and familiarity of your own home on wheels!"  Newport Beach
Newport Harbor Annual Christmas Boat Parade 
 
 
"Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 96th Annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. Presenting Sponsor Simple Green, Official Sponsors the Daily Pilot and Janes Capital Partners, and the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invite you to sail to the theme of 'A Winter Waterland.' As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 15 and ending Sunday, December 19, 2004. The parade starts off Collins Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Two separate routes are run on different evenings.) Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. With this year’s theme, participants are also encouraged to decorate their boats taking into account the unique celebration of the holiday season in Southern California. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes a incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for 95 years."  Newport Beach
Raging Waters 
 
 
Not in OC, but close to the northern cities near the 57. "Raging Waters, California's Largest Waterpark , ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US Water Parks, invites you to participate in “The Summer of the Dragon!” With over 50 beautifully landscaped acres and 36 slides and attractions, plus a sand beach, there is outRAGEous fun for guests of all ages. Experience the Dragon's Den, Raging Waters newest attraction, twist down the 10-story High Extreme, float down the ¼ mile Amazon River or relax in the huge Wave Pool. Younger guests will never tire of Kids' Kingdom and Splash Island. Whether mild, wild or in-between, all ages always have a raging good time at Raging Waters San Dimas."  San Dimas
San Clemente Ocean Festival 
 
 
Festival held in July. "The San Clemente Ocean Festival is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of ocean safety, the environment and the community by providing a quality athletic, cultural and enjoyable family event.... Proceeds from the San Clemente Ocean Festival help fund many worthwhile organizations, including SC Jr. Lifeguard & city aquatic programs, Ocean Institute for local school programs, Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Scholarships are also provided annually to three area high schools."  San Clemente
Southern California Marine Association 
 
 
Has 2 shows in April: The Annual Orange County Boat Show at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Boat Show at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. Also nearby OC they have the Spring Boat Show at the Pomona Fairplex in June and the International Sail and Powerboat Show at the Long Beach Convention Center and Shoreline Village Marina in October. "The Southern California Marine Association was founded in October 1956 by a group of concerned and dedicated marine industry leaders representing forty-five different companies for the sole purpose of promoting, nurturing and improving the recreational boating business in Southern California. Since that time, SCMA has functioned as the unifying entity in this ever-growing market, providing marine enterprises, large and small, with the necessary support, knowledge, resources and encouragement to operate successful businesses through all types of economic conditions. With over 800 member firms, SCMA is one of the largest and oldest marine trade associations in the country. SCMA is governed by its members, through regularly scheduled elections of officers to its fifteen member Board of Directors. On a daily basis, a paid, full-time staff that implements the directives of the governing board operates SCMA."  Orange
Villa Nova Restaurant 
 
 
Open until 1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday nights; midnight the rest of the week. "One of the only venues in Orange County offering live entertainment every night beginning at 9pm, Villa Nova’s piano bar is the five time winner of the 'Best Piano Bar in Orange County'. Entertainers provide guests with the finest in live blues, jazz and piano bar music in the Waterfront Lounge. The Piano Bar features premium spirits as well as an extensive food menu.... Rich Fauno, our resident 'piano man' performs Sunday through Wednesday at 9pm. With Villa Nova since 1980, Rich is a well known and sought after talent who delights our guests with his unique blend of Oldies, Show Tunes, Top 40 and of course, Sing a Long Requests. Bring your friends and Rich will supply the fun! Sunday though Wednesday 9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.... Enjoy the finest in Blues, Jazz and Classic Rock with our House Band, Pure Imagination. Featuring Mike McKenna on keyboards and vocals, Wayne Wayne on Sax and Gary Wing on percussions as well as surprise musical guests. Fun and lively entertainment Thursday though Saturday 9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Featuring: Mike McKenna- Keyboards, Vocals Wayne Wayne-Saxophone Gary Wing-Percussions"  Newport Beach
Wild Rivers 
 
 
You can float around in a circle the whole day, or you can get flushed down the tubes. Either way, it's a cool way to spend a day.  Irvine
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