Newport Beach has long been associated with the true essence of elegant California coastal living and its beautiful seaside location. Long ago, part of a land grant, sailing vessels referred to its bay and harbor as New Port. The shipping business created booming commercial center and a company town began to grow. As the ‘Red Cars” in Los Angeles extended to Newport Beach, investors saw Newport Bay’s resort and recreation potential. Newport Beach became a tourist destination with the arrival of the Pacific Electric Railway. The railway terminated at the Balboa Pavilion.
Newport Beach is located 50 miles south of Los Angeles and 85 miles north of San Diego in Orange County. With nearly 22 square miles of ocean and bay, including several islands, the city offers the greatest variety and number of restaurants with water view dining in all of Orange County. Newport Beach includes communities and villages that include Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, Cannery Village, Corona del Mar, Fashion Island, Lido Marina Village, Mariners Mile and Upper Newport Bay.
Newport Beach contains some of the most exclusive real estate in Southern California and is surrounded by one of the world's largest small yacht harbors. Balboa Island is the largest. Lido Isle with Lido Marina Village, shops, art galleries, boutiques and boardwalk cafes plus Little Balboa Island, Linda Isle, Collins Island, Harbor Island and Bay Island make up the man-made harbors and lands that rank among the most exclusive in Orange County.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District prides itself on being an enriching high standard of educational practice. There are twenty-two elementary schools, two intermediate schools and four high schools.