Fodor's Expert Review Balboa Peninsula
Newport's best beaches are on Balboa Peninsula, where many jetties pave the way to ideal swimming areas. The most intense spot for bodysurfing in Orange County, and arguably on the West Coast, known as the Wedge, is at the south end of the peninsula. It was created by accident in the 1930s when the Federal Works Progress Administration built a jetty to protect Newport Harbor. Rip currents and punishing waves mean it's strictly for the pros—but it sure is fun to watch an experienced local ride it.