Stunning beaches, glistening sand, gorgeous coastlines & million dollar yachts is just a sampling of what can be found in this luxury beach community. Imagine the sun kissing your skin, the salty smell of ocean in the air, a cool breeze blowing gently through your hair, leisurely taking in the sights of this laid back town. Tanned locals can be found enjoying the near perfect year-round weather and fighting boredom with a multitude of outdoor activities.
There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping water activities to keep you entertained – surfing, kayaking, boating, whale watching, paddle boarding, gondoliering, sport fishing, water jet-pack flying, parasailing and hydrobiking, along with first-class shopping and unique boutiques to browse. This is an affluent, but laid-back community where you can simply relax and enjoy yourself.
If you're looking for a nice beach to relax or try some water activities, check out Newport Beach. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is a pristine estuary great for hiking, biking and birding. Take advantage of the ferries and visit Balboa Island & Ferry. If you have a few more days to enjoy the area, Catalina Island is a wonderful day trip.
A multitude of dining choices can be found from relaxed diners to five-course meals. The Crab Cooker has excellent seafood. Bear Flag Fish Company is known for their fish tacos. Mama D's Italian is a quintessential charming Italian restaurant with great food. Beachcomber Cafe is perfect if you'd like something more relaxed - sandwiches and burgers. II Farro has excellent pastas and other Italian specialties.
So, what is an LDS temple doing in this area? Despite much criticism from residents, the Church pressed forward and made several concessions to gain public approval, including lowering the spire from 124 feet to 90 feet and turning off flood lighting by 11:00 p.m. Also, the off-white shade of the planned temple did not sit well with residents. The Church was able to get Salisbury pink granite from North Carolina, which created an earth-tone shade of seashell to the finished building. The temple is the Southern California Traditional style. The temple was built in this area to serve the vast populations of Mormons in California. There are currently 7 temples in California, the most temples in any state besides Utah.