Where to Celebrate July 4th in Newport Beach

Newport Beach and July 4th go together like peanut butter and jelly (or, for the party inclined, 2 a.m. vodka shots and a nasty hangover). A perennial favorite on Who’s Who lists of the best July 4th celebrations nationwide, Newport Beach (and specifically, Balboa Peninsula) gets its reputation for a red-white-and-blue good time for good…

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5 Apps to Turn Your Beach Photos into Masterpieces

When you’re a small publication, you have to be thrifty. The person writing your stories might be the same person taking photos, editing images and uploading content. You do what you can to make it work. It’s the difference between gently plucking on a guitar or swinging fast and loud with a big band; no matter…

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In Case You Need Saturday Plans, Snoop Dogg is DJing Time Nightclub

Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with a live set by DJ Snoopadelic A.K.A. Snoop Dogg? (Spoiler alert: There isn’t.) OK, so now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s more: Snoop Dogg, the eponymous rapper responsible for more than 30 million records sold worldwide (plus a few GRAMMY awards,…

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5 Summer Movies to Watch Before Summer

Excuse me Newport Beach but do you know you’re … Newport Beach? That means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to Newport Beach Weekends, you must be ceaselessly sunny on weekends and also provide as good or better weather than all states along the Eastern coastline. (How can we possibly maintain our reputation as the “Best Coast” if New…

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Where the Wild Gyms Are

After what seems like an endless barrage of cloudy days and cold, wind-whipped nights, today the sun is finally shining. It’s the perfect weather to ditch the gym and instead, have yourself a little fitness session in the great outdoors. Plus, with Fitbits, Apple Watches and even an old, trusty smartphone, it’s easier than ever…

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Countdown to the Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Is On

Crank up the Van Morrison and sing along to “Moondance” because early this Wednesday morning, Southern California will become the hottest spot for the coolest lunar eclipse since well, the mid-1800s. Starting at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday, a Super Blue Blood Moon will rise majestically in our fair sky, peaking at 5:29 a.m. By 6:07 a.m.…

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Ho Sum Bistro Is Back

Ho Sum Bistro is officially open. The good word arrives after more than a year of silence; in June 2016 a devastating fire shut the place down. Before its unexpected closure, Ho Sum Bistro had something of a cult following. Diners came for the Ho Sum Chicken Salad (and famed dressing) and left completely happy.…

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Newport Beach Restaurant Week: Where to Dine on Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Village and Balboa Island

Newport Beach Restaurant Week is hard. So many choices, only 14 days of culinary bliss. It’s also confusing because the week is actually not a week at all; it’s two weeks—this year happening Jan 15 to 28—when restaurants across Newport Beach and Balboa Peninsula forego their usual pricing to offer diners sweet, sweet specials on…

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Gas Prices on the Rise in Newport Beach

If you’re planning a weekend road trip to Big Bear today, know that it’ll cost you to fuel up. According to the latest figures, the national gas price average, now at $2.491/gallon, has reached a four-year high. In Orange County, the average price is even steeper than the nationwide average, rising to $3.185/gallon. And in…

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Balboa Peninsula, This Is Our Story

As 2018 begins, we want to thank you—the community of Balboa Peninsula and beyond—for supporting West Oceanfront Magazine in whatever form your support has taken; maybe you’ve read some of our recent articles, commented on a story, followed us on Instagram, liked one of our tweets or simply found our Facebook page and it led…

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