5 fun beach-bound trips in Los Angeles

1) Balboa Island

A mere 45 miles from LA, this man-made island in Newport Beach is a sunny bit of seaside heaven. It’s charming and quaint and the real estate is some of the most expensive in the US. Arrested Development fans will recognize this as the site of the Bluth’s frozen banana stand.

sailboat balboa island

Balboa Island


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