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Balboa Island shifted from its primary existence as a travel destination to a more well-rounded community, with a robust history and renowned desserts. For the last 75 years, this coastal town has been known for their Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana. Created by a local shop, Sugar N’ Spice, these sweets are dipped in chocolate and coated with any topping of your choice. Re-created on the “Arrested Development” show, these Balboa Island desserts are now known around the world.

Balboa Island Museum

According to the LA Times, Balboa Island Museum was voted “The Best of the Southland: Orange County.” Situated among Marine Ave. shops and restaurants, the museum offers insight into local history with local and veteran resources for free admission. There are exhibits on the Balboa Island Ferry, and local residents John Wayne, famous Hollywood actor, and Joseph Allen Beek, Secretary of the Senate from 1919 to 1968. It additionally has meeting and event rooms for rent, along with a Kids Scavenger Hunt to participate in.


With a quick drive, bike, or walk across the infamous Marine Ave, Balboa Island is easily accessible. Balboa Island Ferry is another popular mode of transportation. Constructed in 1919, this scenic yet direct route navigates between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. Offering low fares for year-round service, this ride is a great opportunity to see different city views and support a small business. Wheelchair access is available; please signal for assistance.

Looking For An Aquatic Adventure Nearby? Come Over To Voyagers Rentals!

Located near the Balboa Island Ferry dock, Voyagers Rentals carries an 8-seater and 12-seater duffy boat. These electric aquatic vessels are perfect for cruising around Newport Bay with friends, family, or coworkers. With competitively affordable prices, this is a perfect experience for relaxation and quality time.