Newport Beach Peninsula - features the flat, sandy expanses punctuated by jetties. The jetties are credited with creating the one-of-a-kind Wedge.
Balboa Island - is known for tiny beaches. Balboa and Newport
Beach's manmade island don't have much sand--not like the peninsula!
You'll find beach goers here mostly staying in the island cottages.
Corona del Mar - could easily be its own city and it nearly was. However, it is part of Newport Beach, though many don't realize that. The beaches here are at the base of cliffs, in general.
Crystal Cove & Newport Coast - The steeper cliffs of Corona del Mar aren't quite as steep in this region. The beaches here are operated by California State Parks and include the popular, historic beach cottages you can rent. This portion of coastline border Laguna Beach.