Tucked away in Newport Beach is the quaint and secluded Newport Dunes beach, marina, and resort that is just a short drive from Fashion Island and the iconic beaches of Southern California.
Newport Dunes is an upscale resort that ties together coastal California locale and modern, luxury amenities. The 110-acre resort and marina is located in the Back Bay of Newport Beach and features an RV resort, water park, luxury beachfront hotel and dining, cabanas, sailing and so much more.
RV Resort and Camping
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina offers an RV resort with exceptional amenities and full hookups on each site. One car is free and each additional car is $25. Tent camping is allowed on select sites. Pets are welcome at the resort for a small fee. The RV resort is located right on the sand with beach and bayfront views giving vacationers the experience of a lifetime. The Newport Dunes RV Resort was named one of the Top 15 Best Luxury RV resorts by Campanda Magazine in 2020 for amenities that rival local five-star hotels.
- Hydrotherapy pools
- Beach access
- Beachfront dining
- Inflatable Obstacle Course
- 1250 Square foot beach front camp sites
- 1575 square foot supersites
- Picnic tables
- Full hook-ups
- Concrete driveways
- Beach accessible courtyard
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary TV Channels
- Concrete pads on select sites
Swimming Pools and Cabanas
For Resort guests, a full state of the art pool complex features four pools and poolside cabanas. Pools are open daily for resort guests only and cabanas are available for an additional fee. Poolside food service from Moe B’s Munchies is available Wednesday through Sunday. Moe B’s Munchies offers poolside pizza, burgers, and margaritas for all to give guests a luxurious experience.
If camping is not your thing, make a reservation at the Newport Dunes Beachfront Cottages where the full amenities of the RV campgrounds can be found permanently affixed to the beautiful bayside cabins. The pet-friendly cottages feature 1,299 square feet of comfortable space that can sleep up to six people. Each cottage has an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy unobstructed beachfront views, Wi-Fi, and beach access. Cottages boast an open layout, an upstairs loft, and full access to the resort. Reservations can be made online.
Newport Dunes Water Park
Voted Best of OC by the LA Times, The Newport Dunes Water Park offers tourists and locals relaxation and fun on the water for the whole family. The Newport Dunes Water Park is in various parts of the resort both on and off the Back Bay.
The waterpark is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the inflatable obstacle course is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the entire summer through the beginning of October.
Is an obstacle course not your thing? Don’t worry, the water park offers rentals by the hour for stand up paddle boards, double and singles kayaks, paddle boats, and inflatables for those of us who want to soak up the sun on the peaceful water.
For added adventure, participate in Radiant Rides, the starlit stand up paddle board adventure. The SUP experience allows adventurers to see wildlife that normally is in hiding under the sun. Guests can book and rent online.
Relax On the Water
While the resort can surely be exciting and draw summertime crowds for all the amenities offered at Newport Dunes, it also can offer a quaint day away. Newport Dunes Waterfront rents all-electric Duffy Boat Rentals for the whole family to enjoy all year long complete with overhead canopies and window enclosures. The boats are essentially silent and allow for a relaxing day under the sun or a party on the water. If you’re looking for local wildlife, the Back Bay is home to various animals including dolphins, sea turtles, jellyfish, sea lions, and more that you can interact with in the Resort Bay from a distance.
Own a boat? If so be sure to check out the perfect location to launch your boat conveniently into Newport Dunes where amenities include a premier boat launch, wash racks, extra-wide concrete docks and dry storage. The amenities don’t stop there however.
Marina Guests are treated to a complimentary Newport Dunes Marina Club Membership when your boat is docked here so you can enjoy a five star meal either on your boat or at the water-front restaurant. Membership also offers holiday celebrations and on the water entertainment.
The Marina Club amenities include access to the clubhouse, fitness center, and pool at the resort, the beach, laundry facility, discounts on room rates, water park and rentals, and resort outlets.
Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay
Each evening during the holiday season the resort hosts Lighting of the Bay, an event where the bay is lit up with more than fifty lighted holiday displays and Christmas trees. Guests can also roast s’mores around Newport Dunes’ public fire pits which are available on a first-come basis and s’mores kits can be purchased from the onsite market.
The Future and Conservation
The resort is celebrating over 60 years in business and is looking towards the future. With that, they have joined the Sustainability in Hospitality Movement which puts stress on the hotel industry to be environmentally conscious.
The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina partnered with Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, Newport Bay Conservancy, and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to develop new ideas in the hotel industry to become more sustainable for generations to come. From this, the resort has moved to become paper-conscious and move digitally whenever possible.
Every aspect of the hotel’s operations has been shifted to be environmentally conscious. The resort has various initiatives to conserve, including an Organic Initiative which aids in promoting animal and human welfare through non-toxic, recyclable and biodegradable products, this includes organic produce and food, ethically-raised meats, and low carbon footprint practices.
Four R’s Initiative reiterates recycling and includes reducing the amount of waste, reusing containers, paper and recharging batteries, recycling materials and using items that are biodegradable as well as regrowing through replanting trees. The resort restricts barbecues, grills and glass on the beach or grass to maintain clean air quality. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort gives back to the community by donating a percentage of every reservation to charities.
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