A harbor lined with gorgeous homes with docks for yachts; wide, sandy beaches; huge homes on the bluffs and hills behind with endless ocean views.... Newport Beach is an oceanfront paradise, the county jewel. Balboa Peninsula and seven man-made islands house the rich and often famous. Summer beach visitors along the Newport peninsula number more than a million. There’s distinctive shopping on charming Balboa Island and in lovely Corona del Mar. Up the hill in Newport Center is Fashion Island, one of the county’s premier retail destinations—with 200 stores, boutiques and an impressive array of fine restaurants—and Corona del Mar Plaza. To the south, in affluent Newport Coast, is Crystal Cove Shopping Center.