If you’d rather stay dry, the Newport Harbor is a great place to learn how to sail. Sign up for a one- or two-person class with Newport Beach Sailing School to get plenty of hands-on training as you learn to captain a small sailboat. Advanced students can sign up for multi-day sailing courses and learn how to skipper a catamaran.

Surf and Sail

The waves on Newport Beach are great for surfing, and even if you’ve never set foot on a surfboard, you can learn how through Newport Beach Surfing Lessons. A two-hour lesson with an experienced teacher costs $159, or if you already know the ropes, a surfboard rental costs just $20 for two hours.


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