It's a small man-made island with local craft shops, restaurants, bakeries, and it's filled with adorable island houses. The entire perimeter of this island is only 2.6 miles. Surprisingly, I have never heard of this island and I quickly learned that this island is the most densely populated district in California.
When I arrived on the island I drove down Marine Avenue and could not find parking. Marine Avenue is where all the shops and restaurants are located, so I would have to be super lucky to find parking here. I ended up scoring a parking spot on Park Avenue in the residential area. I went on a Friday afternoon and I am assuming the weekends could be a bit tricky to find parking, so be prepared for the hunt!
My midi dress selections were on the casual side, which I needed since I knew I would be walking around quite a bit. Before I headed down the main street, I walked around looking at all the beautiful beach homes and cottages. A lot of them were vacant, so I was curious and looked up house rentals on Balboa Island and there were a ton of listings. Most of these homes are worth millions now, but the lots were originally sold for $250.00!
This island is tiny, but there are plenty of beaches nearby if you start experiencing island fever. I definitely want to go back and explore more of this unique location.
For styling tips on the midi dresses I am wearing in this post, check out my feature on Athleta’s CHI BLOG.
A special thanks to Liang Ge for taking these amazing photos.