Think Newport Beach, CA, and the first things that pop into your head are the sun, sand, and surfers riding those ginormous waves heading towards the Newport Beach Pier on a sunny Saturday morning. As upscale and magnificent as this sounds, there is way more to this beautiful city than the trademark activities of yachting, surfing, and shopping.
This might take you by surprise, but Newport Beach is one of California’s most attractive wellness destinations. Surrounded by the picturesque Huntington Beach, Balboa Island, Corona Del Mar, and Costa Mesa, Newport Beach offers plenty of interesting places and activities to help you take your mind off things and improve your health and wellness naturally. So if you are looking for a good place to unwind, relax, and rediscover your inner peace, here are some of the best things you can do on your visit to Newport Beach:
1. Hike through the wilderness at Crystal Cove.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
With over 18 miles of lush, green, and mountainous terrain to hike across, Crystal Cove State Park is a real treat to the senses. The park hosts a scenic beachfront cove and provides stunning views of the ocean from coastal cliffs and is also home to a beautiful underwater park.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the remarkable effects of a relaxing hike through Crystal Cove. Bird watching along the trail will help you reconnect with nature, and the hike itself will boost your cognitive and mental health significantly, motivating you to make positive changes in your life and boost your productivity.
2. Cool off with a swim at the Newport Beach Pier.
“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” ― Chuang-Tzu
Swimming is the perfect activity to build your physical and mental wellness as it helps boost circulation and manage stress or anxiety as you cool off, muting out the flurry of noise around you. Add to this, the repetitive nature of your actions and you can easily approach a meditative state to help you relax in the water.
The Newport Beach Pier and the Balboa Beach Pier are both ideal destinations to head to while you’re in Newport Beach. These beaches are also popular for a host of other activities including cycling, boating, fishing, and surfing but if you’re looking for something calming and rejuvenating at the same time, then swimming’s the right choice for you!
3. Free your mind on the golf course.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ― Lao Tzu
Golf is one of those sports that is just perfect for people of all ages and yet the physical activity involved is proven to be vastly beneficial to one’s mental and physical health. More than 5000 studies studying the link between golf and wellness indicate the sport helps improve cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health. This shouldn’t be very surprising, considering the level of physical activity involved (a golfer playing the full course will end up covering 4 to 8 miles and burning at least 500 calories), but what’s interesting is that this physical activity helps reduce the risk of anxiety and depression, and the physical benefits of golf only seem to get better with age.
You can head to the Pelican Hill Golf Club or the Newport Beach Golf Course for a refreshing game of golf in Newport Beach.
4. Hit those scenic jogging trails!
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown
Shed those worries like the sweat on your back as you jog through any of Newport Beach’s refreshing jogging trails. Jog right alongside the coastline at Inspiration Point or hit those forest trails at Crystal Cove as you finish a good workout in no time.
Not only will this help you cut down your stress and anxiety levels, but soon enough, your stamina and endurance will go up and your lung capacity will improve in the long run (pun intended!).
5. Discover tranquillity in solitude.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”– Anonymous
Reconnect with the natural surroundings as you meditate under the sunny South Californian sun, engaged in silent conversation with the incessant crashing of the waves or the omnipresent sounds of scattered wildlife. There’s really nothing like it. Meditating in the outdoors can be vastly beneficial for your mental and physical wellness as well. Apart from finding yourself in tune with the natural vibrations of the world around you, the additional vitamin D boost will satisfy your body’s requirements; just make sure you have some sunscreen handy before you head outside.
Now you might think it’s hard to find a secluded or quiet area in a place as densely populated as Newport Beach, but there is no shortage of peaceful locations for you to visit and make your own for a short while. Pirate’s Cove Beach, Little Corona Del Mar Beach, Inspiration Point, and Crystal Cove State Park are highly recommended location for a quiet session of reflection outdoors.
6. Relax and rejuvenate at Hylunia Wellness MD Spa
If you’re looking for a luxurious and refreshing spa experience on your day out, then look no further than Hylunia Wellness MD Spa. Located just minutes away from Newport Beach, this wellness spa will invite you into a world of blissful relaxation and help you recharge your batteries away from the demands of the outside world. With well-trained therapists plying their craft, you will feel the tension ebb away from your body as you lose yourself in the experience.
Hylunia Wellness MD Spa is a Wellness Spa located minutes away from Newport Beach in the city of Costa Mesa, CA. Founded on Ayurvedic principles, the spa provides a number of day spa services such as body wraps, facials, detox, massage, and waxing while offering classes on yoga, wellness, and meditation.