Riva de Balboa Is Making Waves in Newport’s Boating Biz
Written By: Jane Adler
Photographed by: Jane Adler
Care to captain a beautiful classic boat for a carefree bay cruise? Enter Riva de Balboa, a local business bringing nostalgia back to the bay. Their inventory of electric boats will have you reminiscing on the good times while making new memories with your mates. Boating is the preferred method of transportation in Newport Beach, an infatuation that is engrained in the DNA of this iconic town. Riva de Balboa is reinventing the wheel, so to speak, all while paying homage to the old-school vintage vessels that once called this harbor home.
Riva de Balboa is located on Balboa Island’s south bayfront next to the ferry. The company was started by the Teller family, with daughter Jodi at the helm. The Teller family recognized a need in the electric boat marketplace for a more upscale cruising option, so they created their own line of one-of-a-kind watercraft.
“It was a niche that really needed to be filled,” says Jodi. Their classic and elegant cruisers are eye-catching and embody the essence of modern luxury. “People love the nostalgia. Everyone loves the classic look of these Mahogonite(™) boats, it just brings them back to their childhood.”
There is no shortage of interesting places in Newport harbor, which means plenty of places to slip and sip, dock and dine, and rock and California roll in your Riva de Balboa rental. Nothing kick starts an ocean adventure quite like a maritime Mai Tai at Billy’s. Keep your hunger at bay by cruising over to Lido Marina for a bevy of bites ranging from fish and chips at Circle Hook, farm-fresh fare at Malibu Farm, or nautical noshes at Nobu. Date night? Motor over to The Cannery, Bluewater Grill, or Buddha’s Belly for seafood with a view that is sure to impress even the most skeptical skipper.
Riva de Balboa offers a concierge service to ensure everything from your glass to your gauge is always full as they take the backbreaking work out of boating. They are working on partnering with local businesses to offer dock and dine deals, specialty catered items and much more!
Native Knowledge: Contact Riva de Balboa for hourly rates or join their monthly membership club for sea-worthy savings to satisfy your cruising cravings.
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