Making Waves by Ferry Crossing in Newport Beach, California
Beach cities are usually known for their surfing or yachting. Sure, Newport Beach in California is known for these (and for shopping), but this jewel in So Cal also has a small fleet of quaint ferries. The Balboa Island Ferry Co. has been operating since 1919. Transporting only three cars and seventy passengers at a time, these 64-foot long floating platforms move 1.5 million riders each year, between the Newport peninsula and Balboa Island. Each trip is only ten minutes long, covering 1,000 feet, and moving only four mph each way. But there's a local charm to this form of maritime transportation. Marriage proposals have occurred onboard, and high school students wear their prom dresses and tuxes while crossing. Car passengers will open the sunroof and peek their heads over the roof, snapping photos.