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Find a Quiet Escape in Your John Wayne Thrifty Rental Car

Newport Beach is well known for sun, ten miles of sandy beaches and seaside town charm. If you’re driving through in your John Wayne Airport Thrifty rental car after you’ve landed, be sure to stop in at some of these attractions, including Fashion Island, Balboa Fun Zone or the Crystal Cove State Park.

Fashion Island
Looking for a new outfit? Head over to Fashion Island in your Thrifty rental car, located at 401 Newport Center Drive. Here you’ll find an upscale, open-air lifestyle center, featuring anchor stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Brook Brothers. Fashion Island is also home to a multitude of eateries, such as the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Roy’s, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and much more. During the Christmas holiday season, a large Christmas tree is lit in a courtyard outside of Bloomingdale’s. The trees are taken from a private timber area near Mount Shasta and shipped to Fashion Island in several pieces, which are then reassembled with steel rods.

Balboa Fun Zone
If the kids are in tow, consider a trip to the Balboa Fun Zone in your John Wayne Airport rental car. This attraction offers something for all ages, with retail shops, restaurants, several saloons, a boutique hotel, the Balboa Pier, the beach and the boardwalks along both the beach and the harbor fronts. Kids will especially love the Ocean Motion, Fish Pipe and Burt the Bull Shark. The Ocean Motion allows people to jump and flip through the air in an 18-foot-tall bungee ride. Inside the 11-foot diameter Fish Pipe, riders will love getting wet while sliding through a giant transparent plastic sphere rotating at 45 rpm. Try and hold on as Burt the Bull Shark tries to buck riders off his back. Burt is 12 feet long and weighs 2,000 pounds.

Crystal Cove State Park
Get away from the crowds of Newport Beach and escape to the peaceful Crystal Cove State Park. Just a short drive in your Thrifty rental car, this park offers rolling surf, sandy beaches, tide pools, gently sloping hills and deeply wooded canyons and ridges. It’s a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of Newport Beach, offering visitors one of Orange County's largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. The park has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness — perfect for outdoor lovers. Activities include mountain biking, scuba diving, swimming, surfing and hiking.