In addition to being a great spot for fishing, the pier is also home to the first of the famous Ruby?s Diner restaurants. Opened at the pier in the 1980s, the 1940s nostalgia-themed restaurant has become an Orange County landmark.
Also referred to as simply ?Balboa? or ?the Peninsula,? Balboa Peninsula was named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Though the area is primarily residential, it does have some commercial areas as well. In addition to being home to the Balboa Pier, Balboa Peninsula is also home to a number of Orange County landmarks. Among these are the Balboa Fun Zone, the Balboa Island Ferry, the Balboa Pavilion, The Crab Cooker, the Dory Fishing Fleet, Lovell Beach House, Newport Elementary School, Newport Pier and The Wedge. The center of the Peninsula is known as Balboa Village while the end of the Peninsula is called Balboa Peninsula Point. Balboa Pier is near the Balboa Ferry in Balboa Village.
半岛本身通过巴尔博亚大道（Balboa Boulevard）的1号公路（也称为太平洋海岸公路（PCH））与陆地相连。它也可以通过PCH在纽波特林荫大道上的大桥进行连接，也可以通过丽都岛的桥梁通过丽都岛（Lido Isle）进行连接。岛的西端通过桥梁与柯林斯岛相连，而东端则通过跨大运河的桥梁与小岛相连。
The area surrounding Balboa Pier is a popular spot for enjoying the beach. In addition to fishing at the pier, the waters are a popular location for surfers. In addition to Ruby?s Diner on the pier, there are several other restaurants located near the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Main Street. Peninsula Park, which offers a grassy area to relax or to toss a Frisbee, is located just south of the pier. Balboa Peninsula Beach is located further south of the park, while the paved Newport-Balboa Bike Trail runs in both directions from the pier. A large free parking lot can be found on the north side of Balboa Pier at the Palm Street entrance.