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Marina Boat Rentals

600 E Bay Ave., Newport Beach

$33 for a One-Hour Runabout Boat Rental at Marina Boat Rentals

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  • 16' runabout boat rental
  • Cruise through Newport Bay
  • Seats up to four adults
  • No boating license necessary

Customer Reviews

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3 ratings3 reviews
September 30, 2014
This was my first time ever driving a boat. The person explained everything thoroughly and though I was a bit nervous, everything turned out just fine!
ilatop reviewer
13 ratings6 reviews
September 30, 2014
Great staff, wonderful experience . I would highly recommend
nancyhelpful reviewer
5 ratings2 reviews
September 24, 2014
Friendly staff- sailboat was really easy to navigate- all lines were labeled and it almost sailed by itself=fun!
Sharycetop reviewer
16 ratings12 reviews
September 15, 2014
Had a blast enjoying the OC weather. Paperwork was quick and easy, staff is friendly.
2 ratings1 reviews
September 15, 2014
Nice efficient staff. Had a great experience.
1 ratings1 reviews
September 13, 2014
Great time.
4 ratings3 reviews
September 10, 2014
1 hour isn't very long, but it was a great short trip!
1 ratings1 reviews
September 8, 2014
Pretty easy to get to... show up 20-30 minutes prior to departure to get parked and situated. I've done this deal twice now and it's great fun! Bring some towels, water, and snacks for your ride and wear sun protection. Can't wait to do it again!
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About This Deal

Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water-road ride with today’s Groupon: for $33, you get a one-hour runabout boat rental at Marina Boat Rentals (a $69 value). No boating license is necessary to drive the boat.

Located in the Balboa Fun Zone waterfront, Marina Boat Rentals offers self-guided tours of Newport Bay in a 16' marina runabout boat, which can fit up to four adults, or a Wookiee and a smaller Wookiee. Although the boats look fast, each is governed to the maximum harbor speed, a blazing 5 mph, making it ideal for a sunset cruise, a water picnic, or a floating lecture on condensed-matter physics. While piloting your private vessel, you can soak in Newport Bay's 27 square miles of sights, including seven islands, celebrity homes, and the abundant wildlife of paparazzi. If vivid flashbacks of Party of Five encourage you to party in a group of five or more, you can use the $69 value of today's Groupon toward a larger boat rental. You can also purchase up to two Groupons and use them to extend the boat-rental time.

Most people experience the city on land. Whether going to work, driving across town, or selling stolen DVDs on street corners, there's no opportunity to sit back and soak in all that's Newport Beach. Even tourists commonly spend their time rushing from attraction to attraction without taking in the bigger picture. A self-guided cruise from Marina Boat Rentals provides a fresh perspective that even the oldest Newport resident (Mary Higgins, 47) can appreciate. Boat rentals are subject to availability, so reservations are recommended.


Three Yelpers give Marina Boat Rentals a perfect five-star rating:

  • The staff couldn't have been nicer or more laid back. This might become an annual thing. – Jen K.
  • Marina Boat Rentals--what a great way to party! – Maria T.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must be at least 18 years old to drive boat. Valid for up to 4 people. Not valid evenings from 12/15-12/19. Not valid 5/8/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Marina Boat Rentals

Marina Boat Rentals’ diverse fleet of runabouts, deck boats, and electric boats enables hydrophiles of all stripes to sail the placid waters of Newport Bay. Before embarking from Balboa Peninsula's amusement-lined promenade, captains-for-a-day are briefed on rules for safe operation of their vessel and given a detailed map of the area. Twenty-seven square miles of open water provide plenty of safe space to navigate along the shores and islets lined with celebrity homes and enclaves of celebrity seals.

With boat speeds peaking at 5 mph, crews can expect a leisurely ride, ideal for lounging onboard or winning staring contests against passing tugboat captains. Additionally, the staff outfits all the boats with an AM/FM stereo, and invites guests to bring food and drinks aboard.