PO Box 3134,  Newport Beach   CA   92659

 

OUR STORY

 

Who are we?

The Newport Beach Sister City Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation created in 1984.

We are members of Sister Cities International, a worldwide organization that promotes international relationships through understanding and cooperation.

How did all begin?

Two members of the Newport Balboa Rotary Club joined with a Rotary member in Okazaki, Japan to establish a reciprocal student exchange program between the two cities. Our organization was formed in order to facilitate this yearly event. 

In 1990, we formally established relationship with Antibes and to commemorate our new sister city, officials in Antibes, France (known as the“rose capital” of Europe), announced the creation of a new rose honoring our beach community.  To reciprocate Newport Beach leaders dedicated a rose garden in front of City Hall to the Mediterranean port village of Antibes.
Our most recent official twin city relationship is with Ensenada, Baja Mexico, even though we have very close ties since 1947 when founding members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) set out to promote the sport of ocean racing (Governor’s Cup), seamanship and the development of sailing activities in Southern California by hosting races for all those interested and decided to help fund junior programs and sponsor accomplished amateurs to support that mission. More than half a century later, and renamed Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) this 148.16 nmi race is one of the most important international events we as a community participate in.

What partnerships do we have?

NBSCA has become an independent organization that includes two other official partnerships:
               Antibes, France and
               Ensenada & Cabo San Lucas in
Baja California Mexico.

We have friendship agreements with:

Through cultural exchanges, education and friendship we promote international communication, understanding; and facilitated business, tourism, and cultural activities that involve our Sister Cities and the City of Newport Beach.


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History of Newport Beach 

The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County, California, with Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego county to the south.  It has an estimated permanent population of approximately 87,000, which swells to more than 100,000 during the summer months.


Throughout the 1800s, settlers began to settle the area and Newport grew substantially when, in 1870 a steamer captained by Capt. Samuel Dunnells safely steered through the bay of Newport where it unloaded its cargo.  James Irvine upon hearing this astonishing news, quickly met with his brother, Robert, and began to buy expansive amounts of land in the area.  In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Railway established a southern terminal, connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles.

In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Railway established a southern terminal, connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles.

Newport Beach is known for its fine residential areas, modern shopping facilities, strong business community and quality school system. It surrounds Newport Bay where about 4,300 boats are docked within the 21-square mile harbor.  The bay and the City’s eight miles of ocean beach offer outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing and other sports activities.  Its temperate climate and visual beauty provide an appealing environment to enjoy the many attractions offered.
Above Newport Beach in the 50s....
Below Newport Beach in 2016.