The Newport Beach Sister City Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation that has been in existence for over three decades.  In 1984 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.  The rest is history. 

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

We are members of Sister Cities International, a worldwide organization that promotes International understanding. 

Their website, www.sister-cities.org  is a most informative source for learning more about the Sister Cities Organization.


Our mission is to promote international communication and understanding through cultural exchanges, education and friendship.  Membership benefits include learning more about our sister cities’ cultures, customs, values and lifestyles and taking part in travel opportunities to our sister cities with other members.  Members can also become involved with the student exchanges, attend events related to our sister cities and their various international holidays and enjoy mixers with other community organizations. Members can help with fundraisers, assist in planning by volunteering on various committees and in the process meet interesting people with mutual interests.


With that mission in mind, NBSCA has acted as a facilitator for business, tourism, and cultural activities that involve our Sister Cities and City of Newport Beach.   As a result of a recent NBSCA members and City dignitaries visit to Antibes for a week long Bastille Day celebration, Gary Sherwin of Visit Newport is going to host a group from the Antibes Tourism Board, who will gather ideas for promoting tourism for their new convention center, the Congress. Alan Oleson, representing the Newport Beach yacht clubs, met with the Antibes yacht club officials to work on a student sailing exchange between our two cities, and a local Newport artist was made aware of an “artist in residence” opportunity in Antibes. 


A Board of Directors consisting of 10-20 members is elected by the membership each year.  The Board also consists of a liaison from the City of Newport Beach, a liaison from the Newport Mesa Unified School District and several students from the local high schools.  Officers are elected by the Board.  Committee chairmen are chosen from the Board or the general membership.  The Board meets on the third Thursday of the month at the OASIS Senior Center conference room.  Members are invited to attend Board Meetings.





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.

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.