Newport Beach Sister City Association
Friendship Statue at Central Library donated by City of Okazaki
In 1956, President Eisenhower initiated the "People to People Program" as a conduit for "Greater International Understanding" through "direct, close and abiding communication between cities." Today, over 900 U.S. cities have established affiliations with cities worldwide. California leads the country with 188 sister cities.
The Newport Beach Sister City Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization which endeavors to promote international communication, understanding, education and friendship between the people of Newport Beach and the people of foreign cities. These principles are accomplished through the following activities:
- Cultural Exchanges
- Business Exchanges
- Student & Teacher Exchanges
- Student Scholarships
- Host Families
- Fund Raising
As a member, you will be able to learn about new cultures, customs and lifestyles; meet interesting people with mutual interests; travel to our sister cities with other members; participate in association fund-raising events; attend parties and dinners to commemorate foreign holidays; assist in event-planning by volunteering on committees; and share our goals for international unity.
OKAZAKI, JAPAN is located 200 miles west of Tokyo and has a population of 350,648. Okazaki is the birthplace of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.The city is best known for its production of stonework, miso, fireworks, centers for automobile, chemical and textile industries and biological research.
ANTIBES, FRANCE is located on the southern coast of France, on the Mediterranean, between Nice and Cannes. Antibes is best known as the Rose Capital of Europe and the home of the largest yachts in the world.
ENSENADA, B.C. , MEXICO is our closest sister city. While we are currently committed to establishing more programs, we enjoy an art exchange with the elementary school children and have it displayed at local businesses. Most notably though, is our years of celebrating the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.