A short walk from the bustling downtown Laguna Beach, this park is an amazing hidden oasis. The grassy bluff and the sandy beach with giant rocks and hidden caves makes this park a favorite spot for photographers, sunset watchers, picnickers, and even sea birds. There are also a variety of art stands selling local artwork.
Crystal Cove State Park spans 3.2 miles (5.15 kilometers) of beach and over 2000 acres (809.37 hectares) of wilderness. Visitors to the park can relax on the beach, hike or go horseback riding on the many trails that criss-cross the verdant landscape. Explore tide pools and hidden coves as well as canyon flora and fauna. Finally, the crystal clear waters have been designated as an underwater park and are great for scuba diving, skin diving, and underwater photography, thus covering all aspects of outdoor exploration.
The area is 900 acres (364 hectares) of estuary, marsh, and coastal sage scrub habit, and it is home to several endangered bird species. Seventy species of fish use the bay and during winter migration thousands of shorebirds and ducks either visit or spend the winter here. Kayak, canoe, walking and electric boat tours are offered and a state of the art Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach.
For those who can make only one stop in Corona del Mar, make it the Corona del Mar State Beach. This area alone can make everyone fall in love with CdM, a laid-back multi-million-dollar neighborhood accented by the Pacific, with streets lined by palm trees and flower beds. On the bluff, three signs mark beach access: Lookout Point, Main Beach and Inspiration Point. Each point has a different view, but all share Catalina Island in the background, and Newport Bay and Balboa Island in the foreground. A few steps towards the south end of Ocean Boulevard is a secluded cove near the Robert E. Badham Marine Life Refuge, and some of the most extravagant mansions follow.
A paradise for surfers, the Wedge is the name given to a particular location off the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. The spot is called so owing to the huge wedge-like waves that occur here due to the outstretched Newport Beach Jetty that lies in the path of the incoming tides from the North Pacific Ocean. With waves reaching as high as 30 feet (nine meters) at times, the Wedge occupies a very special place on the bucket list of most surfers and adventure seekers.
The Environmental Nature Center is a must-visit for every nature lovers touring Newport Beach. It’s a beautiful attraction lined with native plants and trees where several bird species dwell. A getaway for birding enthusiasts as well as those who love hiking, the center is a perfect break from city noises. It is dedicated to teaching children as well as adults about sustainable development and waste management, in addition to other subjects that aid in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Main Beach is probably the most photographed, and definitely the most visited beach in the city. Right in downtown, the location could not be more convenient. Most of the local attractions and popular eateries are within walking distance. While admiring the azure waters and sunbathing is the most popular activity, the beach park itself has a bunch of facilities such as volleyball and basketball areas, picnic tables, a children's play area, and protected tide pools where you can enjoy some of the cleanest water on the Pacific coast.
Get to know Laguna Beach by going on this interesting tour. Laguna Beach Walks is a pleasant 2 hour walking tour where you walk along the coastline and explore the downtown area. You'll see landmarks, public art, charming houses and delightful boutiques. As you walk you'll learn about the area from your knowledgeable and friendly guide. Make sure to wear your walking shoes!Please note that the different themed tours often met at different times and locations.
Enjoy the serene and picturesque locale of this seaside resort city on southern California's Pacific Coast. This beachside city has seven miles (11 kilometers) of soft, white sand beach, with space for fun beachside activities. Stay in one of the bed and breakfast facilities that dot the coastline and dine on local as well as international cuisine at restaurants on the main beach. Apart from the beach, the city's other major attractions include the Wilderness Park, The Laguna Playhouse and Laguna Art Museum. Being one of the most spectacular spots to watch sunsets and blessed with beautiful weather during most of the year, it's no wonder that this pristine resort city is one of California's major tourist destinations.
Away from the hordes of tourists, Cleo Street Beach is a secluded beach with gentle waves. This pet-friendly beach is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life and simply soaking up the rays and taking in the crisp ocean air. Although, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can also go scuba diving. Although there aren’t any coral reefs, divers can explore the wreckage of Foss 125, a barge that sunk more than 50 years ago. Don’t let the lack of amenities deter you from visiting this place. Whether you are looking for solitude or adventure, you need to look no further than Cleo Street Beach.
Also known as Fisherman's Cove, Boat Canyon Beach is a hidden gem that few know about. A stairway on the north side of Diver’s Cove Condominiums, off Cliff Drive, leads down to the sandy splendor of this secluded beach. The shore along the beach is strewn with rocks and there's a steep drop-off not far from the shore, making this a popular choice amongst divers. Although the beach is almost entirely submerged when the tide is in and is a perilous choice for swimmers, its beauty and allure cannot be denied. Visit Boat Canyon Beach for a leisurely stroll and a little sun-bathing away from the crowds that throng the city's better-known beaches.