Playas del Condado de Orange

Ir a la playa es una de las actividades más populares en el Condado de Orange, California . El Condado de Orange tiene 40 millas de costa que atraviesa siete ciudades, con tres playas principales del estado y algunas playas del condado entre ellas, que puede reconocer por las cambiantes torres de salvavidas y las diferentes tarifas de estacionamiento.

Las playas del condado de Orange tienen tantas personalidades diferentes como las playas de Los Ángeles , con muchos paisajes distintos. Algunos también son más conocidos por actividades particulares. A diferencia del condado de Los Ángeles, donde muy pocas playas tienen fogatas, la mayoría de las ciudades de playa en el condado de Orange desde Huntington Beach South tienen algunas fogatas, y algunas tienen cientos.

La costa corre en diagonal de noroeste a sureste a lo largo del Condado de Orange, por lo que la costa general se enfrenta predominantemente al suroeste, pero las playas individuales pueden estar completamente orientadas al sur o al oeste. Para los amantes de las fotos, el sol se pone más directamente sobre el agua en las playas orientadas al sur en invierno, pero se pone a la derecha sobre la tierra en verano. Las playas orientadas al sur también tienen menos probabilidades de ser playas de surf debido a las olas más tranquilas, especialmente en las playas de cala.

La autopista 1 corre a lo largo del océano, a veces directamente sobre el agua, a veces separada por casas o negocios. Es conocida como Pacific Coast Highway hasta llegar a Laguna Beach, donde cambia a Coast Highway por unas pocas millas. En Dana Point, Coast Highway aparece nuevamente como la carretera de la costa cuando la Highway 1 se fusiona con la Interstate 5 Freeway. Cuando llega a San Clemente, el nombre cambia a El Camino Real y vira hacia el interior nuevamente y también se une a la Interestatal 5. Una variedad de caminos locales conducen a los puntos de acceso a la playa limitados en San Clemente.

Nota:  He incluido algunas actividades por las que se conocen playas específicas, pero lo que está permitido en qué playa puede cambiar dependiendo de las condiciones de surf, el clima y otros peligros, así que preste atención a las señales publicadas. Las áreas designadas de natación y surf pueden cambiar de un día a otro.

Playa de foca

Seal Beach  es la playa más septentrional del Condado de Orange, justo al otro lado de la línea del condado de las playas de  Long Beach . Es una playa de barrio muy pequeña. Unas pocas cuadras de las tiendas de la calle principal conducen al muelle. Las casas van directamente a la playa, por lo que el estacionamiento está en el vecindario, con un pequeño estacionamiento en la playa en el extremo norte, cerca del canal del río San Gabriel y a ambos lados del muelle.

Seal Beach Beach está separada de Long Beach por Alamitos Bay y el río San Gabriel, y separada de Surfside Beach por Anaheim Bay y los restos de la estación naval de Seal Beach, por lo que no hay continuación de ciclovía.

Surfside Beach es una pequeña franja de arena en la ciudad de Seal Beach, al otro lado de la bahía de Anaheim. Está en el extremo noroeste de Sunset Beach. Se ejecuta frente a la colonia cerrada de Surfside, 3 hileras de casas desde la bahía de Anaheim hasta la calle Anderson, aproximadamente a lo largo del centro comercial a través de Pacific Coast Highway en Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach en Huntington Beach

La ciudad de Huntington Beach , también conocida como Surf City USA, tiene 10 millas de playa, entre ellas Sunset Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach City Beach y Huntington State Beach. 

Sunset Beach solía ser su propia ciudad no incorporada, pero ahora es parte de la ciudad de Huntington Beach. Sin embargo, la playa sigue siendo una playa del condado y todavía tiene su propia personalidad, separada de Huntington Beach propiamente dicha por Bolsa Chica State Beach. 

Al igual que Seal Beach, las casas en Sunset Beach están construidas justo en la playa. Sunset Beach se extiende desde Anderson Street en el noroeste, donde verás una torre de agua convertida en un hogar en el medio de la calle, hasta Warner en el extremo sureste. Hay una calle más pequeña, Pacific Avenue, entre dos bloques de casas en el lado de la playa. Hay numerosos restaurantes y bares a lo largo de PCH. Hay estacionamiento gratuito en la playa a lo largo de Pacific Avenue desde Anderson hacia el sur hasta un pequeño parque en Warner, justo antes de Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Sunset Beach también es conocida por Huntington Harbour , un barrio de marina interior con mansiones y yates que bordean una serie de islas artificiales. Puedes practicar kayak o remo alrededor del puerto de Huntington desde una pequeña playa de bolsillo a través de PCH desde la calle 11. Hay negocios de alquiler de deportes acuáticos a ambos lados de la pequeña playa. Hay algunas pequeñas playas de bolsillo alrededor del puerto que son útiles para tomarse un descanso si está navegando en kayak, incluida una con un parque infantil e instalaciones de baños en Seabridge Park.

 

Playa Estatal Bolsa Chica

Bolsa Chica State Beach está a 2.4 millas de playa plana bordeada de estacionamientos directamente al otro lado de la Pacific Coast Highway desde la Reserva Ecológica Bolsa Chica. Se extiende desde Warner Avenue en el extremo norte hasta la entrada de la Cuenca Bolsa Chica justo antes de Seapoint Street hacia el sur. 

Bolsa Chica es una de las pocas playas con fogatas y estacionamiento para vehículos recreativos, por lo que es una playa popular para fiestas. También es una playa de surf popular, ya que hay muchos estacionamientos (de pago) y hay un pase anual disponible para estacionar. Hay concesiones de playa en el medio del estacionamiento en verano, pero en la temporada baja, tendrá que traer su propia comida o salir de la playa para buscar refrigerios. 

El sendero para bicicletas Huntington Beach comienza en el extremo noroeste de la playa Bolsa Chica. El sendero para bicicletas corre sobre la playa, no a través de la arena como en otros lugares. 

No hay alquiler de bicicletas u otros equipos en Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Huntington Beach City Beach

Huntington Beach City Beach rodea el muelle y el distrito comercial y de entretenimiento del centro. La ciudad de Huntington Beach tiene más raíces de clase trabajadora que las ciudades de playa más al sur. Toda la costa solía estar bordeada por torres de perforación de petróleo, y los extremos norte y sur de la playa todavía tienen áreas industriales frente al mar justo en la Pacific Coast Highway. También verá algunas torres de perforación de petróleo en la costa. 

Si solo desea experimentar ese estilo de vida relajado de surfista, aún puede encontrarlo en Huntington Beach, y puede ser un poco más asequible que las playas más meridionales.

Main Street y el muelle son el corazón de Huntington Beach. Cuando los surfistas locales no están montando las olas a ambos lados del muelle, están tomando una bebida en varios pozos de agua centrados en el surf a lo largo de Main Street. Ambos lados del muelle son territorio de surfistas nativos, por lo que si no eres local, es mejor buscar cualquiera de los otros 14 saltos a lo largo de este tramo de costa. Si está alquilando una tabla de surf, o incluso si no lo está, las tiendas de surf pueden orientarlo en la dirección correcta para encontrar las olas adecuadas para su nivel de experiencia donde no se encontrará con los habituales.  

Si quieres encontrarte con los surfistas locales, puedes intentar tomar una copa con el grupo más joven en Huntington Beach Beer Company, conocida cariñosamente como Brewco, o unirte a la tripulación compartiendo cuentos y cervezas en Longboards en el edificio más antiguo de Huntington Beach .

Alejándose de sus raíces, la ciudad ha agregado una serie de gastropubs de lujo y excelentes restaurantes para compensar los bares de surfistas y moteros. También han agregado el moderno centro comercial Pacific City justo en Pacific Coast Highway, justo al sur de Main Street.

Huntington Beach City Beach está separada de las casas y tiendas del interior por Pacific Coast Highway. Hay concesiones de alimentos, bicicletas, patines, surrey, tablas de surf y otras concesiones de alquiler de equipos en la playa en varios lugares (más sobre Huntington Beach Bike Rentals ). También puede toparse con kiteboarders. Ruby’s Diner al final del muelle y Duke’s al pie del muelle son clásicos de Huntington Beach.

En el extremo norte de la playa, desde Seapoint hasta Goldenwest, se encuentra Huntington Dog Beach, una playa que admite perros durante todo el año. No se permiten animales en ninguna otra playa de la ciudad. Hay estacionamientos de pago y exhibición y algunos medidores en esta área que aceptan monedas o tarjetas de crédito. 

El estacionamiento en el lote de South Beach en Huntington City Beach, accesible desde Beach Boulevard, tiene la misma tarifa diaria que las playas estatales. Si solo se queda unas pocas horas, los lotes de playa de pago y exhibición cerca del muelle tienen una tarifa por hora más económica, al igual que algunos de los estacionamientos al otro lado de PCH. (más sobre estacionamiento en Huntington Beach ). También puede tomar clases de surf, surf de remo y otras clases de deportes acuáticos de los proveedores de Huntington Beach. 

La única forma en que sabrá que ha pasado de Huntington Beach City Beach a Huntington Beach State Beach, donde Beach Boulevard se encuentra con la playa, es que las torres de salvavidas azules en la playa de la ciudad dan paso a torres de color beige en la playa estatal y el los pozos de fuego cuadrados cambian a pozos de fuego redondos. También hay diferentes señales si gira a la derecha o izquierda en la entrada de Beach Blvd a los estacionamientos.

El sendero para bicicletas Huntington Beach termina en el río Santa Ana, donde se conecta con el sendero del río Santa Ana que se dirige hacia el interior a lo largo del río. 

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Newport Beach

Newport Beach  es un tramo de 10 millas de playas, marinas e islas al sur de Huntington Beach. Al ingresar a Newport Beach desde el norte, un bloque de casas frente al mar reemplaza los estacionamientos a lo largo del agua y sale a la Península de Balboa, y PCH se desvía hacia el interior.  

Newport Beach es muy rica y densamente poblada. Tiene algunas de las mejores tiendas de lujo del condado en Fashion Island, así como boutiques únicas a lo largo de Pacific Coast Highway. También tienen algunas de las mejores olas para surfistas profesionales cerca del muelle. Dentro del abrazo de la península de Balboa hay varias islas accesibles por puente o ferry que son principalmente residenciales. La isla Balboa también tiene una franja de lindas tiendas y restaurantes. Hay paseos en góndola durante todo el año alrededor de los canales, y durante la temporada navideña, hay recorridos especiales en barco por las luces de Navidad, así como múltiples noches de desfiles navideños.

Las playas principales dentro de la ciudad de Newport Beach incluyen la playa de Newport desde el río Santa Ana hasta el muelle y la playa de Balboa frente al océano desde el muelle hasta el final de la península de Balboa, que en realidad es una larga y estrecha franja de playa. La ruta ciclista Newport Balboa se extiende desde el muelle a lo largo del interior de la playa Balboa, la mayor parte de la península.

19th Street Beach es un tramo de playa pública en el lado de Newport Bay (noreste) de la península de Balboa. Hay otras pequeñas playas de bolsillo alrededor de la bahía que solo son de interés si practicas kayak o remo. Tierra adentro, la Bahía de Newport desemboca en la Reserva Natural Upper Newport Bay, donde también puede realizar recorridos guiados en kayak.

Con el acceso limitado por carretera a las islas y la península, conducir y estacionar puede ser un verdadero desafío durante el verano. 

La comunidad de Corona del Mar tiene tres playas y Crystal Cove State Beach también se encuentra dentro de Newport Beach, pero tienen sus propias personalidades, por lo que obtienen sus propias páginas.

Corona del Mar

Corona del Mar es una comunidad de lujo frente al mar dentro de la ciudad de Newport Beach, al sur de la entrada de Corona del Mar Bend a Newport Bay. Corona del Mar State Beach es la más grande de sus dos playas con media milla de largo y es accesible desde el estacionamiento al nivel de la calle. Tiene un puñado de redes de voleibol y un par de docenas de fogatas. Un extremo de la playa linda con el embarcadero de piedra a lo largo de la bahía de Newport. El otro termina en los acantilados en el Punto de inspiración. Aunque es una playa estatal, es operada por la Ciudad de Newport Beach y no acepta el Pase de Parques del Estado de California. 

La pintoresca Little Corona Beach es aún más pequeña y está completamente rodeada de acantilados y mansiones en lo alto de los acantilados. Se puede acceder por un sendero pavimentado desde la esquina de Ocean Blvd y Poppy Ave. No hay estacionamiento a nivel de playa.

Parque estatal Crystal Cove

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En el extremo sur de la playa de Newport, compartida con la ciudad de Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park tiene 3,2 millas de la pintoresca playa de rocas y arena accesible en su mayoría por senderos de estacionamientos superiores. Es un lugar popular para la acumulación de mareas, el snorkel y simplemente explorar los senderos escarpados. A mitad de camino a lo largo de la playa, cerca de la desembocadura de Los Trancos Creek, el distrito histórico de Crystal Cove es un grupo de cabañas rústicas construidas en las décadas de 1930 y 1940. Algunos de ellos ahora están disponibles para alquilar a través de Crystal Cove Alliance . Una de las cabañas se ha convertido en el Beachcomber Cafe., Abierto para desayuno, almuerzo y cena. Hay un pequeño estacionamiento en la parte superior del grupo de cabañas. Ruby’s Shake Shack en PCH está justo encima del distrito histórico de Crystal Cove.

El parque también incluye el cañón El Moro : 2,400 acres de áreas silvestres en el interior del país tendrán muchas millas de senderos en el lado opuesto de la Pacific Coast Highway. Está cerca del extremo sur de Crystal Cove Beach, parcialmente en Newport Beach y en parte en Laguna Beach. Los campamentos Crystal Cove SP Moro se encuentran adyacentes al estacionamiento inferior para las rutas de senderismo y ciclismo de montaña en El Moro Canyon. El Centro de Visitantes de El Moro está en el estacionamiento superior sobre la Escuela Primaria El Morro (sic). El Pelican Hill Golf Club y el vecindario de Newport Coast se encuentran frente al extremo norte de la playa. 

El agua de la costa es el Área de Conservación Marina del Estado de Crystal Cove (SMCA), que está sujeta a prácticas y políticas de conservación específicas. 

Del Reglamento del Área Protegida Marina:

Usos permitidos / prohibidos :

  1. Es ilegal dañar, dañar, tomar o poseer cualquier recurso marino vivo, geológico o cultural para fines recreativos y / o comerciales, con las siguientes excepciones especificadas:
    a. Se permite la captura recreativa de peces con anzuelo y línea de pesca submarina, y la langosta espinosa y el erizo de mar. …
  2. Take of all living marine resources from inside tidepools is prohibited. For purposes of this section, tidepools are defined as the area encompassing the rocky pools that are filled with seawater due to retracting tides between the mean higher high tide line and the mean lower low tide line.

Laguna Beach

 

Laguna Beach is my favorite of the Orange County beach cities with its chain of 7.5 miles of intimate coves and rocky cliffs. It should probably be its own list, but I don’t have photos of all 33 of its gorgeous beaches, so they’re all here on two pages, split into the City beaches in the north and the county beaches in the south. 

The town itself is an extended artist colony that reaches from the beach into the canyon. The coast is lined with a string of rocky coves harboring sandy beaches. The quaint cottages that used to overlook the coves have mostly been replaced by mega mansions, but there are still areas that maintain the original artist colony feel. Inland, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park provides 40 miles of hiking trails among 7,000 acres of coastal canyons and hills to explore.

Laguna Beach Arts

For the entire summer, the town surrounding Broadway/Laguna Canyon Road is taken over by the Laguna Beach art festivals – three of them at once – and the Pageant of the Masters living pictures production. The rest of the year it still has the most scenic beaches, an exceptional number and range of art galleries, great restaurants and nice hotels. For those who like to meet the artists, Laguna Canyon road is lined with artist studios and workshops, some of which are open to the public.

All Beaches Are Public

Technically, all the beaches in Laguna Beach are public, but a couple of the cove beaches at the north end of Laguna Beach are behind gated communities and have no public access. In other neighborhoods, the entrances to the beaches below are tucked between houses and can be hard to spot and neighborhood street parking is limited. When you find them, the stairways to many cove beaches are equivalent to six to ten flights of stairs, with a few significantly more or less, depending on the beach. Factor in the climb back up when you plan what to carry down with you.

Look, But Don’t Touch.

Much of the coast is rocky, and even sandy beaches tend to have rocky tidepool areas. It is prohibited to remove rocks, shells or marine life from beaches and tidepool areas. Fishing is also prohibited on all Laguna Beach beaches except 1000 Steps Beach.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Unlike other southern California beach cities, all of Laguna Beach’s city and county beaches allow dogs on a 6-foot or shorter leash all day in the off season from mid-September to mid-June. During high season from mid-June to mid-September, leashed dogs are allowed on city beaches before 9 am and after 6 pm. The exception is 1000 Steps Beach, where dogs are not permitted. You are required to clean up after your pet. There is no off-leash dog beach in Laguna Beach.

Which Beach for What?

I’ve included some activities specific beaches are known for, but the activities permitted on each beach can change depending on surf conditions, weather and other hazards, so pay attention to posted flags and signs. The black dot on a yellow background is a no-surfing area. It is usually accompanied by additional signs indicating which direction is surfing and which direction is swimming. Designated swimming and surfing areas can shift from day to day. There is no pier in Laguna Beach, and other than kayaking, there’s no boating. Motorized water vehicles are not permitted.

Surfing and skimboarding are restricted to only 3 full-time beaches and one part-time beach during summer days from sunrise to sunset, between June 15 and September 15. Rockpile, Thalia and Brooks Beach are available for surfing all day during summer. Surfers and skimboarders can also use Agate Street Beach before 12 and after 4 pm on weekdays.

Beyond Crystal Cove State Beach, which is partially in Newport Beach and partially in Laguna Beach, most of the 30+ beaches in Laguna Beach are managed by the City. There are also five county beaches at the south end of the city.

The City Beaches

From north to south, the beaches in Laguna Beach are:

  • Crescent Bay Beach is the northernmost publicly accessible city beach. It is a south-facing sandy cove about 1/4 mile long lined with mansions with rocky outcroppings at either end. It’s accessible down a long flight of stairs at the end of Crescent Bay or Barranca Street, but there’s limited street parking and no lots nearby. Seal Rock, off the north end, is a good place to spot seals and sea lions, but keep your distance; people are not allowed on Seal Rock. Crescent Bay is popular for swimming,  skin and scuba diving, body surfing, body boarding, and tide pooling. It has restrooms and showers and can be quite crowded in the summer. 
  • Shaw’s Cove Beach is a secluded south-facing beach accessible down a long stairway at the end of Fairview Street. There’s metered street parking around the top. There are no amenities on the beach. The beach is good for tide-pooling and sometimes on weekends has docents to educate the public. The west end is also popular with divers. 
  • Boat Canyon Beach is a small south-facing beach, around 400 feet long, with access down a stairway beside the Diver’s Cove condos. This beach is sandy, but the entire underwater area is rocky, so it’s not good for swimming, but is popular with divers. 
  • Diver’s Cove Beach is the next beach south. The coast starts facing more southwest here. It’s a steep beach with a constant shore break that is dangerous in high surf conditions. Popular activities include swimming, skin and scuba diving, and body surfing. There is metered street parking on Cliff Drive. Heisler Park is just above both Divers Beach and adjacent Picnic Beach.There are restrooms and picnic tables at the park, but no amenities on the beach.  Access is down a stairway from Cliff Drive at the north end. There is a Cliff Walk from just above Diver’s Cove south to the Main Beach Boardwalk.
  • Picnic Beach is directly below Heisler Park. There’s a ramp down to the beach from the south end of the park, making it one of the most popular beaches for families and groups of skin and scuba divers. Swimming can be hazardous due to submerged rocks. Avoid walking on the flat, wet, rocky areas at the south end of the beach. It’s covered in fragile sea life and extremely slippery and dangerous. Stay on the dry rocks. There are no amenities on the beach, but there are restrooms at the park above. This is a more west-facing beach, so it’s a nice spot to watch the sunset in summer.
  • Rockpile Beach is around Recreation Point at the bottom of the cliffs between Picnic Cove and Main Beach where the coast goes back to facing south. It can be an excellent place to go tide-pooling at low tide, especially in winter. At high tide, the entire beach may become submerged. The ocean bottom is slippery rock, so swimming and body boarding are not allowed. This is one of Laguna Beach’s three designated surfing areas. Some surfers like this area because it’s less crowded. There is a stairway down from the south end of Heisler Park.
  • Main Beach is a predominantly west-facing beach right at the center of town, starting just north of Broadway and running south four blocks to about Legion Street. Beach access is flat and just a few feet from the street downtown. It’s a sandy-bottom area, making it a popular spot for swimming and body boarding. Surfing is not permitted at Main Beach in summer, but it is the rest of the year. There are a few volleyball nets, and there’s a wooden boardwalk that runs the length of Main Beach Park and connects to the Cliff Walk to the north. Laguna Beach does not have a pier.
  • Sleepy Hollow Beach is the strip of sand in front of the Pacific Edge Hotel. It is accessible from a stairway on Sleepy Hollow Lane just south of the signal at Legion and Pacific Coast Highway. The south reef area is good for bodyboarders, but not for swimming. Metered parking is available on Coast Highway.
  • Cleo Street Beach is the continuation of Main Beach at the foot of Cleo Street. It is a family-friendly beach, but there are no amenities. There is beach access at the end of each street between the houses. The Cleo Street Barge is a shipwreck about 200 yards offshore. Cleo is not a surfing beach, but body surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking and SUPing are permitted.
  • The five-block section of beach from St. Anne Street to Brooks Street is one continuous beach. The sections at St. Ann’s Beach, Anita Street Beach and Oak Street Beach, each named for the location of the beach access stairs – are swimming beaches.
  • Thalia Street and Brook Street are surfing beaches and swimming is not permitted. Surf flags define the area. There’s a spot between St. Anne Beach and Thalia Beach known for having the strongest rip current in town in its one area of sandy bottom between rock reef. Brooks Street Beach is quite tricky entering the water, so only experienced surfers should try it. There are no amenities.
  • Cress Street Beach is a pocket of sand at the foot of the stairs at the end of Cress Street on the opposite side of the craggy rocks from Brooks Beach. No amenities.
  • Mountain Road Beach is a totally rocky area between Cress Beach and the next stretch of sand at Bluebird Beach that some surfers prefer in the off season.  Popular activities include bodyboarding, bodysurfing, and scuba diving. The water here is rocky with two major rip currents. No amenities.
  • Bluebird Beach is a sandy beach in front of the Surf & Sand Resort. It is accessible down a ramp from the corner of South Coast Highway and Bluebird Canyon. The beach is popular with body surfers to the north and body boarders to the south near several small reefs. No amenities.
  • Agate Street Beach/Pearl Street Beach on Arch Cove is a small sandy beach that can be accessed via stairs at Agate Street and Pearl Street. Surfing is not allowed at the south end near Pearl Street  from mid-June to mid-September. but it is permitted near Agate Street before noon and after 4 pm. No amenities.
  • Woods Cove/Diamond Beach is the next stretch of sand beyond Cactus Point. The main stairway at Diamond Street is in the middle of the beach, with another stairway 4 houses north. 
  • Moss Point Beach is a tiny patch of sand and rocks at the foot of Moss Street. It doesn’t hold very many people and can get totally submerged if the tide is high. It is popular with divers, but can have strong rip currents. From Moss Point to Victoria Drive, the coast is rocky cliffs.
  • Victoria Beach is the next sandy stretch, which is accessed at the end of Drummond Drive or via a long stairway at Sunset Terrace off Victoria Drive. There are additional stairways to the beach between the houses on Lagunita Drive. If you see a crosswalk on the street, there’s usually a stairway within a house or two. The beach doesn’t hold many people and the locals have it pretty well occupied in summer, so you might not find a place to park your car or your beach towel.
  • Christmas Cove Beach is the northernmost of three coves accessible from a small park behind the Montage Laguna Beach Resort. A ramp at the north end goes down to Christmas Cove Beach. A stairway at the beginning (south end) of the park leads down to Goff Cove Beach. Middle Man Cove, which is directly below the resort, is only accessible by climbing around the rocks from Goff Cove at low tide. Goff Cove and Middle Man are south-facing and have less surf than the west-facing beaches, so they’re popular for snorkeling and diving.
  • Treasure Island Beach is a longer stretch of sand that begins on the opposite side of the Montage Laguna Beach, extending south to Aliso Creek. There is a ramp down to Treasure Island behind the resort. There’s a path to the same access point from Treasure Island Park on Coast Highway. There’s also a stairway connected to a pedestrian bridge across Coast Highway between Aliso Circle and country Club Drive. Treasure Island is one of the city’s most popular and busy beaches.

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County Beaches in Laguna Beach

All the beaches from Treasure Island south to the city of Dana Point are managed by Orange County Parks.

  • Aliso Beach has more amenities than most of the city beaches including restrooms, concessions, a playground, benches, a few fire pits and an actual parking lot (rare in Laguna Beach). 
  • West Street Beach/Laguna Royale is the continuation of the beach beyond the rocks at Aliso Point. It’s a little longer and wider than Aliso Beach. There’s a path down from the end of Camel Point Drive and a steep stairway down from Coast Highway on the south side of the Laguna Royale condominiums. There are port-a-potties on the north end of the beach.
  • Table Rock Beach is a small double-cove beach between a condominium-topped rock promontory to the north and another sheer rock outcropping to the south. There are steps down from Table Rock Way at Eagle Rock Way and at the end of Seacove Drive. Table Rock is popular with skimboarders.
  • Totuava Beach is the next stretch of beach south. There is no public access from Coast Highway above. The only access is to walk around the rocks at low tide from 1000 Steps Beach to the south. If you do this, be sure you know when the tide is turning so you can get back out before the tide comes in and cuts off access.
  • 1000 Steps Beach is not 1000 stair steps, but it’s 220+, which is the equivalent of 18 normal flights of stairs, so be ready for the burn on the way back up. You’ll find these 220+ steps where 9th Avenue hits Coast Highway. There’s a painted crosswalk on Coast Highway to help you spot this official entrance. There is street parking on Coast Highway. One of the highlights of 1000 Steps Beach is a rocky cave at the south end with stunning views back out to the ocean. The cave is only accessible at low tide.

Dana Point

South of  Laguna is Dana Point, a small town with a harbor deep enough to host three tall ships, two of them at the Ocean Institute. The big draw fro visitors in Dana Point are the 5-star accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel on Salt Creek Beach and the Monarch Beach Resort, adjacent to the Monarch Beach Golf Links.

Dana Point is famous as a departure point for whale watching excursions, which Dana Point celebrates with the Dana Point Festival of Whales the first two weekends in March. 

Like Laguna Beach, some of Dana Point’s beaches are hidden behind gated communities. There are four easily accessible public beaches.

Salt Creek Beach is the northernmost beach accessible to the public. The beach is situated below the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel resort, extending northward to the Monarch Bay Beach Club. There’s a large parking lot across from the resort on Ritz Carlton Drive, and a paved trail  from there through Salt Creek Beach Park down to the sand. 

There are restrooms, picnic tables, seasonal concessions and a half-court basketball court in the park just above the beach. There are paved trails and stairs down to the sand.

The beach itself has sandy and rocky areas around the mouth of Salt Creek, which is usually just a trickle by the time it reaches the sand. Salt Creek Beach is good for surfing, swimming, body surfing and tide pooling. Given the resort surroundings, it’s much more landscaped, than most area beaches and has more beach vegetation.  

If you’re up for a splurge, the restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton are excellent and an ocean-view room is a nice end to a romantic beach day.

Strand Beach is a long narrow continuation of Salt Creek Beach from just below the south side of the promontory where the Ritz-Carlton is located to the Dana Point Headlands about a mile south. There’s a trail that heads south along the inside of the beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton and brings you out onto the north end of Strand Beach. There is a beach parking lot on Selva Road that has a paved path past three rows of mini mansions to the beach. There is also a path down from Dana Strand Road, which is the extension of Selva Road where it dead ends above the south end of the beach and provides access to the trail around the headlands. 

Dana Point Harbor, which is a relatively small marina compared to Newport Beach or Long Beach, interrupts the flow of beaches. You’ll find the Ocean Institute and its tall ships, the Dana Point Nature Center, whale watching excursions, sport fishing, boat rentals and a ferry to Catalina Island at Dana Point Harbor.

Doheny State Beach and Capistrano Beach, described on the next pages, are also in the city of Dana Point.

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach is a little over a mile of very narrow, straight beach from Dana Point Harbor south to Palisades Drive. The biggest attraction at Doheny State Beach is the campground right on the beach toward the north end. Between the harbor and the campground, separated by San Juan Creek, is a park with lots of picnic tables, restrooms, the Boneyard Cafe and Wheel Fun Rentals, where you can rent bikes, surreys, pedal karts, surfboards, boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrellas and sand toys. There’s a parking lot adjacent to this area, and the rest of the beach south of the campground is also lined with a long parking lot for its entire length. 

Doheny is predominantly a sandy-bottom beach, good for swimming and surfing, with a rocky area at the north end good for tide pooling.

There is a pedestrian bridge about half-way down the beach that crosses Coast Highway to a cluster of hotels and restaurants. There is a beach restroom near the pedestrian bridge and another at the north end of the main parking lot near the campground.

Train tracks, coming south from the San Juan Capistrano train station, run along the length of the Doheny State Beach parking lot, but there’s no stop in Dana Point.

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Capistrano Beach

Capistrano Beach is a beach community below the town of San Juan Capistrano that is still within the city of Dana Point. It is separated from a high bluff by the Coast Highway. The beach itself is a narrow strip of unusually stony sand with a parking lot at the north end. The rest of the beach is lined with beachfront homes that sit just above the high tide line. The beach is managed by the county.

Palisades Drive becomes Beach Road as it crosses Coast Highway between Doheny Beach and Capistrano Beach and heads south along the parking lot to the back of the beachfront homes, parallel to the train tracks and Coast Highway.There are restrooms, seasonal concessions and a basketball court off the north parking lot.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, about four miles north of the beach, is a pilgrimage destination for fans of California and Catholic history, as well as the famous swallows that return every spring. The Mission has a special prayer room within the Serra Chapel dedicated to Saint Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer sufferers. 

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San Clemente

 

San Clemente, the southernmost Orange County beach city, has the distinction of being the only one where the Metrolink and Amtrak trains let you off steps from the beach at two different train stations. You can take a train from Union Station in Downtown LA and be on the beach in San Clemente in an hour and a half. You can also catch a train near Disneyland at the Anaheim or Fullerton stations.

San Clemente State Beach also has a campground, so despite the high property values of those Spanish-style homes, you can actually have a very economical getaway to San Clemente. The town has an even more small-town, laid-back vibe than Huntington Beach.

The northernmost beach in San Clemente is a little pocket called Palm Beach, which picks up at the end of Capistrano Beach, separated by a drainage canal. There’s a small park with tennis and basketball courts right on the sand, but the parking is on the other side of Coast Highway, which is called El Camino Real from the city line at the intersection of Camino Capistrano. You can cross El Camino Real at the intersection. This beach is so isolated from the rest of the beach in San Clemente that it’s not even included in the City’s list of beaches. After Palm Beach, there’s a half-mile stretch where houses are built nearly at the high tide line. 

The first in the official stretch of San Clemente beaches is North Beach, where you’ll find the San Clemente Metrolink train station.There’s a four-mile stretch of stony beach from the top of North Beach to the end of San Clemente State Beach with nine other named beaches along the way.

North Beach has a small parking lot, restrooms, seasonal concessions and nearby restaurants, as well as the Metrolink Station. There are a few fire pits at the north end and a volleyball court. Beach access is limited due to the train tracks. There’s an ADA access point from the parking lot south of the train station. The San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail runs along the inside of the railroad tracks.

The next beach access point is at Dije Court Beach stairs. The address at the top of the stairs is 1501 Buena Vista, just south of Dije Court. The stairway is a combination of stairs and ramps equivalent to about 10 flights of stairs. You can also walk along the pedestrian trail from North Beach. There are no amenities at Dije Court Beach.

El Portal Beach is the next access across the tracks off the trail. You’ll also find a 112-step staircase from Buena Vista at the end of El Portal. There are no amenities. Slightly south of the stairway, the sand pedestrian path becomes a raised boardwalk.

Mariposa Beach is the next access point. There is a paved walkway down from the neighborhood above to the pedestrian boardwalk. There’s an underpass under the train tracks to reach the narrow beach. It’s a little less stony along this stretch compared to the northern beaches.

Linda Lane Beach has a pay-and-display parking lot, restrooms and level ADA access points. Linda Lane Park, at the inland end of the parking lot, has a playground, green play area and picnic tables. From the parking lot, trails lead left, right and straight ahead. Straight ahead is an underpass to the beach. Right goes toward Mariposa and Left toward a tiny patch called El Corto, which boasts restrooms and one volleyball court. There’s a stairway down from Corto Lane.

Pier Beach is just steps from the restroom building at El Corto. The San Clemente Amtrak station is at the foot of the pier. There are restrooms, concessions, a few fire pits, ADA access and a full-service restaurant at the foot of the pier, with more restaurants and hotels across Avenida Victoria. There is a pay-and-display parking lot north of the pier and metered street parking. Pier beach is wider and sandier than most of the beaches in San Clemente. At the pier, the San Clemente Pedestrian Trail crosses to the beach side of the train tracks.

T-Street Beach is just south of the pier at the west end of Esplanade Street where it forms a T with Paseo de Cristobal. There is diagonal metered parking around the cul de sac on Paseo de Cristobal. You’ll find a pedestrian bridge with stairs down to the beach. T-Street Beach has restrooms, concessions, picnic areas and fire pits. There are palapas – palm-thatched permanent beach umbrellas – paired with firepits from Pier Beach to T-Street Beach. South of the access point for T-Street Beach, the pedestrian trail crosses back to the inland side of the railroad tracks.

Lasuen (Lost Winds) Beach is the next official access point via a long stairway. You can also access the beach trail at a more or less level spot between T-Street and Lasuen at the end of Boca del Canon. Lasuen Beach has a few volleyball nets, but no restrooms or other amenities. Lasuen is less stony and has a lot of beach vegetation that extends from the hillside down onto the sand. Lasuen and Riviera Beach have a wider stretch of sand than other parts of the beach, so you’re more likely to find dry sand at high tide.

The entrance to Riviera Beach is off the north cul de sac of Plaza a La Playa, a one-block street with cul de sacs at both ends. You can find it by mapping 2300 Plaza a La Playa. The underpass doubles as a storm drain outlet, so water can pool in the tunnel and in the sand beyond the tunnel after it rains. There are no amenities here, but a wider swath of sand.

Calafia Beach has an actual parking lot. Restrooms and concessions are in the parking lot. There’s a short flight of stairs down to the beach.

San Clemente State Beach starts where the rock wall next to the train track gives way to low sand dunes and vegetation. There is a parking lot and a large campground for RV and tent camping on the bluff above the beach at this point. There’s a steep trail from the campground down through an underpass to the beach. There are restrooms and showers on the bluff, but no amenities on the beach. There are some short hiking trails around the top of the bluff. The strip of beach below the bluff continues a mile south to San Onofre State Beach on the San Diego County line, but the state beach ends just before there. Where the beach vegetation by the train tracks goes back to a rock pile, you’re on Cottons Point/Cypress Shores Beach, which can only be accessed by walking from San Clemente State Beach or San Onofre State Beach unless you live in the gated community above.

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