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Bolsa Chica


Bolsa Chica State Beach is a great place to watch the sunset and have a bonfire with family and friends. There are 200 fire pits available, but arrive early as they are occupied on a first come first served basis. During the day, be sure to check out the wildlife by taking a hike nearby at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.


17851 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Thousand Steps Beach

A hidden gem in Laguna Beach accessed by a hidden staircase. Its tidepools and sea caves are very popular amongst beachgoers and its secretive location makes it the perfect place to get away from large crowds.

1000 Steps Beach, California 92651

Corona Del Mar State Beach

Spend a warm sunny day at the picture-perfect Corona Del Mar State Beach. Famous for being featured in Gilligan’s Island, this beach is a must-visit. Surfers and swimmers flock here, and it’s half-mile stretch of sand allows for enough elbow room on a busy weekend.

3001 Ocean Blvd Corona Del Mar, CA  92625 United States

Pirates Cove

Located just past Lookout point park in Newport Beach is Pirates Cove. Locate the staircase camouflaged in the rocks and make your way down to the small, secluded beach area where kids can swim and explore the small caves.

Ocean Blvd and Heliotrope Ave Newport Beach, CA 92625

Dana Point Harbor Beach (Baby Beach)

Rent a kayak or paddle board and row your way around the harbor. If adventuring into the water isn’t quite your speed, sit back and relax on the beach or have a picnic on the grass. Baby Beach is also family friendly and there’s a designated swimming area for kids!

24300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

If you’re looking for a day full of fun, this is the place to be. The beach is unique because it is inside an enclosed area, which gives it a bit of a lake-type atmosphere. Rent a private cabana, go for a short cruise on a duffy boat, dine at the Back Bay Bistro and let your kids run free on the water obstacle course.

1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Crystal Cove State Beach

 With campsites and beautiful historic cottages available to rent, Crystal Cove State Park is the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary, go on a family trip, or spend time with friends. The state park has 2,400 acres of wilderness and 3.2 miles of beach, making it suitable for hiking and tidepool exploration.

8471 N. Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States

Laguna Main Beach

If you enjoy hustle and bustle and being in a place where there is always something going on, Laguna Main Beach is for you. There is never a dull day when visiting this beach. It is dog-friendly, and there is no shortage of sports facilities to keep you active. Downtown Laguna Beach is just a short walk away, where you can find restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and more!

101 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA  92651

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