The Pelican Point Entrance is where Newport Coast Drive dead ends into Crystal Cove State Park. Parking is on the beach side of PCH. My family enjoys this entrance because of the boardwalk that goes through the coastal sage scrub and the path that winds around to the viewpoint path over Little Treasure Cove. Driving Directions to Pelican Point and Treasure Cove Parking … [Read more...]
Beaches in OC
Find the best beaches for nature walks, whale viewing, sunsets, and family outings. I also give lessons on how to spot dolphins from shore and share tidepooling tips. Playgrounds near the beach are also included in this category. Just keep clicking the "Next Page" link at the bottom of the page. You'll even find out how to pack a bag for the beach and where to see trains while you play by the shore.
The Crystal Cove Historic District & Cottages at Newport Coast are what most people associate with this state park. It's popular for its cottages which are available for rental through ReserveAmerica.com, the Beachcomber cafe, interpretive programs and public events, and Ruby's Shake Shack up on the bluff. It's also a really fun place to take out-of-town … [Read more...]
Reef Point is the start of the bluff area that stretches north above Moro Beach. You can stick to the bluff trails and boardwalks or you can take the stairs and ramps down to the ocean. Driving Directions to Reef Point: Take Pacific Coast Highway to south of the shops at Crystal Cove. The entrance to this Crystal Cove State Beach parking area is on the beach side. Turn … [Read more...]
The hardest thing about a trip to Calafia Beach is pronouncing it! It's part of San Clemente State Beach, except you'll pass the State Beach entrance on your left and continue to the parking lot at the end of Calafia. It's a skinny strand of beach, so you'll definitely need to watch the tides to time your visit. Location: Take Interstate 5 to San Clemente. If you are coming … [Read more...]
The Resorts at Dana Point are founding partners in the Reef Check Foundation's Adopt-a-Reef program. Reef Check trains and supports a network of volunteer divers to monitor over 100 protected underwater parks in California - and many more internationally. (It's a lot more complicated than that with different protection designations for different areas, but we'll call them … [Read more...]