Doheny State Beach near Dana Point Harbor is one of my favorite spots in Orange County. We like to hang out at the harbor for breakfast, walks, and visits to the Ocean Institute. I always seem to be walking through Doheny State Beach or driving past it on my way to the harbor. Things to Know about Doheny State Beach A California State Park offering day use areas for … [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.
Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park in Newport Beach make me think of the good 'ole days at the beach. There are always families wandering around the shops and restaurants, kids riding bikes, and tourists visiting from out of town. On the summer day we visited, Junior Lifeguards were there, in force. Location: There are two piers on the Newport Peninsula: the Newport Pier … [Read more...]
Crystal Cove State Park's waters are a designated underwater park--which may be why the tidepooling was so amazing on our visit. December and January are notorious for the highest of high and lowest of low tides. I'm sure you'll find something different on every visit throughout the year. There is so much more to Crystal Cove than this one post. If you want to visit more … [Read more...]
Picnic Beach in Laguna Beach is connected to Heisler Park by a paved bluff-top path and sidewalks. With so many coves in Laguna Beach, it's often hard to uncover where one beach stops and another begins. Such is the case with Picnic Beach. In my endless summer quest to find the perfect family beaches, we spent the day playing at this little Laguna oasis between Heisler's … [Read more...]
Capistrano Beach Park, better known as Capo Beach, is one of my favorite Orange County beaches - not for swimming - but just to pull into the parking lot, pile out, and be in the sand right away. It's often foggy in the morning. It neighbors Doheny State Beach and boasts brilliant sunset views. You'll be able to spot San Clemente Pier and Dana Point Harbor from the … [Read more...]