Pelican Point and Treasure Cove at Crystal Cove State Park

Pelican Point and Treasure Cove

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...]

Reef Point at Crystal Cove State Park

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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...]

3 Best Toddler Beaches with No Waves

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You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC?  And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3, but they come with a note of precaution.  Still water beaches, meaning no waves or surf, have a general propensity for water quality issues and they can also be good stingray habitat - at least along the warm sandy edges. Check Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for water … [Read more...]

Quiet Trestles Beach

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My first adventure to Trestles with my family was when the trestle was still made out of wood. I wrote about "Beach Walking for Families in a Surfer's Paradise." In June 2013, the Surfrider Foundation just fought again to save Trestles from encumbrance by the tollroad -- and I imagine the fight will just keep going on and on every couple of years.  So please follow the news and … [Read more...]