I never realized how many OC beach playgrounds we actually have for playing right in the sand! But, then again, why am I surprised with so many Orange County beaches suited for families? Years ago, I wrote up a similar list for the family travel website Trekaroo.com. You should check them out if you're planning family trips this summer. I know many of the prolific travelers and … [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.
Orange County beach and ocean sunsets are the perfect ending to our days playing outdoors. We've lived away from the beach - up in the mountains of Colorado or in the Piedmont of North Carolina - so I especially appreciate the opportunity to see the waves crashing as the sun sets behind Catalina Island. We see an ocean sunset at least once a week and strive for more. My son's … [Read more...]
You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC? And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3 plus two bonus beaches, 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 … [Read more...]
We go to Catalina Island every summer. We've been visiting Catalina ever since I was in high school - so that's 20+ years. I'm surprised how many of my friends have never taken the trip over to the island. It's a whole other world out there! You feel like you've traveled back in time to wide open California spaces. Background Catalina Island is one of the Channel … [Read more...]
Beach trips can be a snap if you have a system and know what to bring. A big part of my system is having everything pre-packed so that when I decide to take the kids to the beach - we just load up the car and go. We go to the beach year round so I have our routine down. I even made a PRINTABLE PDF CHECKLIST for you! Sunscreen the kids before you go and bring some to … [Read more...]