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...]
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.
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...]
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...]
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...]