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 … [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.
Seabridge Park in Huntington Harbour / Huntington Beach was like a "oh, finally!" moment for me. After asking around, some HB locals call this Mother's Beach whereas the City of Huntington Beach saves that name for nearby Davenport Beach Park. You've told me about this area before, but I never realized the exact location until I finally got to visit. There are … [Read more...]
Eisenhower Park sits at the base of Seal Beach Pier. The intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue is a great spot to start your exploration of Seal Beach. For those who may be wondering, piers are for strolling. You're at the beach! Take it slow and enjoy the scenery. Your kids will spot everything from surfers, to swimmers, to starfish and shellfish on … [Read more...]
Take the FREE Balboa Peninsula Summer Trolley to Balboa Pier to enjoy your day at the beach rather than hassle with traffic and parking. I know there are trolleys in many Orange County beach cities: Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. We haven't taken advantage of them as we should, but I'm sold now that we accidentally stumbled upon the Balboa … [Read more...]
Playtime need not be limited to the playground. The day we took a leisurely family stroll on the San Clemente Pier was a perfect reminder. Location: Head towards San Clemente and exit I-5 at Avenida Palizada. Turn south onto El Camino Real (the main street that parallels the freeway). Turn right onto Avenida del Mar and follow it all the way down to just before the … [Read more...]