Corona Del Mar State Beach#1 in Best Things To Do in Newport Beach
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Corona Del Mar State Beach is one of the most popular shorelines in the city – and for good reason. Its calm surf makes it ideal for swimmers, and the half-mile-long stretch of sand means it's easy to find a spot to sunbathe. The beach is hugged by towering cliffs and provides a picture-perfect backdrop for a romantic date night or a family photo.
Near the parking lots, you'll find many volleyball nets for public use. The beach offers public restrooms, outdoor showers and an array of picnic tables. There are also fire pits for public use during normal beach hours (from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.) available on a first-come, first-served basis; you'll have to bring your own wood and fire starters, though.
Above the beach, visitors will find a grassy area that's ideal for picnics. If you're at the beach around sunset, head to Inspiration Point – an overlook just south of the beach that provides panoramic views over the ocean. Bring a picnic blanket and join the crowds who come to watch. There's also plenty of parking, according to previous visitors. To top it off, past travelers said the beach is clean and well kept.
There are many restaurants scattered around the area a few blocks behind the beach, making for easy lunch options during your beach day. Dogs are allowed on Corona Del Mar State Beach before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. If you're driving to the beach, take the access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard. There are street parking options above the beach, as well as a paid parking area closer to the sand. The beach is free to enter aside from parking fees. For more information, visit the beach's official website.
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Whether you're an avid surfer, or you simply want to relax on the beach and watch the daring wave runners and body surfers, The Wedge is the perfect place to spend your afternoon. It was created in the early 1900s when a jetty was built to protect the harbor, resulting in a beach area with large waves. Now, The Wedge has some of the largest waves in Southern California, measuring up to 30 feet. The drastic conditions attract some of the most skilled surfers in the country. Obviously, it's not a place for beginner swimmers or young children because of the strong riptides and currents, but if you stick to the safety of the sand, it's a great beach to enjoy.
The beach is lined with massive homes for your admiration, and past visitors enjoyed watching the boats pulling in and out of the harbor. The Wedge also provides ideal views of the sunset and nearby Catalina Island.
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