The Wedge#2 in Best Things To Do in Newport Beach
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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.
Located near the harbor entrance at the very end of the Balboa Peninsula, you can access The Wedge for free from nearby Balboa Beach. There is usually street parking available in nearby residential areas for visitors. However, previous travelers advised walking or riding a bike to the beach on potentially crowded summer days, so you won't be stuck circling for a spot. You could also park at the Balboa Pier and walk to The Wedge. For more information on this section of the beach, visit the website.
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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.
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