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Orange County Beaches

It's all about the best beaches in Orange County. If you're a sun-loving, fun-loving person looking to embody that sophisticated yet casual SoCal lifestyle, then take a retreat to the iconic Golden Coast. Discover your mojo along the 42 miles of uninterrupted beaches and extensive recreation surrounded by an engaging balance of natural beauty and eclectic cities. From the main street vibe in Seal Beach down to the historic surf spot of San Onofre, your quintessential OC beach experience awaits. Even the tide pools in Orange County are some of the most sought-after in the nation. It's time to dive in!


Beaches of Orange County

Aliso Beach County Park - Aliso Beach features sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and scenic coastal foothills. The park is in two sections-the beach and an inland area that includes coastal chaparral and Aliso Creek. Swimming, surfing, skin diving and paddle boarding all take place in the waters off Aliso Beach.

Capistrano Beach Park - Enjoy volleyball, basketball and other beach activities. During the summer months, a concession building offers fishing gear rental and sales, food and beverages, and beach supplies.

Seal Beach Municipal Beach and Pier - Serving as the northern gateway to The OC's 42 miles of beaches, this quiet community has a small town feel.  Stroll the Seal Beach Pier, the second longest wooden pier in California. Just off the beach, lining Main Street, the quaint downtown area is filled with mom-and-pop shops and local restaurants.

Sunset Beach and Surfside Beach - Spanning a 3-mile stretch, Surfside Beach and Sunset Beach have excellent visitor amenities and provide ample space for recreational activities, including swimming, body and board surfing. A surfing zone is on the north end of the beach. Quieter beaches, less known to tourists. Close to restaurants along Pacific Coast Highway.

Huntington Beach "SurfCity USA"
Huntington Beach boasts some of the widest beaches in California. The famous waves make Surf City USA the hub of surf activity and beach culture in Orange County. Learn more...

  • Bolsa Chica State Beach
  • Huntington City Beach & Pier
  • Huntington State Beach

Newport Beach
Named one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, Newport Beach is a paradise for visitors and local yachting enthusiasts. If hiking trails and bird-watching are part of your vacation plans, look no further than Newport's Upper Newport Bay ecological preserve. Learn more...

  • Balboa Peninsula Beach & Pier
  • "Big Corona Beach"

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach offers 20 distinctive beaches and coves along the most dramatically beautiful stretch of the Orange County coast.  Coves in north Laguna are favored for scuba diving and tide pool exploration. Lively Main Beach is located in the center of downtown within steps of many restaurants and shops in this historic and art-infused downtown. Learn more...

  • Crystal Cove State Park
  • Aliso Beach County Park

Dana Point
More exclusive than OC beaches to the north.  Beach activities include volleyball, swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, windsurfing and tide pool exploration at low tide. California's first state beach, Doheny Beach covers 62 acres of scenic oceanfront.  Learn more...

  • Salt Creek Beach County Park
  • Doheny State Beach

San Clemente
Heading into South Orange County, San Clemente offers 20 acres of sandy beaches.  North Beach is a kid-friendly area, with playground equipment, beach volleyball, a snack bar and snorkeling gear rentals. The main City Beach runs north and south of the 1,200-foot-long historic fishing pier.

  • San Clemente City Beach - Friendly sidewalk cafes and seafood restaurants with great views can be found at the base of the pier. Trafalgar Street Beach (known as T-Street) is one of the busiest seashores in town, popular with both families and surfers.
  • San Clemente State Beach - Campground; swimming, body surfing, board surfing, snorkeling and sunbathing.
  • San Onofre State Beach - San Onofre is a boarder's dream. The West Coast's well-known surfing haunts-Old Man's and Trestles- attract expert wave riders. Two pro surfing competitions take place here: Nike 6.0 Pro (May) and Hurley Pro (September).

Orange County's famous coastline provides endless outdoor recreation to the traveler and local alike.  Visit our region's picturesque Coastal Parks for the best coastal hikes and unrivaled beach trails.

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