Named one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, Newport Beach is a paradise for beach-going visitors. With over 10 miles of beaches ideal for families, surfing, body boarding or just sunbathing, Newport is the ideal OC beach destination. Within our coastline find stellar views, waves and soft sands at Corona del Mar State Beach or in Newport Beach itself, along Balboa Peninsula or further north along Pacific Coast Highway. And if hiking trails and bird watching are part of your vacation plans, look no further than Newport's Upper Newport Bay ecological preserve and reserve and Crystal Cove State Park, with its picturesque Los Trancos and El Moro Canyons are coastal hiking trails that will not disappoint.
Balboa Peninsula Beach & Pier
At the end of Balboa Blvd., west of Main St.
A fun beach with nearby cafes and surf shops. Outfitters on the side streets rent rollerblades, beach cruisers and surfboards. The beach offers a small-scale surf break-rarely surfable, but a mellow place to get on a board for the first time. Across Balboa Blvd., next to the Balboa Pavilion, is the family-friendly Fun Zone. Just look for the Ferris Wheel and follow the scent of popcorn and cotton candy.
Coronoa Del Mar State Beach "Big Corona Beach"
Marguerite Ave. & Ocean Blvd.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Known as "Big Corona Beach," this is a half-mile long sandy beach framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. A great family beach and a popular place for swimmers, Big Corona is also popular with surfers, divers, volleyball players and sunbathers. Above the beach is a walking path along Ocean Blvd. and a lookout point to enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island, some 25 miles away. And the sunsets here are incredible! On the other end of Ocean Avenue at Poppy is "Little Corona" is reached by a steep pathway (making it easy to wheel equipment right down to the beach.) The beach is relatively small, flanked on both sides with protective rocky reefs. Its seclusion and the kid-friendly tide pools are highlights. It's a popular diving and snorkeling spot and a great beach for families that don't want to worry about little Lones.