Corona Del Mar State Beach

Corona Del Mar State Beach

From the high blufftop to the secluded sandy beach, Corona del Mar State Beach is an inspirational place to take your little one for some undistracted time with the family. Large rocks at the water’s edge and small waves make this California beach feel exotic.

Atmosphere: Corona del Mar has million-dollar houses built into the hillside and a high-end village lining Coast Highway. The calm beach is popular among swimmers and other athletes, who get their exercise running the boardwalk and up the hill to Inspiration Point.

Parking and Entrance: If you’re lugging lots of baby gear, it’s worth paying the high fee to park in the sea-level lot. Otherwise, you’ll be doing some serious hiking down to the beach from the streets above.

Nice Walks and Views: For a view of this movie-worthy beach, stop at Inspiration Point and let baby run her fingers across the memorial plaque. Be sure to take a quick stroll along the ½ mile-long boardwalk once you’ve made it to the sand.

Activities for Toddlers: Particularly adventurous toddlers may want to climb the rocks or explore the jetties that frame this beach. The protected waters are also perfect for beginning waders.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms and showers are near the parking lot.

Perks for Parents: For some underwater alone time, dive right from the shore at Little Corona, south of the state beach.

Where to Stay with Kids: As Corona del Mar isn’t really a destination in itself, stay further north in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula.

Baby-friendly Restaurants: Head to Coast Highway for some local, well-to-do flavor and a pastry on the patio of Rose Bakery and Café. (3536 E. Coast Hwy, Ste. C)

What Else to Do: If baby falls asleep in the car seat, take a walk through the peaceful gardens of Sherman Library. (2647 E. Coast Hwy.) Or, find some organic veggies to mash for dinner at Saturday’s farmer’s market.

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2 comments on “Corona Del Mar State Beach

  1. Oh wow — great pictures! I love visiting tide pools, but I’d never heard of this spot. Living in the desert, a few times a year we HAVE to get our beach fix… next trip to the coast just might include an OC stop. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • We also try to get out to the Long Beach Peninsula as often as possible. It is by far the best beach town we’ve ever been to which made the decision to buy property in Long Beach an easy one. The Long Beach peninsula is such a beautiful area and offers plenty of fun and entertaining things to do and see and all the great restaurants never disappoint us. This place is definitely the Best!

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