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HB Surf School Summer Surfing Lesson Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Events, Featured, Giveaways, Huntington Beach | 7 comments

  Have your kids always wanted to learn how to surf? Don’t know where to start? The HB Surf School is a fantastic place where my kids learned how to surf this past Spring. Within less than an hour, my kids were standing on a board while hanging ten on a wave next to the Huntington Beach Pier. The HB Surf School offers classes and summer camps where children can have the experience of a lifetime getting to learn how to surf. If you haven’t found the perfect summer camp for your children, sign-ups are happening now, and filling up quickly. We are thrilled to treat one lucky to kid to a surfing lesson at the HB Surf School this summer! The winner will also receive a gift pack that contains a t-shirt, stickers, hat and sunglasses. (We recommend...

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Family Guide to Orange County Beaches

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Beaches, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Featured, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 1 comment

  You wake up one summer morning and tell the kids, “let’s go to the beach!” As you gather the boogie boards, assemble sandwiches and search for sunblock …you begin to question, “wait, what beach should we go to?” Exactly which Orange County beaches are the right for my family? Which has ample parking, life guards on duty …or, do we just want to rent bikes and go easily into town for lunch and ice-cream? If you can’t decide which beach to pick, here is a guide to help you choose your ideal beach day that meets your expectations. Here are my picks for the coolest family- friendly beaches: For a full guides to the best beaches in Orange County, visit our beaches category, and guide to the OC tide pools. Seal Beach Seal Beach offers a quaint town...

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Guide to the Best Tide Pools in Orange County

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Beaches, Best of OC, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Featured, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 3 comments

  With so many beautiful, rocky shorelines in Orange County, tide pools are abundant. Our family loves spending summer days exploring these little ecosystems. The children are always fascinated by the spiny sea urchins, keyhole limpets, hermit crabs, small fish, mussels, sea stars, and colorful anemones. The diversity of life in these marine protected areas vary based on the amount of time they are covered by water. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you take a step further and realize there’s a whole new world to explore. This creates hours of fun for all ages. Safety tips: Be sure you are aware of the tides at all times. Try to go as the tides are going out rather than coming in. Even at low tide, waves can come in quickly. Feel free to ask lifeguards and docents about...

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Pirates Cove Beach in Corona del Mar

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Beaches, Corona del Mar, Featured | 1 comment

  Pirates Cove Beach in Corona del Mar was one of my favorite beaches to hang-out when I was a teenager. Over the years, Big Corona became more popular, and more families frequent this beach on the weekends. It might be busy on the weekends, but this premiere beach is almost always empty on a weekday afternoon, giving families an entire beach to themselves. The only downside to this beach is that it is *not* easy to get to with little children. Families can park on the streets above the beach (Ocean Blvd), or pay to park in the Big Corona parking lot. Then your family will need to climb a large rock formation to reach the stairs that lead down to this beautiful cove. Once inside of the cove, your family can explore the many caves or wade...

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Huntington Beach Surf School

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Beaches, Events, Family, Featured, Fitness, Huntington Beach | 1 comment

  Have your kids ever wanted to learn how to surf? Don’t know where to go? We have found the best place for your kids to learn how to surf in Orange County at the HB Surf School. My older son has been wanting to learn how to surf, but is deathly afraid of going out far in the ocean. My husband and I have a love for the ocean, and want to share it with our kids. When my son was just a toddler he got spooked when a squid came up to his mask while snorkeling with us in Hawaii. Ever since that day, we had no luck in getting him past “where he could touch” in the ocean. Now that he is in Junior High, a lot of his friends are surfing. He keeps telling us...

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Tidepools at Tablerock Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  It might be starting to cool down in Orange County, but weather never keeps our family away from the beautiful beaches in Laguna Beach. Visiting the Tidepools in Laguna Beach is another one of those fun things to do in Orange County with your children. Last week, we ended the weekend with a walk on Tablerock Beach, and enjoyed the beautiful sea life that lives in the Tidepools. When the tide is low, Tablerock Beach has some of the most incredible tidepools for your children to explore. A large rock formation allows children to climb, explore and learn about sea life at this exclusive beach. Finding Tablerock Beach is not that difficult, but finding parking is a significant challenge. Instead of having to worry about parking in the narrow parking places along PCH, I have found it easier...

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El Moro Canyon Beach in Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

 The weather has been so wonderful this week that it feels just like Summer again. A group of our friends camped out at the El Moro Canyon campgrounds during the week, and we came down to enjoy a day at the beach with them. This was the first time that I had been at the El Moro Canyon Beach in Crystal Cove since I was a young child. Until recently, this beach was private, and only the residents of the trailer park had access. After the trailer park had been removed, it was converted into a campground, and the public gained beach access. Since not many people realize that you don’t have to be a camper to visit this beach, there is hardly anyone in the turquoise waters of this beach. Accessing this beach can be a little tricky....

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Camel Point Beach in Laguna Beach is Best of Beaches in California

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Where is Camel Point Beach in Laguna Beach? While driving along PCH yesterday with my kids, they shouted out that they spotted a “hidden” beach access sign along PCH. I immediately pulled over, to check out this beach that we had yet to discover in Laguna Beach..just to find that it was Camel Point beach. We had read so many inaccurate stories about its location, and that was why we were always so unsuccessful in locating it over the Summer. It was truly one of the best beaches in California for us yet to discover. Finding this beach is not easy, and they did that on purpose. For a long time, this beach had no local access signs. Although, it was always a public beach, the locals wanted the public to think it was private. I am not...

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Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Victoria Beach was one of the last beaches that we visited this Summer, and ended up being one of our favorite beaches in Laguna Beach. The only downside to spending a day at this beach is the parking issue. There is extremely limited parking around this beach, and it is quite a trek getting down. For a special occasion, I recommend bringing your family down at least once before the cold weather strikes to enjoy a day at this beautiful beach. Since parking is such a challenge for getting your family to this beach, I always recommend coming with two adults. Then one adult can unload the kids and gear at the top of the stairs while the other adult makes the walk to the nearest parking space. The beach is located right at the corner of South...

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Guide to Visiting Newport Elementary Beach Playground

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

  There is nothing better than to load up the back of the car with the family bikes and head to the Balboa Peninsula to bike ride along the boardwalk. There are so many delicious beachside restaurants, parks to enjoy and of course – the ever famous fun zone. Every time that my family goes down to the Balboa Peninsula for a family bike ride, the kids always love making a stop at the Newport Elementary Beach Playground for some fun after an ice cream cone at the Stuft Surfer Cafe. During the weekdays this playground is used for the kids who attend Newport Elementary School, but during the weekends, families are encouraged to enjoy the premiere playground equipment right on the beach. There are two large playground structures, swings, basketball courts, and lots of small climbers. My kids...

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Guide to Agate Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 1 comment

  Agate Street Beach in Laguna Beach is the neighboring beach to Pearl Street Beach and Bluebird Street Beach. Actually, if you look close enough, it kinda is still the same beach. What is the different between the two? Just about 10-15 feet. Agate Street is just the next beach access over from Pearl Street, so the city gave the beach its own name. What I love about this beach is the large rock formations. When we spend the day at this beach, we will set-up our beach blankets right next to the giant rock formations. If you squint your eyes enough, you can often get the feel of being on your own private beach. Agate Street Beach is located right at the end of Agate Street and PCH in Laguna. Parking is super easy at this beach since...

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Guide to Visiting Mother’s Beach in Dana Point

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Beaches, Dana Point, Featured | 1 comment

  Mother’s Beach in Dana Point has been a popular beach destination for mom’s with young children for many years. Why? Because there are no waves. Children can play in the still, calm harbor water they can sit and relax on the beach. I have to be honest that I have never brought my children to Mother’s Beach out of fear of the pollution in the water, but many of my friends have found it to be completely safe for their children. Where is it located? Mother’s Beach is located right inside of the Dana Point Harbor next to the Ocean Institute. Parking can be very tricky when visiting during the weekends, but on the weekdays there is always plenty of metered parking available. The beach is very calm with absolutely no waves. There is a small section of...

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Guide to Mountain Road Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Mountain Road Beach in Laguna Beach is part of a long strip of beaches in Laguna. It is a small section of the beach located right in front of resort, Capri Laguna on the Beach. It is most known for its historic memorial, the Garden of Peace and Love, at the top of the stairs that was built for those who have lost their lives to AIDS. More than 50 people have their ashes scattered at this oceanfront memorial. There are porcelain cherubs located throughout the brush to see while walking down the large flight of stairs to the beach. The beach is just a small strip of the main strip of sand, but is very peaceful, and relaxing. There is a lifeguard tower located right at the bottom of the stairs, and the surf on this section...

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Guide to Bluebird Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

  Bluebird Street Beach in Laguna Beach is part of a long strip of connecting beaches. It is located right in front of the Surf & Sand Resort, and is often filled with vacationers playing a game of frisbee in the water. Beach access is challenging unless staying at the resort, but there is public parking along PCH for those who are interested in visiting. My family will often walk down to this beach when visiting Cress Street Beach or Pearl Street Beach. This is the true center of a long strip of Laguna Beaches, and it often has the best surf for younger kids. There are not a lot of rocks, and there is a nice dividing line for surfers vs. swimmers. Where is Bluebird Street Beach? It is located right at Bluebird Street and PCH right in...

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Guide to Cress Street Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Cress Street Beach in Laguna Beach has been a popular local beach destination since I can remember. The beach is often located by its historic Cress Street clock at the top of the beach access stairs. The beach has huge rock formations for kids to explore and climb, and the beach makes a slight curve creating a partial cove on the long strip of beach. My husband and I, will often sit on the bench at the top of the Cress Street Beach stairs after a cocktail at the rooftop in Laguna. Where is it located? It is located at the end of Cress Street and Pacific Coast Highway. It is the end of a long strip of connecting beaches, but this is one of the favorite places for families to spend the day. The only downside to...

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Beach Dining Options with Maro Wood Grill

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Beaches, Dining, Featured | 0 comments

  It is Labor Day weekend, and time to visit our local beaches. Woods Cove has become one of our favorite beaches this summer because of the great features, crystal clear water and the convenient dining options from Maro Wood Grill. Let’s be honest, the only downside to planning a beach day with the family is having to pack a giant cooler filled with food feed the family for the day. Not only do we have to pack all the food, but the lug the heavy cooler down to the beach. Maro Wood Grill has simplified the beach experience for families by offering their beach dining options. When my family visited the beach a couple of weeks ago, we ordered a gourmet lunch from Maro Wood Grill on our way to the beach. When the kids started to get...

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Beachside Bungalow Daycations at Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Traveling with a family does not always have to mean large expenses and a ton of travel arrangements.  It truly is possible to escape for a bit with daycations; it is amazing what just even a few hours can do for your mind and spirit.  We discovered truly beautiful beachside bungalows that make for the perfect daycation at Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach. Valet parking is available for guests at Pacific Edge Hotel which is a comfort in the congested beach areas.  After you park, you walk down a few steps to find a beautiful long private deck available to the guests staying in the bungalows for the day.  We immediately fell in love with how spacious each bungalow’s patio seating area is. The bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel are each individually decorated to offer their own...

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Guide to Goff Cove Beach in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  My friend Karen and I have raised our kids along the calm shores of Goff Cove Beach in Laguna Beach. There was one summer that we spent everyday at this beach. We officially called this the true “baby beach” in Orange County because of it’s calm waves that are hardly ever over 6 inches tall. Why did we love raising our kids on this beach the most? It is a small cove beach that on a weekday hardly has more than 10-15 families (with a lifeguard). Did I mention that it is the only beach along the coast that has *never* had an attempted drowning either? Yet another plus for Mother’s feeling safe bringing their kids to this beach without bringing another parent or guardian to help. Once the beach of a trailer park on the cliffs along...

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Guide to Strands Beach in Dana Point

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Beaches, Dana Point, Featured | 0 comments

  Strands Beach is one of our top three favorite beaches in Orange County.  The view is spectacular at this Dana Point beach, it is clean, and we love watching the surf action! Strands Beach is located in Dana Point but it can be hard to find an address for it.  To get to Strands Beach, drive on PCH and head west on Selva Road.  Follow it around a small corner and pull into the parking lot for Strand Vista  Park on the right hand side. The best news? Parking is free!  If the lot is full, parking is available on the street There are a number of steps to walk down to access the beach, but they are wide and easy to navigate.  There are also numerous landing pads where you can take a few steps without stairs or...

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Swimming in the Laguna Beach Tide Pools

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Beaches, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

  Why have a swimming pool installed in your home when you can swim in nature’s swimming pool? One of the my favorite things to do with the kids when the tide goes out is to swim in the rock formation swimming pools that the tide left behind. I don’t have to worry about anyone getting swept out to sea, and the kids can swim with the fishes and other various sea life in the Laguna Beach tide pools. Where can I find this? There are multiple different locations for finding the best “rock ocean” swimming pools, but *again* Woods Cove is a favorite. There are multiple places that have nice deep rock formations that are perfect for creating swimming pools for the children to explore. Not only can the kids swim in these natural swimming pools, but they...

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