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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 close...

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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, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Summer | 5 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 dangerous...

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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 in...

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