Orange County’s Best Beaches

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, Orange County has some of the best beaches, known as the “Orange Coast’. The beach actually stretches 42 miles ranging from broad sand beaches to cove beaches to tide pool areas.  Each beach has something different to offer, whether you want to swim, surf, skim board, or just relax in the beautiful California weather.

Photo by JT Steves

Photo by JT Steves

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is one of the most popular beaches and the most vibrant; it is known as “Surf City”.  The beach is over 8 miles long, popular for swimming & surfing and has a bike path for bikers, skaters, & walkers. Huntington is also known for the Pier, Main Street, which has great restaurants & shops, the U.S. Open of Surfing and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament.

Newport Beach

Newport Beach was recently named Orange County’s Best Beach by the O.C. Weekly. The wide beach is great for the serious surfer or just the beach goer and has a bike path also. The two piers, Newport and Balboa, are both landmarks for Newport and have restaurants, shops, and a “Fun Zone” with games and rides. Newport Beach has activities for everyone; enjoying the beautiful beach, renting an electric boat, shopping, dining, harbor cruises, and much more!

Photo by 101thingstodosw.com

Photo by 101thingstodosw.com

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is considered the most picturesque beach city; it has been compared with the French Riviera. There is a large beach right downtown with volleyball nets and many restaurants surrounding the beach. Along with the beautiful beach, Laguna is known for the Arts, and host the Sawdust Festival & Pageant of the Masters every year.

Photo by Anne Ackemann

Photo by Anne Ackemann

Aliso Beach

Aliso Beach is very popular for families. The waves aren’t too big and there are picnic tables, playground equipment and fire pits. It is also known to be the best spot for skimboarding.

Photo by Daniel R Blume

Photo by Daniel R Blume

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove is made up of beautiful coves set against coastal bluffs. Along with the beautiful beach, visitors can snorkel, hike the hills of El Moro Canyon, and eat at the historic Shake Shack and The Beachcomber. Crystal Cove is also known for the tide pools.

Photo by CA Travel & Tourism Commission

Photo by CA Travel & Tourism Commission

1000 Steps Beach

Take 230 steps down and reach this is hidden gem, a “local’s” favorite for surfing, bodysurfing, and volleyball. When the tide is low, you can discover the hidden sea caves and sea life in the tide pools.

Photo by Ian White

Photo by Ian White

These are just a few of the beaches on the “Orange Coast”.  The best part of these beaches is that they are within 20 minutes of our beautiful, Camden Orange County properties; Camden Crown Valley, Camden Main & Jamboree, Camden Martinique, and Camden Sea Palms!

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