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Balboa Island Corona Del Mar
Dana Point Laguna Beach
Huntington Beach Newport Beach
San Clemente Seal Beach
Sunset Beach Surfside
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Balboa Island

Description: This charming man-made island accessible from Newport Beach via ferry boat or access road, offers beaches, shopping and many restaurants.

West Jetty View Park Balboa Beach

Corona Del Mar

Description: Corona del Mar is a part of the City of Newport Beach. It is nestled on and at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills fronting the Pacific Ocean and offers many spectacular views, along with beaches and tidepools.

Bayside Drive County Beach Little Corona Beach
China Beach Rocky Beach
State Beach

Dana Point

At the turn of the 19th century, Dana Point was the only major harbor between San Diego and Santa Barbara. Now the harbor sports a modern marina which is a popular spot for departure of boats offering whale watching cruises from November through March. Along with it's beaches, the harbor also offers restaurant dining with a harbor view and gift shops for taking home gift souvenirs from your vacation.
Dana Point Harbor Webcam

Salt Creek State Beach Capistrano Beach
Doheny State Beach Poche Beach

Laguna Beach

Mansions and quaint beach cottages line bluffs above the sandy coves along the seven mile, scenic coastline of Laguna Beach. Tourists have been flocking to this little piece of paradise to scuba dive and enjoy the scenery for 100 years.

Aliso Creek Beach
Divers Cove
Shaws Cove
Brooks Beach
Main Beach
Victoria Beach
Crescent Bay
Picnic Beach
West Street
Crystal Cove
Rockpile Beach
1000 Steps

Additional Laguna Beach locations: Sleepy Hollow Beach: at west end of Sleepy Hollow Lane, (Located between Legion and Thalia) Expansive stretch of sands perfect for swimming and surfing. Ruby Viewpoint: West end of Ruby St, Laguna Beach CA. Three Pocket Beaches: At west end of Diamond St, Moss St, and Victoria Dr at Sunset Terrace, Laguna Beach CA


Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in northwestern Orange County. This city hosts one of the largest pleasure piers in the world and offers miles of spacious, sandy beaches. Huntington Beach is also home to and expansive City park system which includes 58 public parks and the largest city-owned and operated regional park in Orange County -- Huntington Central Park. Also within the city's boundaries are three miles of equestrian trails, school playgrounds, a city gym, a seniors' recreation center, two golf courses, 72 tennis courts, a marina, and a protected wildlife preserve.

State Beach City Beach
Bolsa Chica


Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California's premier oceanside retreat, offers everything you need and anything you could want. With its close proximity to John Wayne/Orange County Airport, the city is easily accessible to all visitors. Superb golfing, world-class shopping, yachting and a uniquely Californian sophistication, make Newport Beach an inspiring destination.

Municipal Beach
Santa Ana River County Beach

San Clemente

San Clemente is a unique beach town built on hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Twenty acres of sand beaches and a 1,200-foot long fishing pier with commanding views of coastal bluff and hills is what makes this a popular beach town for locals and tourists alike. A bait and tackle shop is located at the end of the pier along with a full service restaurant and bar at the base. Umbrella, surfboard and bodyboard rentals are available close to the pier and food concessions are open on a seasonal basis at popular North Beach, "T" Street Beach and Calafia Beach Park.

San Clemente State Beach and Peir
Califia Beach

Seal Beach

Seal Beach is a quaint seaside community on the northern most border of Orange County. Located at the mouth of Alamitos Bay, it provides access for boats and yachts entering the Pacific Ocean from Huntington Harbor. Old Town Seal Beach features shady, tree-lined Main Street, a beautiful beach and pier.

Sunset Beach

Description: Sunset Beach is an unincorporated community in north Orange County, California. Located on the Pacific Ocean, many houses reside on sand beaches, with hotels, restaurants and shops situated along Pacific Coast Highway, the primary road passing through this one mile stretch between Huntington Beach and the unincorporated town, Surfside.


Between the cities of Seal Beach and Sunset Beach is the quaint little city of Surfside. Most hardly know it exists because this little piece of paradise is guard gated, with admission into the community being a bit challenging

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Protecting Our Beaches & Ocean

Beach Cleanups - Seal Beach
Held from 9 am to Noon, third Saturday of every month (check schedule on their website)

Community event where 'all are welcome'. They provide parking passes, garbage bags and protective gloves

15 1st Street
(corner of Ocean & 1st)
Seal Beach

(562) 884-6764

International Beach Cleanup Day
Conserving Underwater Environments through education, advocacy and action

Project AWARE Foundation is the dive industry's leading nonprofit environmental organization. Offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland and Japan combine efforts to protect aquatic resources in 175 countries around the world. Every year Project AWARE Foundation (located in Rancho Santa Margarita) organizes a beach cleanup at Salt Creek Park. Volunteers have been invaluable with weighing the trash collected and ensuring recyclables are separated and recording data.

This is also an opportunity for youth to get involved with the AWARE Kids program.

Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation's most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation's 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts.

There are all kinds of volunteer activities to do, from beach cleanups to water testing to educational presentations to writing newsletters to attending city council meetings to many other things.

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** Beach Information compiled in cooperation with
Parke Puterbaugh & Alan Bisbort - Authors of California Beaches



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