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California Gray Whale Migration

The California Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Orange County coast during the months of December, January, February, March, and April.

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Other Articles on OC Beaches
California Gray Whale Migration
Capt. Dave's Weekly Ocean Report - The 'Common' Dolphin
Close Encounter of a Blue Kind
Orcas (Killer Whales) Viewed Off Newport Beach Dec/Jan 2012
Orange County Waterfront Properties
Pacific Marine Mammal Center- rescuing sick and injured marine mammals since 1971!
Whale Capital of the West - Dana Point California

There is an undeniable connection between the ocean and Orange County, California's lifestyle. Visitors and residents alike are constantly drawn to our beaches. Our 42 miles of coastline offer up spectacular views and a wide spectrum of entertainment that all translate into a certain lifestyle, which you can hear in the music, see in the fashion, and taste in the food.

A southbound drive from Seal Beach to San Onofre reveals the allure, the romance, and the creative energy of the County's beaches. Surfside Beach, just south of Seal Beach, is guarded and gated, which is why it may also be the least crowded patch of sand south of Malibu. If you're traveling light, you can park at nearby Sunset Beach and walk a few blocks north along the sand.

If you prefer to bring all your beach toys with you - boogie boards, fins, beach chairs, volleyballs - head farther south to Bolsa Chica State Beach, where parking is a breeze, thanks to the 2,500 parking spaces next to the clean, wide beach or go down to Huntington Beach where its professional surfing events and youthful lifestyle make its moniker as Surf City U.S.A well earned.

The Costa Mesa Freeway spills into Newport Beach at its southern terminal, explaining one of the reasons why this stretch of coast gets particularly busy in the summer. The sand courts at the end of 42nd Street are great for casual two-person volleyball games, and the surf between 32nd and 44th Streets is popular for body surfing.

"Big Corona," in Corona del Mar, is the perfect family spot, with mild waves for young swimmers, while "Little Corona", a few blocks south is a favorite tidepool spot. The many small, rugged coves north of Laguna Beach make for great snorkeling and scuba diving, while the grassy parkland along the city's Main Beach is the perfect spot to watch a pro volleyball match or a pick-up game of basketball. Farther south, Salt Creek Beach Park, just below the awesome Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel resort, is one of the best swimming beaches in Orange County.

The most popular beach campground in all of California can be found at Doheny State Beach, south of Dana Point Harbor. San Clemente and San Onofre have a greater assortment of surfing spots - for both experts and beginners - than anywhere in the world. But the best way to find your favorite Orange County beach is to just drive along the coast until you find a spot that looks appealing to you. Then unpack the car, dip your toe in the water, and let the alchemy begin.



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