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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST BEST BEACHES



    Many people go on San Diego vacations because the city boasts of some of the best beaches in the country.









    Zuma Beach ~ Malibu ~ A beach town that has a marina for boats and yachts. There are fine dining restaurants on the waterfront that include The Cheesecake Factory, El Torito's and Charlie Brown's. This community is home of bodybuilding and Fitness USA competitions.





    NEWPORT BEACH: The wave break over the breakwater and it is create strong waves. There is no boards allow in this harbor so it is a haven for expert bodysurfing. Trendy Southern California Beach, Newport Beach also is welknown for Trendsetters. There are so many things to do beside being at the beach building sandcastles, sunbathing or strolling on the beach. You should go on the boat tours. During winter, there are whale-watching tour and for children, there's an old-fashioned Fun Zone with rides galore. This beach town also has a friendly atmosphere but can be crowded with summer sightseeers. Don't forget to step out to see Historic Balboa Pavilion, a nearby state park, and visit Fashion Island for shopping fun.




    CORONA DEL MAR: This wide, deep beach offers a lot of room, which attracts large crowds. A jetty keeps the waves mild to moderate (boogie boards can be rented). Volleyball nets, fire pits and a grassy picnic area make for a great all-day beach. Climb over the sandstone rock to Pirates Cove on the west to see interesting geology that attracts rock climbers.
    Until the late 1920s, Corona del Mar was a tiny village, reached from the peninsula by small boat at high tide, or by a muddy dirt road that crossed over the Irvine Ranch. Today, Corona del Mar offers many landmark places to visit, as well as some of the most trendy shops and restaurants.
    (history from Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce)
    Near by cities, Newport Beach, San Juan Capristrano, Crysal Cove State Park.
    Virtual Tour at UC Irvine site

    LAGUNA BEACH



    LAGUNA BEACH:  Parking difficulties aside, this may be OC's premier beach, if the blend of locals and tourists from around the world is any indication. It's quaint and picturesque, yet has plenty of attractions: basketball courts, volleyball courts, a nearby concentration of shopping downtown, and decent waves. Sand too crowded? Head north or south to the more secluded bays and coves.



    LAGUNA BEACH.



    LAGUNA BEACH.

    Salt Creek Beach Park extends for more than a mile below coastal bluffs. This is a particularly gorgeous beach with broad expanses of sand. Public Restrooms are available. Surf fishing, Boogie boarding, and surfing are allowed. The shore is crowded near the beach entrance, so for a more secluded spot, you'll have to walk a few hundred yards to the north or south. Bring lots of quarters for the meters.



    Photo By Jieranai Maier
    Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, Ca

    DANA POINT:  Dana Point Harbor The Harbor houses 2,500 yachts within its two marinas, inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. Complete harbor facilities include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jetskiing, kataking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers.
    Thirty (30) intriguing shops are loaded with unexpected treasures. Dana Point is the home of the popular sportfishing vessels owned and operated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
    The Ocean Institute offers a variety of programs for the whole family as well. Enjoy sea adventure cruises day and evening and summer programs on the Brig “Pilgrim”. The Dana Point Youth and Group facility attracts hundreds each week for its wide variety of programs for all ages. Their Summer Beach Camp is very popular for kids who want to spend supervised time at the beach. Catalina Island is just a boat ride away. Catalina Express and Catalina Explorer offer many departures / arrivals times.

    Dana Point Visitor's Center
    Dana Point Harbor
    Capistrano Beach Park is wide and sandy -- and great for swimming. Because it's less well known than others in the area, it tends not to be as crowded. The parking is decent, there are restrooms, showers, and beach equipment rentals are also available.

    LA JOLLA has the best sheltered cove for snorkeling, although all the marine are protected and you can not take anything out of the sea with you. This beach community offers a wide variety of beaches, recreation, shopping and nightlife. Named by Spanish explorers as "the jewel" La Jolla is a quiet and sophisticated town. The La Jolla area is great for a family beach vacation because of its many attractions such as the Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum at The Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and the Torrey Pines State Reserve. This beach town is also close to the attractions of San Diego.




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    MARINA DEL REY: The best beach for children. The beach has a sheltered cove so there is no big wave for mother to worry about the kids in the water.




    Santa Monica
    Photo By Jeri Maier
    Copyright © 2003


    SANTA MONICA: Santa Monica State Beach is one of the widest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles area with everything from an amusement park on the pier to volleyball. The bike path goes for miles directly underneath the Santa Monica Pier north and south. This beach promises to keep the entire family entertained. On the pier, the Pacific Park amusement center offers a nine-story Ferris wheel that provides a bird's-eye view of the city and coastline. There is also a 1920s vintage carousel, plus skeeball, air hockey, pinball, video games and more. A bait and tackle shop on the pier serves fishing fans. South of the pier is the newly renovated Chess Park and the original Muscle Beach. Here you can either play a game of chess or work on your tan while swinging on the rings, climbing the rope, or doing pull-ups. There is also a smaller muscle beach for kids. There are free live concerts Thursday nights during the summer months; call (310) 458-8900 for details.
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    VENICE BEACH: The most eccentric beach in California. You'll be entertained by just walking up and down the beachfront walk. Beach front or "street" performers and flea market type bargain shops rule this artsy community. Home of the famous outdoor Venice Beach Gym. This beach has been seen in endless amounts of movies like White Men Can't Jump and TV shows like Pacific Blue. Photograph above from a link to Venice Beach
    Also visit a good site for Venice History


    MANHATTAN BEACH: home of Los Angeles athletes such as Shaquille O'Neil, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Mike Dodd (volleyball). The beach scene resembles an episode of Baywatch. It's mostly a mid-20's age crowd at the bars and night clubs. El Porto Street is known for it's great surfing and boggie boarding. There's plenty of jogging, bicycling, and rollerblading along the Strand, which runs along the beach front. There's plenty of beach restaurants in this small, yet popular beach community.
    Parts of Jerry McGuire were filmed here.

    PS: Shaquille O'Neil moved to Florida!!


    Manhattan Strand ~ Next to Hermosa Beach
    A hot spot for surfing, body surfing, or boogie boarding. This long sandy beach is where rock'n'roll's famous Beach Boys found the inspiration for their surf music. The waters at Manhattan Beach are good for swimming, diving, surfing, and fishing. The Manhattan pier has the Oceanographic Teaching Station, which is equipped with a marine lab and aquarium. From the pier you can look out through the telescopes and get excellent views of Palos Verdes, Catalina, and the northern beaches. If you are lucky, you'll see dolphins pass by. Swings sets for children are located Marine and 40th St.

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    Manhattan Strand & Manhattan Beach

    Photos by Jieranai Maier © Copyright, 2006

    One of the beautiful homes on the Manhanttan Strand.

    Party At A Beach House, Hermosa Beach
    hermosa pier
    Hermosa Pier, a popular spot for night life. Famous restaurants, bars and night clubs with many customers waiting in lines in the street to get in during weekend nights.

    Photos by Jieranai Maier © Copyright,2006


    San Clemente

      San Clemente State Beach is popular with surfers on the north end of the one-mile beach. Other popular activities are skin diving and hiking along the trails on the bluffs.
      The beach has a landscaped bluff top with picnic areas. Trails lead down to the beach, which is also popular for body surfing, swimming, and skin diving.
      The beach is located near the south end of San Clemente on I-5 (Basilone Road.) The park entrance is reached via the Avenida Calafia exit.
    Delmar Beach
    Delmar Beach
    Delmar is famous for the Delmar Race Track and its beaches.

    Delmar Beach
    And Estate Homes!

    Scultures Along San Diego Bay Boardwalk.

    IMPERIAL BEACH: Nestled between the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge to the south and restricted U. S. Navy property on the Silver Strand to the north, Imperial Beach maintains a small coastal-town ambiance generally reserved for Central and Northern California beach communities. Imperial Beach features some of the newest, best maintained public facilities found anywhere in the county.


    There are so many more beaches and coastal towns in Southern California that we will add here in the future. Cities and towns such as... Catalina, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Sunset Beach, San Juan Capristrano, Coronado, & Mission Beach,

    Sun rises at Maier Ranch, Temecula Wine Country
    Photo by Jieranai Maier © Copyright,2006



    Temecula Wine Country Balloon Ride
    Photo By Jieranai Maier, © Copyright, 2006

SOUTHERN CAL LINKS

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Official Site Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors
Extensive information for tourists for Los Angeles areas. Los Angeles Calendar of Events. Balboa/New Port Rentals
Orchard Road Villa For Rent SEA WORLD in San Diego Newport Beach link. Hermosa Beach - Live view of the surf, beach and strand updated once a minute. La Jolla Cove By Johnny Olson Visit California
Oceanside Long Board Surfing Club California Surf Museum 223 N. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 721-6876
California Coastal Records Project
Restaurants Campgrounds Beds and Breakfast Balboa/New Port Rentals Orchard Road Villa For Rent SEA WORLD in San Diego Newport Beach link. Hermosa Beach - Live view of the surf, beach and strand updated once a minute. La Jolla Cove By Johnny Olson Hermosa Beach - Good Stuff Restaurant. Web Cam at LA Bridge.
Marina Del Rey by LA Bridge
California Missions Make a stop along California coastal trip and visit some of these historic missions along El Camino Real and Highway 101, you will love it if you are a history buff.
Corona Del Mar State Beach Huntington Dog Beach Santa Monica Beach Orange Country - Corona Del Mar Huntington Beach - Live Cam Laguna Breach Learn to Surf California Poppy Reserve California State Park Palm Springs Web Site Bed and Breakfast. or Inns along the coast or camping along the coast Temecula / De Luz Avocadoe Growing Region. Wineries along the Central Coast Area grapevine
Temecula Valley Wineries
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association WineCountry, Temecula Shopping:
Pacific Coast Hiway Shopping For more information contact :
* Dana Point Chamber of Commerce at 714-496-1555
* Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949-673-4050
* San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau at 619-232-3101




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