Beaches in Orange County close to Anaheim
2016 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Cruises!
2016 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Cruises! One of the top ten holiday events in country (New York Times). Over 2 million people view each year. (Dec. 14-18) Call (949) 675-0551 or click Christmas Boat Parade for more information.
Can't make the 5 nights of the parade?
Newport Landing offers Holiday Lights Cruises Dec 2-Jan 1 with three cruise times nightly. See amazing light displays of bay front estates and many of the ships competing in the parade of lights. Call (949) 675-0551 or click Newport Holiday Lights Cruise for more information.
Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Located in Newport Beach, CA just 20 minutes from Anaheim, Newport Landing Sport fishing & Whale Watching offers adventure for everyone with year round 1/2 day fishing and 3/4 day fishing trips along with multiple whale watching cruises daily.
Corona del Mar State Beach
Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers, surfers, divers, not to mention tide poolers and sandcastle-builders. Recently remodeled, the park offers modern restrooms, showers, jogging paths, fire rings, volleyball nets and shaded picnic areas. The half-mile long sandy beach is framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor.
Swimmers and sunbathers flock to the beach in summer and winter, capping off their day in the sun with a night of casual or fine dining. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular, and surfing off the jetty is prime. Newport Beach has a lengthy bike trail, which extends around most of the peninsula. Riding along the boardwalk is fun and a great way to check out some of the most expensive real estate in Southern California.
Crystal Cove State Park
Three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. It is an amazing feeling of being “away from it all” despite being so near to one of the largest populated centers in the U.S.
Laguna, "Window to the Sea," located in the heart of downtown Laguna. The boardwalk area features a pathway to Heisler Park, volleyball and basketball areas, picnic tables, children's play area, and protected tide pools.
At the turn of the 19th century, Dana Point was the only major harbor between San Diego and Santa Barbara. Now the harbor features a modern marina with boats offering whale watching cruises from November through March. Along with its beaches, the harbor also offers restaurant dining with a harbor view and gift shops.
Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington Beach
Soft sand, bonfire pits, beautiful sunsets, surfers—Huntington Beach beaches have been synonymous with surfing and California beach culture since Duke Kahanamoku —the Father of Surfing — first surfed the HB Pier in the early twentieth century. Huntington City Beach offers bike paths, surfing, volleyball. Bolsa Chica features bike paths, camping, hiking and surfing.
Time seems to slow down here. Enjoy crystal clear waters, sunlit beaches and the relaxing sensation of “island time.” Rent a golf cart or explore quaint shops, dining and a historical casino in the City of Avalon. Spot a buffalo on the bus ride across the island to the village of Two Harbors.