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Orange County Beaches

Portofino Inn & Suites Anaheim isn’t just a great place to stay near DISNEYLAND®. Within a short drive of the hotel, you’ll find the best beaches in Orange County. Whether you want to soak up some Southern California sun, sand, and surf, go whale watching, head out for a deep sea fishing tour or learn to surf, you’ll have your pick of great beaches up and down the Orange County coast.

Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Located in Newport Beach, CA just 20 minutes from Anaheim, Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers adventure for everyone with year-round half-day day and three-quarter 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 and 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.

Balboa Peninsula

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. Plus, 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 are designated as an underwater park. It is an amazing feeling to be “away from it all” despite being so near to one of the largest populated centers in the U.S.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, also know as the “Window to the Sea,” is located in the heart of downtown Laguna. The boardwalk area features a pathway to Heisler Park, volleyball and basketball areas, picnic tables, a children’s play area and protected tide pools.

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 features a modern marina with boats offering whale watching cruises from November through March. Along with its beaches, the harbor also has restaurant dining with a harbor view and gift shops.

Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington Beach

Soft sand, bonfire pits, beautiful sunsets, surfers—these gorgeous 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 and volleyball. Bolsa Chica features bike paths, camping, hiking and surfing.

Catalina Island

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.

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