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Corona del Mar State Beach

This week I’m posting about another beach that, if you’re not a local, might be a new one for you and is definitely worth a visit.

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Corona del Mar State Beach is located in the southern part of Newport Beach at the mouth of Newport Harbor and right across the water from Balboa Pier. It’s a gorgeous area with rocks and cliffs you can climb, areas for barbecuing or picnicking, a rock jetty you can walk out to the water on, and (of course) a beach for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and whatever else you like to do.

Things to do:

  • Walk along the rock jetty out to the water.
  • Since the jetty blocks the waves, the water is perfect for swimming or body surfing. You can also surf the bigger waves.
  • Play volleyball on the courts that the beach provides.
  • The California Parks and Recreation website mentions that you can also fish, snorkel or scuba dive.
  • Lastly, you can explore and climb around big rock formations on the northern part of the beach.
Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

Photo by Kelsey Reinhardt

State Beach:

Since Corona del Mar is a state beach, there are some amenities that other beaches don’t always have. For example, there is a lifeguard, picnic areas with barbecues, fire pits for bonfires, bathrooms and outdoor showers. It’s operated by the city of Newport Beach, so it’s known to be clean and family oriented.


  • You can park in the lot for the beach itself, but there is a fee. However, there are many streets near the beach where you can find free parking spots.
  • Since it’s a state beach, it attracts families and bigger groups during the summer and on busy holidays.
  • You can have dogs on leashes from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Corona del Mar State Beach

3001-3099 E Shore Ave

Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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