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    Question Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Can anybody recommend a good beach to take my 3 young daughters to? Someplace quiet, with tide pools for seashell hunting is what I have in mind, if there is such a place. Doesn't have to be sand & surf, just a nice shoreline that doesn't get too much traffic. We only get to CA every 2-3 years and I haven't had much luck in finding a beach like this, so I would be very appreciative of any good tips! Thanks!

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Sorry, I can't help much in regards to SoCal.

    If you every make your way to NorCal try the Monterey Peninsula. It is a bay that stretches from Monterey/Carmel to Santa Cruz. It is home to many quaint and rocky shorelines and tide pools.

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Yes, there is a quiet, small beach my family would spend days at in Newport Beach (20 minutes from Anahiem), I can try to get you the directions because it really is perfect for kids and it's not all that big so your kids can't go too far, I used to love it. I'll send you an ariel picture.

    Heres a picture to show u just how close it is to the real beach yet how out of the way and unnoticed it is, (its the small one on West Bay Ave.)



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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Hands down, the best beach for tidepools in Orange County is Little Corona del Mar State Beach, otherwise know locally as Little Corona. This beach is in Corona del Mar, which is a village inside the southern half of the city of Newport Beach. It is about 20 to no more than 25 minutes away.

    To get there from Anaheim, go south on I-5 for a few miles. Then head south on Hwy 55 for another 5 or 6 miles. Head south on Hwy 73 and exit MacArthur Blvd (do not go further south or you will have to pay a toll). You are forced to go one way on MacArthur at the offramp, so continue for a few miles until it dead ends at PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy). Go left on PCH and then go right on Marguerite Ave. Go left on Ocean Blvd. If you take Ocean Blvd to the end it dog-legs to the left and becomes Poppy Ave. Park anywhere along these streets. Parking is free. At the dogleg you will see a concrete path heading down the side of the bluff to the beach.

    This beach has wonderful tidepools with creatures such as crabs, sea anenomes, starfish, and sea urchins. You will find other shells and sometimes sand dollars on the beach itself.

    One thing to keep in mind in general for the tidepools no matter where you go: if you can avoid it, it is best not to touch the wild life. If you do touch it put it back exactly where you found it. And if you get caught taking it home you may be subject to a fine. I think you should be ok with shells on the beach, but definitely removing a tidepool specimine can be illegal and definitely harmful to the enviroment.

    Other than that, this is definitely the closest beach to go to for what you're looking for

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    I would suggest North Laguna Beach. There are a lot of small beaches and rocks that make excellent tide pools at low tide. The northmost beach is usually pretty quiet, and it's such a gorgeous place to go - and it's less than a half hour away via freeway.
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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Hello again.

    Here is a link to the city of Newport Beach website that gives a lot of additional information on the tidepools at Little Corona, including directions and a loosely drawn map. Click on the different links once you get there. There is a lot of information. Apparently removal of even the shells on the beach itself is punishable of a fine of up to $1000.00! I didn't know there was an actual fine until I saw this just now! I would imagine that similar regulations are in effect at the other area tidepools, including those in the city of Laguna Beach. Perhaps you can all look at the nice shells and buy a little bag of seashells at a gift shop. Or you can do what I have done before I actually saw this just now and just take some -- no one noticed, I suppose fortunately.

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    I'll second Little Corona for you, DIP. You can't take anything with you from the beach, but the bigger beaches don't really have anything to look at/collect anyway. This one will be smaller, but way more interesting.
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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Wow... 2 hours drive you can go south to San Diego or north to Santa Barbara! There's beach the entire way.


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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    Quote Originally Posted by SusieP. View Post
    I'll second Little Corona for you, DIP. You can't take anything with you from the beach, but the bigger beaches don't really have anything to look at/collect anyway. This one will be smaller, but way more interesting.
    Laguna has some wonderful beaches and tidepools. I used to work on Coast Hwy and Diamond -- near Woods Cove and I sorely miss it. However, Laguna is a little farther away from Anaheim (though not too much) and while the beach may not be quite as crowded, IMO the streets are and the fact that they are steep, narrow, and windy only makes it seem even more so. (But I live in Newport so I'm a little biased I guess )

    But Laguna is a very nice choice too, should they decide to go there. The information on the Newport Beach website as to how to treat the wildlife certainly applies to Laguna too, and there probably are similar fines there as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Wow... 2 hours drive you can go south to San Diego or north to Santa Barbara! There's beach the entire way.
    True, CB. I find it so funny that people who come here for strictly visits to Disneyland don't realize that compared to where some of them come from, they are practically right on the beach, or at least near the ocean. In fact the closest beach to the DLR is only 15-20 minutes away. (Although this particular stretch of the beach does not appear to be what the op is looking for)

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    [quote=DisneyIPresume;2861603]Hands down, the best beach for tidepools in Orange County is Little Corona del Mar State Beach, otherwise know locally as Little Corona. This beach is in Corona del Mar, which is a village inside the southern half of the city of Newport Beach. It is about 20 to no more than 25 minutes away.

    To get there from Anaheim, go south on I-5 for a few miles. Then head south on Hwy 55 for another 5 or 6 miles. Head south on Hwy 73 and exit MacArthur Blvd (do not go further south or you will have to pay a toll). You are forced to go one way on MacArthur at the offramp, so continue for a few miles until it dead ends at PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy). Go left on PCH and then go right on Marguerite Ave. Go left on Ocean Blvd. If you take Ocean Blvd to the end it dog-legs to the left and becomes Poppy Ave. Park anywhere along these streets. Parking is free. At the dogleg you will see a concrete path heading down the side of the bluff to the beach.

    This beach has wonderful tidepools with creatures such as crabs, sea anenomes, starfish, and sea urchins. You will find other shells and sometimes sand dollars on the beach itself.

    One thing to keep in mind in general for the tidepools no matter where you go: if you can avoid it, it is best not to touch the wild life. If you do touch it put it back exactly where you found it. And if you get caught taking it home you may be subject to a fine. I think you should be ok with shells on the beach, but definitely removing a tidepool specimine can be illegal and definitely harmful to the enviroment.

    Other than that, this is definitely the closest beach to go to for what you're looking for



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    Thanks!

    This is why I love MiceChat! I check on my question from yesterday expecting maybe one reply, and instead i get 3-4 great suggestions complete with links and aerial photos!!! Thank you all very much, I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out!

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    Re: Fun beaches within 1-2 hrs. drive of Anaheim?

    I know I'm super late for this thread, but I took DIP's advice on this beach last year, and I could not have been happier. Amazing views, no one was there and it was very relaxing! Thanks so much for the great advice.




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