Corona Del Mar State Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Kris R
Sun Prairie, WI29 contributions
We spent some time on a few different beaches along the California shore, and this one was ideal! We loved being across the bay from The Wedge - to see some of the big waves roll in, as well as some of the luxury yachts that cruised on by. My husband, 15yo son, and 12yo son were able to catch some great waves on their boogie boards because of the jetty. We were also able to search for mini crabs, which was a cool experience for us (being from Wisconsin).

There are several fire pits for those later evening stays. The bathrooms and showers were not far away, and we felt there was ample parking nearby.

We would definitely come here again... as the view is amazing! Be sure to bring your sunscreen! The sun is brutal!
Written June 5, 2022
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deanna_morrison
Edmonton, Canada16 contributions
Beach was beautiful & clean. Volleyball nets set up, numerous fire pits closer to washrooms & showers. (Bring your own wood). Some street parking but paid parking close to beach.
Written January 1, 2020
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,292 contributions
Walked along cliff above the beach and noted that the parking was lot below was pretty empty. Nice views of beach and small harbor. Was worm during our time there. Many expensive homes above and interesting to see. Many people not wearing masks.
Written December 13, 2020
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jessyr364
14 contributions
Couples
Extremely overcrowded and seems to be getting more and more ghetto. NO ONE wearing masks, people not distancing on the sand. Do yourself a favor and do not come here during the weekends in the summer. My husband and I decided to leave after 5 minutes. Too many careless people...
Written September 7, 2020
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grpandnana
Wilmington, NC609 contributions
CDM is one of my favorite beaches in the country. It is beautiful looking down from above or being down on the sand. A perfect place to sit and watch the sunset and relax. The grassy area above is a perfect spot to take a picnic.
It is also a perfect place to get engaged. Hubby asked me to marry him 32 years ago at the clift above the seals.
Written February 1, 2020
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JeffBransford
Corona del Mar, CA159 contributions
Family
I live here, and here are the tips. There is a loading and unloading zone down the hill, so if your car is packed, and you don't want to pay for parking on the beach ($15 all day, but lower by the hour) use this, drop off the kids, family, coolers, tent, and everything else, one person drives up the hill, parks, and walks down. The hill is easy to walk down, but coming back up after a day at the beach can be tough for all. Parking on top is free. And please remember where you parked, the streets are alphabetical flowers. Tip #2-Weekend parking on Ocean Blvd.-BE CAREFUL, there is a No Parking zone by the beach entrance, and even if other cars are parked there, don't! They do ticket, and it's around $80.00 now. Tip #3-Forgot something? There is a Smart and Final grocery store that just opened where Albertson's used to be on PCH, and a Rite Aid next to that. Guess that's it, it's a family beach, it's beautiful, the waves aren't too big for kids, the lifeguards are very helpful, there are fire rings, but for charcoal only now, I think, you can watch the boats come and go into the harbor, it has volleyball courts, it has showers, newly remodeled bathrooms, it has a snack bar, and you might see dolphins and seals.
Written May 18, 2016
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sirputz2017
Huntington Beach, CA20 contributions
A great beach to learn how to ocean swim and boogie board. Great for kids. Paln ahead and getr there early especially in the summer so you can get a spot.
Written October 8, 2020
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TrvlJunkE
East Wenatchee, WA385 contributions
Family
We took a quick 4 day trip to California to visit our son and to feel the SUN on our bones again as we begin another long winter in the Pacific Northwest. While in sunny California we visited a different beach every day. We spoke to locals, googled and looked through online sources and our hotel sources for which beaches to go to. We were looking for something less traveled, family oriented, parking, snacks, and rentals.

We found this beach met all of our particulars except one. We did not find beach rentals at this property but we did find a GREAT PLACE to rest and enjoy some time in the sun and sand. Park right next to the beach, unload, play time begins. If you have some exercise enthusiasts in your group they may enjoy climbing the stairs up to the street we prefer to pay for the parking and unload right at the beach. Another great thing is the parking is so close, not like some of the beaches in WA where you park a mile away and the beach is so wide it feels like another mile to get to the actual water. This was a quick walk, which is great when you have children or elderlies with you.

Our family would highly recommend this beach!!!
Written November 19, 2018
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Ashley N
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States259 contributions
Family
I've been to the beach here since I was a child and it is my favorite OC beach. It has nearly everything you would want in a beach; perfect boogy boarding waves, tide pools, a rock you can climb over to the lagoon, rock jumping,decent bathroom facilities, volleyball, grassy areas, parking thats never too full, a private beach a ways up the hill thats a good spot to eat dinner. The little known lagoon is so calm, great for little kids and paddle boarding, you just have to climb over the big rock. Parking has gone up a bit, 10 years ago it was $6 a car, now its $15, but I think well worth it for a day at the beach. Such a clean beach. Really the only thing it doesn't offer is a pier that sells ice cream and a ferris wheel, if you want that, go to Newport/Balboa.
Written July 14, 2014
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
Couples
Sunday night at Inspiration Point, sharing the top of the hill with several hundred others to watch the BIG RED BALL sink into the low grey clouds and disappear. We must have done this a thousand times. Some nights extremely clear, some so foggy you begin to wonder what you are up here trying to see. Last night across the channel, you could watch the waves breaking at the WEDGE. Not quite coming over the top of the jetty, maybe a splash of white foam. Got lucky and found a place to park, without driving back and forth on Ocean Blvd. When we first came here 50 years ago, small single story beach cottages lined the streets with lawns and roses. Used for summer resident vacations. Today it is a bit different, with zero lot line, two story, mansions lined up next to each other. And seemingly used rarely by their owners, their gardeners continue to take perfect care of the property.
Written June 24, 2019
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